Thai Charisma: Heritage + Creative Power offers an insightful glimpse into the power of making by Thai artisans and artists who have drawn inspirations from traditional artifacts as they continue to create new expressions responding to their heritage and faith. This art project has developed from the exhibition Thai Transience at Singapore Art Museum in 2012 that was part of Thai Cultural Fest co-organized by the National Heritage Board, Singapore and Fine Arts Department and Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand. Thai Transience comprised of multidisciplinary practices to display heritage and contemporary as well as secular and religious art in meaningful ways.
The objectives for Thai Charisma: Heritage + Creative Power exhibition are:
1. Showcase traditional artifacts together with contemporary art works to emphasize creative ideas through making objects as a continuum from past to present. Heritage and contemporary art for viewers to experience living artist’s interpretation of artifacts by anonymous master artisans whose mastery should be praised and revered as legendary.
2. Artists inspired by direct encounter with museum artifacts for creative impulse in their art work. Pay homage to anonymous artisans in the past whose creative activities and artisanal works were enriched by rituals, ceremonies and worships.
3. Selection of artifacts from Fine Arts Department on display to the public. Appreciation of national heritage objects that have been in storage. Many of which will be shown for the first time to the public.
4. Enrich and expand the process of creativity and power of making for interdisciplinary studies that overcome restricted methodology that often separate art history, archaeology, art practice as well as fine arts and crafts.
5. Focus on museum objects and contemporary art works that display Thai fusion of local identities. Creative works display cultural assets that add value to creative economy and cultural industry.
Co-organized by the Fine Arts Department, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thai Charisma: Heritage + Creative Power comprises of over 38 heritage objects and new contemporary works by 19 artists. Guest curator of the exhibition, Prof. Dr Apinan Poshyananda, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture wrote, “Thai Charisma will be an exciting and challenging exhibition for Thai living artists to contemplate and interpret heritage objects from the National collection. It is like going back in time to pay respect to anonymous master artisans whose mastery should be praised and revered as legendary.”
For the first time, these heritage objects will be shown to the public while many new works by contemporary artists are the result of direct encounter with heritage of the master artisans. “We can fully appreciate the artistic skills of artisans and artists,” explained Prof. Apinan, “while the viewers can experience simultaneously the link and connection of heritage and creative power.”
Guest Curator: Prof. Dr Apinan Poshyananda
Artists: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Bussaraporn Thongchai, Dow Wasiksiri, Jakkai Siributr, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Kampanath Ruangkittivilas, Noppawaong Baothong, Pannapan Yodmanee, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Pichate Kiewprasirt, Prasert Yodkaew, Rattawalee Chanchawvali, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rolf von Bueren, Sakarin Krue-on, Siroj Phuangbupha, Thawan Duchanee, Udomsak Krisanamis, Yuree Kansaku