The Next Big Thing
338 Oida Art
The Thai contemporary art scene keeps going from strength to strength, seemingly each month bringing new and vibrant galleries and exhibitions into the industry and galvanising the art community at both a local and international level.
Latest into the fray is 338 Oida Art, which opened in November just steps from central Sathorn and Lumpini Park. The brainchild of collector and Thai-national René Anant Feddersen, the gallery specialises in both cutting edge Thai names as well as artists living and working in Asia.
With the brief of featuring four established and four budding creatives each year, Feddersen believes the art world is now just on the cusp of discovering Thai contemporary art, a premise underlined by the fact that at the New York branch of renowned international gallery Sundaram Tagore the latest exhibition Thresholds is a showcase of six Thai artists.
Following the buzzing opening featuring multimedia works like Rirkrit Tiravanija’s geometric tables, Nim Kruasaeng’s paintings, and sculptures by Mit Jai Inn, 338 Oida dug deep with a solo exhibition of the work of emerging artist Tanatchai Bandasak, exploring the interrelations of existence and substance, and the sensation of being in-transit and weightlessness. Heady stuff indeed, but one thing that’s for sure is that Thai art is certainly on the ascendant, and we can’t wait for what’s next!