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Thailand's Showpiece Contemporary Art Highlight
Although it is located somewhat out of the way en route to Don Muang Airport in the north of the city, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) makes a worthy detour from the center. The purpose-built museum, which opened in 2012, is the brainchild of art-loving telecommunications tycoon Boonchai Bencharongkul, who envisaged it as a worthy Thai rival to institutions such as the Louvre and MOMA. Its five levels contain over 800 pieces collected by Boonchai and showcase the development of Thai fine art since the introduction of modern western concepts. Look out for the gigantic triptych depicting the three states of Buddhism “The Three Kingdoms: Heaven, Middle Earth and Hell” by Sompop Butraj, Panya Wijinthanasan and Prateep Kochabua dating from 2011. Other striking items in the collection include “Luang Ta Ma” – a 2002 work by Kochabua -- which portrays traditional Thai rural life in a colorful, slightly surrealistic, fashion.
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangkok
The new five-story Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) houses the vast modern art collection of telecommunications tycoon Boonchai Bencharongkul. Galleries display pieces by more than 100 Thai artists who span six generations. A show on the surrealist Prateep Kochabua runs through October 16. 3 Vibhavadi Rangsit, Chatuchak. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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