MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok

MOCA is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok. It is located in 499 Kamphaengphet 6 Rd., Ladyao, Chatuchak. This museum is a special, serene place and definitely worth a visit if you are in Bangkok. The MOCA is supposed to provide a solid platform in building “Art Society” in Thailand thus encouraging newcomer in various branches of arts. This is the museum’s vision.

MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok*

At the MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok*

This museum was established by Mr. Boonchai Bencharongkul in honour of Prof. Silpa Bhirasri (Corrado Feroci) who is considered the ‘Father of Thai Contemporary Arts’. What is more, the MOCA is also supposed to appreciate the great favour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

An artist at work - preserving the essence of Thainess at MOCA*

An artist at work – preserving the essence of Thainess at MOCA*

The Italian-born Prof. Silpa Bhirasri (1892-1963) worked mainly in Thailand and was ground-breaking in establishing modern art in Thailand. In addition, he was instrumental in founding Silpakorn University. In accordance with Prof. Bhirasri’s vision, the MOCA wants to protect and maintain Thai art and culture in order to preseve the esscence of Thainess for future generations. In this way, the art collections should reflect the basis of Thai culture.

An artful sculpture of Ganesha (Phra Pikanet) a Hindu God in Thai culture*

An artful sculpture of Ganesha (Phra Pikanet) a Hindu God in Thai culture*

Hence, the museum’s mission is to give Thai people and foreigners the opportunity to admire and appreciate Thai art and artists. In particular, Thai people of the younger generation should be strengthened in their love for the uniqueness of Thai culture. Thus, they can learn a lot about the artists’ inspirations and methods of creation in the museum.

These sculptures remind me of Thai court dolls, preserving Thai culture*

These sculptures remind me of Thai court dolls, strengthening Thai people’s love for  Thai culture at the MOCA*

The MOCA has five sections displayed on five different floors. Hence, the 1st floor has two halls in which the works of Prof. Chalood Nimsamer and Paitun Muangsomboon are displayed respectively. Both are National Artists of Sculpture.

Unusual sculptures and works of art*

Unusual sculptures and works of art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok*

On the 2nd floor you find contemporary art of different themes and concepts such as social knowledge and Buddhism while on the 3rd floor there are creations displaying imagination in Thai contemporay art. For instance, there are works of the famous Thai National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit.

Displaying social knowledge and Buddhism in art, exhibition at MOCA*

Displaying social knowledge and Buddhism in art, exhibition at MOCA*

The 4th floor harbours works of one of my favourite Thai artists – Thawan Duchanee. He is also a famous and remarkable National Artist in Thailand and is considered a modern Buddhist artist. What is more, the highlights on this floor are three gigantic contemporary paintings called “The Three Kingdoms-Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell” created by the artists Sompop Budtarad, Panya Wijinthanasan and Prateep Kochbua.

The works of Thawan Duchanee. modern Buddhist artist*

The works of Thawan Duchanee. modern Buddhist artist*

The Three Kingdoms-Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell”*

The Three Kingdoms-Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell at the MOCA*

Last but not least, the 5th floor is about international contemporary art and there are also paintings from the 19th century Romantic period of Queen Victoria.

International art at the MOCA*

International and Thai art at the MOCA attracts many foreign visitors*

Finally, we may say that the MOCA – Museum of Contemporay Art in Bangkok is a remarkable place created to preserve the display the essence of Thainess, Thai culture and art. Fore more information, I recommend you check out the museum’s website.

Yours, Sirinya

*all photos in this post, credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66




Phutthamonthon -‘Buddha’s Sphere’ in Nakhon Pathom Province

The Phutthamonthon (in Thai: พุทธมณฑล) is also referred to as Buddha Monthon. This name is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Buddha Mandala’ which means ‘Buddha’s Sphere’. This Buddha image is accordingly situated in the centre of the Buddhist park of the same name in Nakhon Pathom Province, about 40km west of Bangkok. This park was inaugurated in 1957 on 13th May, which is the Vaisakh Bucha Day.

Phutthamonthon

Buddha Monthon's shadow (photo credit: Siwaphon Pakdeetawan, Instagram @knack66)

Buddha Monthon’s shadow over the park*

Officially, the statue has the name Phra Si Sakkaya Thotsaphonlayan Prathan Phutthamonthon Suthat. Literally translated this means ‘the Graceful Statue of the Shakyamuni who was of the Tenfold Power, the Presiding Buddha of the Beautiful Phutthamonthon’.

Phutthamonthon against a stunning sky (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram @knack66)

Phutthamonthon against a stunning sky*

The Buddha statue was designed by the Italian art professor Silpa Bhirasri (also known as Corrado Feroci) in 1955. However, the statue was first cast in 1981. The Buddha Monthon which is 15,87 metres high, can be considered the highest free standing Buddha image in the world. Buddha Monthon is a ‘Walking Buddha’ in the Sukhothai style.

Walking Buddha performing the gesture of Dispelling Fear (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram @knack66)

Walking Buddha Monthon, performing the gesture of Dispelling Fear*

This means that the image performs the abhaya mudra, or gesture of Reassurance and Dispelling Fear. Characteristic of the period are the broad shoulders and  the pendant arm ‘like the trunk of a young elephant’. The flat feet and projecting heels are part of the anatomy characteristic of a Great Being.

Great Buddha Monthon - Great Being (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram @knack66)

Great Buddha Monthon – Great Being*

The park around the Buddha statue is well maintained and filled with amazing ponds, canals, trees, and huts for resting and relaxing. In addition, surrounding the statue are sites that memorialize the four main stations in Buddha’s life which are his birth, enlightenment, his first sermon and death.

Buddha Monthon against the blue sky (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram @knack66)

Buddha Monthon against the blue sky*

Summing up, we may say that Phutthamonthon is a stunning Buddha image located in a well ‘manicured’ park that invites people to spend a lazy and relaxed day in a green environment 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(*photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66)

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