Problem-Wisdom
Thai art in the 1990s

16 Sep 2017 – 12 Aug 2018
QAG | Gallery 5 & 6 Henry & Amanda Bartlett Galleries, Watermall | Free

'Problem-Wisdom: Thai Art in the 1990s' showcases works by some of the most influential figures in the development of contemporary art in Thailand. The exhibition features significant works by some of the country's most celebrated artists, including Vasan Sitthiket, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Pinaree Sanpitak, Chatchai Puipia and the late Montien Boonma, as well as important early contributions by key artists to emerge in that decade, such as Navin Rawanchaikul, Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Natee Utarit.

Taking its title from Lertchaiprasert's 1993-95 installation Problem-Wisdom, the exhibition encompasses a range of artistic approaches operative in Thailand at the time, from social and political engagement to spiritual and meditative principles, whose resonance and influence continue to be felt today.

The majority of works in this exhibition were acquired during the Gallery’s flagship series, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT).  Stay tuned for details on APT9, opening late 2018.


Vasan Sitthiket Fate of the conservationist monk

Vasan Sitthiket, Thailand b.1957 / Fate of the conservationist monk (from 'Nature is dying' series) 1994 / Synthetic polymer paint on wood / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. / Purchased 1994 with funds from The Myer Foundation and Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Chatchai Puipia Siamese smile: Siamese intellectual

Chatchai Puipia, Thailand b.1964 / Siamese smile: Siamese intellectual (from 'Siamese smile' series) 1995 / Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 1996. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

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