Thai Pavilion
Thai Pavilion
Paradiso Gallery – Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260
30122 Venezia VE

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La Biennale di Venezia | Thai Pavilion : KRUNG THEP BANGKOK By Somboon Hormtientong

Thai Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

By Somboon Hormtientong


“ในสรรพสิ่งมีตัวตนเเฝงอยู่ ขึ้นอยู่กับว่าเราจะมองเห็นและรับรู้ได้หรือไม่” (ขณะคิดนี้กำลังพิจารณางานสิ่งของพลาสติกอยู่ในยามเช้า)
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“There is an inner self in every object, if only one can be perceptive and sensitive to it.” (This thought came to me as I was contemplating mere plastic objects the morning.)
Somboon Hormtientong, 2017


Commissioner : Vimolluck Chuchat
Curated by Numthong Sae Tang

Opening Reception : Friday May 12, 2017 at 16.00 pmВ 

Venue : PARADISO GALLERY – Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260 (Vaporetto stop : Giardini)
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Official Opening : 13 May – 26 Nov 2017
Opening Hours : 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand and The Royal Thai Embassy, Rome, in collaboration with Concilio Europeo dell’ Arte request to the pleasure of your company at the opening reception of the Thai Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The 57th International Art Exhibition is a platform that opens up opportunities for artists around the world to participate in the showcasing of contemporary art, as a worldwide exchange of knowledge, experience, and ideas.

Furthermore, the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) recognizes the importance of supporting Thai artists to get a chance to exhibit their work in an international stage. Such support will further affirm, in a global scale, the potential of Thai contemporary artists as well as Thai art professionals. It will provide an opportunity for the selected artist to present perspectives about Thailand in new dimensions, thus enabling contemporary art to be a medium of communication in promoting Thailand both directly and indirectly, and fostering the Thai culture.

Thai contemporary art has been active and continuously developing in terms of concept, presentation format, and movements. Somboon Hormtientong is one of the artists who has exceptionally developed the creative process and established a unique individualistic style, formed by his worldviews, ideas, experimentation, and an accumulation of his work experience.

Throughout the past years, Hormtientong’s work were mostly abstract. Highly educated and having been part of the German art circle for over 24 years, Hormtientong’s experienced, orderly, and disciplined practice resulted in a thoughtful and masterful works of art, with powerful lines and colors, and of unique compositions and narratives. With the reflected quality of both his art skills and aesthetic experience, his work opens up for the viewer’s contemplation and freedom in interpretation.

The artist enjoys experimenting with art techniques and finding new modes of artistic expression. For example, he experiments with matching realistic and abstract images, to see the effect when both narratives collide and juxtaposed with one another. For “On the Way” exhibition, 2014, Hormtientong traveled on his favorite motorcycle and took photographs of the scenes he was impressed by or felt connected to. He then created abstract images from these photographs in response to the realistic scenes. Likewise, in “Fervently Yours: 504 Years of Friendship” exhibition, 2015, the artist presented images made up of his signature abstract lines as a result of his journey and cultural experience in Portugal, where he was invited to by the Portuguese Embassy.

Moreover, the artist Hormtientong does not only adhere to two-dimensional plane abstraction. He also chooses three-dimensional found objects as a medium. These objects range from a table, a trunk, and a wooden dresser to common things such as metal wire, to name but a few. They are symbolically used in his art installation to represent the narratives. The work, in the end, yields Hormtientong’s individualistic style through a unique and finesse composition.

For the exhibition at the “57th International Art Exhibition,” Somboon Hormtientong seeks to focus on the city of Bangkok as the main theme. Not only that Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand with economic, societal, and cultural growth, but it is also a multicultural hub, full of history, and has diverse ways of life. Thus, Hormtientong would like to present through contemporary art the stories of Bangkok, a colorful and lively city with such sublime beauty that can be seen on ordinary streets, alleys, and Sois, where national arts and cultural integrity are preserved amidst the looming changes from technological developments, through Hormtientong’s viewpoint. This presentation in Venice will simulate Bangkok and offer a chance for the international audience to be imbued with Bangkok cultural happenings in a new perspective that is different from what they have seen on the internet or tourism brochures.

