Colour Ther­apy

The Queen’s Gallery is help­ing the nation mourn with a dis­play of paint­ings that chan­nel the late King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej’s spirit

Thailand Tatler - - CONCIERGE -

onths af­ter the pass­ing of His Majesty King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej, the coun­try con­tin­ues to dis­play its pro­found love for the fa­ther of the nation in myr­iad touch­ing ways. Case in point: un­til Jan­uary 13, a set of paint­ings in re­mem­brance of our beloved late King will be on dis­play at the Queen’s Gallery. Khun­y­ing Chod­choy Sophon­panich, a pro­moter of the arts and the di­rec­tor of both the Bangkok Bank Foun­da­tion and the Queen’s Gallery, tells us more.

What kind of paint­ings will be shown at this ex­hi­bi­tion?

The ex­hi­bi­tion is en­ti­tled 70 Years—Our King Fa­ther. We had a com­pe­ti­tion, Dao Den Bualu­ang, where we in­vited 35 art fac­ul­ties from uni­ver­si­ties na­tion­wide to par­tic­i­pate in a live paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion. It’s a 10 day con­test which takes place at the Queen’s Gallery and is shown live on so­cial me­dia. Two third-and fourthyear stu­dents from each univer­sity were asked to paint any­thing that would de­pict the King’s con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try and how they en­vi­sioned him. It’s a great pro­gramme be­cause it in­cludes lec­tures on top­ics we think th­ese young stu­dents should know. There have been art col­lec­tors who came to talk about how they col­lect, how to sell and what they look for in a piece of art. It is also a great op­por­tu­nity for th­ese youths to meet some of the coun­try’s Na­tional Artists and learn from their ex­pe­ri­ences.

What is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion?

We wanted to pay trib­ute to His Majesty but also, I think es­pe­cially dur­ing this par­tic­u­lar time, peo­ple are try­ing to ex­press their feel­ings in what­ever way they can and art is one of those out­lets that help peo­ple share their emo­tions. More gen­er­ally speak­ing, through com­pe­ti­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions we are try­ing to pro­mote not only some of the best art works but pro­mote young tal­ents who are still un­known. When the Queen’s Gallery was es­tab­lished, Her Majesty the Queen, who helped fund the project, said she wanted to see a cen­tre that would not only pro­mote the best artis­tic tal­ents but also a place to sup­port young un­known artists.

What else can you tell us about the com­pe­ti­tion?

We be­gan or­gan­is­ing Bualu­ang paint­ing com­pe­ti­tions some 20 to 30 years ago. The Dao Den Bualu­ang com­pe­ti­tion was ini­ti­ated about nine years ago. Art helps chil­dren dream and ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity. Chil­dren all love to draw but af­ter a cer­tain age, they stop. This is be­cause par­ents and our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem don’t sup­port that. So we pro­mote art and raise aware­ness on the im­por­tance of art while also sup­port­ing Thai artis­tic tal­ents. One of our Na­tional Artists once said that noth­ing in the world be­comes fa­mous with­out an artis­tic qual­ity. You can de­sign a rocket to the moon but some­one also has to de­sign what it will look like.

Are there other ex­hi­bi­tions on at the Queen’s Gallery now?

We ac­tu­ally have an­other ex­hi­bi­tion run­ning si­mul­ta­ne­ously at the Queen’s Gallery right now, which also runs un­til Jan­uary 13. This one con­sists of about 180 artists, all of whom are past win­ners of Bualu­ang com­pe­ti­tions. They have also been asked to show their work de­pict­ing the life of the late King. View­ers can buy the paint­ings from both ex­hi­bi­tions. The pro­ceeds go di­rectly to the artist with a per­cent­age go­ing to the Bualu­ang Foun­da­tion.

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