The artistic element of Bangkok, or Thailand in general, is mostly related to intricately decorated temples and royal heritage of the kingdom. My previous two posts on Suan Pakkad and Jim Thompson House somewhat confirm that with those two museums involve old traditional buildings and ancient artifact. But fear not, Bangkok is not all that, as the city also embraces more contemporary style of arts. One of the centres for this more modern approach is the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). This contemporary museum is located just in front of MBK shopping mall, and actually there is even a direct entrance to the third level of BACC from the National Stadium BTS Station.
The initial construction of this museum had to experience lengthy delay due to several financial and political reasons, before it was finally opened for public in July 2008. It is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm. Admission fee? It is free of charge! The curved design of the museum building’s exterior looks modern but not very extraordinary. However the architecture inside of the museum is more impressive where circular design of each of the nine floors is very notable. From the atrium circle on the ground floor, we can see how the upper floors are arranged asymmetrically with the use of skylight adding a nice touch.
So, what can we expect to find in BACC? Obviously we will find art gallery, hall, studio, library and auditorium in this center which host various art exhibitions, from photography, paintings and other forms of arts. I visited BACC several times during my temporary employment in Bangkok, and during those visits, there had been a couple of visual arts exhibition, an instagram photo contest and several photography exhibitions including a couple of them from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as well as a tribute to the late King Bhumibol. For complete exhibition schedule, please refer to BACC official website at : http://en.bacc.or.th/events/exhibitions/. We can also find several cafes and art shops inside the arts centre. There are also souvenirs shops and stalls as well as a couple of painters who can draw a picture of yourself.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is envisioned to be the venue for cultural exchange, dialogue and development for Thai people, especially to the new generation. That is why this museum offers considerable amount of educational content. Furthermore, the location of BACC could not be more accommodating to this idea, as it is located in the busy intersection in the heart of Bangkok, with many shopping malls and hotels in the neighbourhood. So, next time you are in Siam area or just finished shopping in MBK, why don’t you spend some time to explore this contemporary museum to enjoy a different artistic side of Bangkok.