For the exhibition “กรุงเทพฯ Bangkok,” the artist intends to let the audience freely witness the image of Bangkok, to think of Bangkok, using their own imagination. This concept also relates to the main concept by Christine Macel, the curator of the “57th International Art Exhibition,” which is “Viva Arte Viva.” The “กรุงเทพฯ Bangkok” exhibition will be created by the artist, for the artist himself, in accordance to Hormtientong’s intention to express his feelings and thoughts towards Bangkok as well as to develop the work format he has planned.

“กรุงเทพฯ Bangkok” exhibition will help promote the positive image of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, to the international audience, who will be able to see Bangkok in a new perspective. It will showcase the potential of Thai contemporary art as well as the conceptual processes and development in the arts, building a strong foundation to encourage criticism, analysis, and interpretation of Bangkok with freedom.



Artist. ⌊ Born in Bangkok. 1968-70. ⌊ Studied at Poh Chang College, Bangkok. 1968-73. ⌊ Studied and worked with Chang Tang, Bangkok. 1973-79. ⌊ Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich as a Masters student of Prof. Robert Jakobsen. 1979. ⌊ M.A. the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. 1981. ⌊ Scholarship from the City of Munich. 1984. ⌊ “Förderpreis” from the City of Munich. 1989. ⌊ Invitation and support from Gothe-Institut in Bangkok for exhibition in Thailand

Selected Exhibitions ( S = Solo Exhibition)

1974-88. ⌊ Kunstsalon, Munich. 1976. ⌊ Gallery Boa, Munich (S). 1979. ⌊ Alternative Gallery, Munich (S) “Junge Akademie”, Kunstverein, Munich. 1980. ⌊ Autoren Gallery, Munich (S). 1982. ⌊ Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, Munich (S). 1983. ⌊ Ausstellung der Jurgen Ponto Stiftung, Kunstverein, Frankfurt. 1984. ⌊ “So zu sehen”, Künstlerwerkstatt, Munich. ⌊ “Art Landscape Federale Republic of Germany”, Brühl. ⌊ “Art Scene Munich”, Villa Stuck, Munich. 1986. ⌊ “Das andere Land”, Moving Exhibition. 1987. ⌊ Gallery Anais, Munich (S). 1988. ⌊ Gallery Helmut Leger, Munich (S). 1989. ⌊ Gallery Helmut Leger, Munich (S)        . ⌊ “Die Arroganz des schnellen Schrittes”, Kunstlergalerie, Munich. ⌊ The National Gallery Bangkok (S). 1990. ⌊ Künstlerische Gestaltung der Eingangshalle des Bauamtes München, Munich. 1991. ⌊ Gallery Helmut Leger, Munich (S). ⌊ “The Nameless Time”, (Outdoor sculpture), Chiangmai (S). 1992. ⌊ Gallery Bereiteranger, Munich (S). ⌊ Works on paper by artists from Munich, The Machine Shop Gallery, Cincinati. 1993. ⌊ Gallery Anais, Munich (S) Gallery Mantthias Kampl, Munich, (S). 1995. ⌊ “The Unheard Voice” The National Gallery, Bangkok (S). ⌊ “The Unheard Voice” Chaingmai University Chainmai (S). ⌊ “The Mekong River”, CON-tempus Exhibition Hall, Bangkok (S). 1996. ⌊ Gallery Anais, Munich (S). 1997. ⌊ “Das Lied”, The National Gallery, Bangkok (S). 1998. ⌊ Gallery Anais, Munich (S). 1999. ⌊ Numthong Gallery, Bangkok (S). ⌊ “Der Mekong” Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (S). 2001. ⌊ “Abstract Color”, Surapon Gallery, Bangkok (S). ⌊ “Sculpture in White” The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University , Bangkok (S). 2013. ⌊ “Raj Loesuang and The Boy Somboon Hormtienthong”, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok (S). 2014. ⌊ “On The Way”, Numthong Gallery at Aree (S). 2015. ⌊ “Fervently Yours : 504 Years of Luso – Thai Friendship”, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center (S). ⌊ “Elephant and Horse”, H Gallery, Bangkok (S)

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