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    Where to Buy Thai Art in Bangkok

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    Thailand is home to a multitude of artists, painters and sculptors, but for art lovers and art collectors it can be difficult to source the finest contemporary pieces. Bangkok Art Galleria is perhaps the only place in the region where critically acclaimed, contemporary art can be bought from the collections of several galleries, all under one roof. This cluster of esteemed galleries is located in The Jewelry Trade Center (JTC) on Silom Road. It is a well-signposted, five-minute walk from Surasak BTS Skytrain Station.

    Three establishments in particular are worthy of recognition:

    • Thavibu Gallery, which sources the very best of Thai, Vietnamese and Burmese modern art.
    • Tang Contemporary Art, which handles both Chinese and Thai paintings, sculptures and installations.
    • Number 1 Gallery, dealing almost exclusively with Thai modern art from the Kingdom’s most promising artists.

    Thavibu Gallery

    Thavibu Gallery takes its name from the three countries it represents: Thailand, Vietnam and Burma (Myanmar). This gallery is extremely selective and at any one time there are up to 1,000 paintings in their collection, with prices ranging from US$3,000 to US$40,000. International collectors make up most of Thavibu Galleries’ customer base, many of whom recognise the investment potential of Southeast Asian fine art. The gallery has previously sold pieces in some of the most prestigious auction houses in the world, including Sotheby's, Bonhams and Christie’s, and have exclusive sales rights for artists who have work displayed at The Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. Personal favourites include the narrative pieces of Vietnamese artist Truong Tan and the urban scenes of Thai artist Therdkiat Wangwatcharakul, which succinctly capture Bangkok life but imbued with a sense of loneliness.

    Some of the paintings here were smuggled out of Burma 10 years ago and have been unable to go on public sale for fear of reprimand for their creators, particularly the works of Myint Swe. U Lun Gywe, widely considered as the greatest living master of Burmese Impressionist art, is mainly represented at Thavibu Gallery. Now that the 80-year-old has retired from painting, his most praised pieces are expected to become even more sought after. His laconic, impressionist style is both intriguing and beautiful.

    Around 99% of customers at Thavibu Gallery are from overseas and the majority of those purchase online, using their mobile app or through their excellent website; however, there is no substitute for seeing a prized piece of art with your own eyes and Thavibu have two separate gallery spaces to enjoy. All art pieces purchased from Thavibu are fully insured with private shipping and should take between one to four days to deliver.

    Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 to 19:00 (closed Sunday and Public Holidays)
    Tel: +66 (0) 266 5454

    Tang Contemporary Art

    Tang Contemporary Art was founded in 2000 as a way of presenting mainland Chinese contemporary art to an international audience. Around the turn of the century, the Chinese native art scene was still very much in its infancy and there were many restrictions on artists. Since those days the market has changed significantly, with Tang opening further offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. Currently, the gallery promotes critically acclaimed paintings, sculptures and installations from Chinese and Thai artists and strives to help the exchanging of contemporary ideas and concepts. Famous artists who have work displayed at Tang Contemporary Art include portrait painter Liu Xiaodong and conceptual artist Wang Du.

    Tang Contemporary Art have curators sourcing work from around mainland China and continually exhibit work internationally, in London, New York and Venice. For international buyers their website has a full catalogue of Tang’s collection.

    • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 to 19:00 (closed Sunday and Public Holidays)
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2630 1114

    Number 1 Gallery

    Proudly claiming to be the preeminent gallery for Thai contemporary art, Number 1 Gallery shows the best of Thailand’s modern artists and deals with mostly native Thai collectors and art lovers. The pieces here are bold, direct and often playful. Aesthetics are valued as much as socio-political sentiment and there is often a mixture of the religious with the pressures of modern life. As Thailand makes the transition to a fully industrialised state, so the art is reflecting this change in values.

    Painting is the dominant medium at Number 1 Gallery, although sculpture, installation and photography are also on display. Generally, Number 1 Gallery looks for young artists who they will help develop into fully fledged artists. Pieces range in price from around 80,000 baht to 300,000 baht (US$2,500 to US$9,000) and every six weeks new pieces are added so there is always something fresh for repeat visitors. Prasong Luemuang is one of the most celebrated artists with a whole exhibition of work on sale at Number 1 Gallery, with a vociferous attack on the corruption of Thai government officials.

    Pieces on sale at Number 1 Gallery have been displayed at Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok, so you can be sure that these are highly acclaimed artists, and some of the artists have been sold at Christie’s auction house.

    • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 to 19:00 (closed Sunday and Public Holidays)
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2630 2523

    Bangkok Art Galleria

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
    • Address: 919/1 SilomRoad, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
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