Toot Yung Art Center
Bangkok’s former Toot Yung Gallery was a much-loved fixture in the local art scene until it was forced, to much dismay, to close last year due to financial difficulties.
However the city’s art lovers rejoiced this summer with the re-branding and August re-opening of the new Toot Yung Art Center, with French director Myrtille Tibayrenc still at the helm and the continued mission to provide the best of emerging and established international talents.
But it doesn’t end there – the new and improved gallery now occupies a three-story space in swanky Ekkamai complete with a working studio, two artists-in-residence, an on-site boutique, and soon a café as well.
Having recently closed its first exhibit ‘It’s All About Love’, Toot Yung now welcomes French photographer Claude Estèbe in his solo exhibition entitled ‘Radium Girls’.
A thought-provoking series of prints inspired by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Estèbe’s work melds together his previous works with cheap toys like plastic dinosaurs and Barbie dolls, but here stylistically depicted under the destructive influences of radioactivity.
With Tibayrenc focused more specifically on solo shows as opposed to group exhibits, next on the gallery radar are abstract landscapes by Pakitsilp Varamissara, followed by new works by Mexico’s Fernando Aceves Humana. Welcome to the neighbourhood, Toot 2.0!