October 2018 – February 2019
THE ARTIST Paolo Canevari is an Italian artist, born in Rome in 1963. He works and lives between Rome and New York and is one of the most internationally renowned artists of the his generation. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. His work is collected by major museums throughout the World, including Museum of Modern art MoMA, New York. Paolo Canevari’s work stems from thoughts and reflections on the transient nature of art and on the significance of artistic sculptures in modern society. While wondering on the value and origin of the most intimate aspects of memory, the artist develops his own personal language where symbols, pop culture, historical knowledge and politics are intertwined in a new interpretation of daily life.
THE VENUE (to be confirmed)
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is a mid-town facility for contemporary arts. BACC aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programmes for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.
Central Embassy is Bangkok’s newest luxury mall located on the most exclusive intersection where the prestigious Wireless Road meets Ploenchit Road. Its grandeur is awe-inspiring, with contemporary architecture displaying influences of Thai art and culture whilst reflecting the cosmopolitan features of the country’s capitol.
Thukral & Tagra. PLAY PREY POP OUT.
Opening: June 20th, 2018
The Exhibition: June 21th-July 8th, 2018
[dip] is delighted to present Indian artists Thukral & Tagra’s first solo show in Thailand.
Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively with a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installations, interactive games, video, performance and design. Thukral & Tagra work on new formats of public engagement and attempt to expand the scope of what art can do. They break out of the mediated and disciplinary world and create multimodal sensory and immersive environments. Their earlier work dealt with tropes of migration and motifs of a globally manifested consumer culture. It questioned the provenance of Indian identity and its various articulations. Their recent work has dealt with the interpretation of Indian mythological narratives and symbols in ways that renew and enliven a largely pedantic and static area of cultural material. From a pop visual character to a predominantly abstract visual approach and compositional philosophy, Thukral & Tagra constantly shift in terms of their grammar and vocabulary. The abstract suggestions of an everyday experience of architecture and urban design in Gurgaon (Haryana, India) and Chandigarh (Punjab, India) is embedded in their visual language. They have offered sociopolitical commentary that is implicit in their aesthetic for the past fifteenyears.
THE ARTISTS “They are unlike any artists you may have met in the millennium. Irreverent, humorous and comically dark, their works — paintings, sculptures, installations and a series of ingenious games — are designed to be entertaining but underlined by a social, spiritual or environmental message. As artists blurring the lines between fine art, pop culture and product placement, they have faced their fair share of criticism. However, their deeply aesthetic creations, reflecting the concerns of our times and backed by mountains of research, have also found tremendous following. Their work has been auctioned at Sotheby’s with eight figure price tags, been picked up by art collectors like Frank Cohen and pop star Elton John, and also been placed alongside international contemporaries like Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami and American multimedia artist Matthew Barney”. Giorgina Maddox, The Hindu.
THE VENUE Central Embassy, Bangkok’s iconic art, fashion and lifestyle destination, is designed to form apart of a larger property with Central Chidlom – adding youthful dynamism andbringing a lifestyle-centric approach to one of Central Group’s most successful retail outlets, under the concept of ‘One Life, Infinite Possibilities’. Offering an unparalleled lifestyle experience that builds upon the group’s peerless retail heritage, Central Embassy continues to serve as a hub for both Thai and international visitors, indulging global shoppers with an inspiring selection of fashion, lifestyle, food, music, art and design.
THE EXHIBITION explore the idea of transposing Indian mythology into a Thai context by rejuvenating narratives and symbols to give an updated dimension to our traditional understanding of cultural matter and living in ethical solidariety. Play Prey Pop Out is an extension to the series Play Pray/Set Point. The artists since 2015 have explored the idea of “play” from a cultural, strategic and psychological perspective, with the project Play Pray. Since 2017, with the exhibition SET POINT, they explore mythology, in particular Indian, with rejuvenating narrative and symbols to give a fresh dimension to the traditional understanding of cultural matter. This exhibition, their first solo show in Thailand, continues the portrayal of mythological events and mathematical assertions through the vocabulary of sports. It is a musing experience of a conscious being trapped in the perplexity of the set of circumstances keeping Ramakien/Ramayana as a central paradigm. The being is conditioned to think, the fragments of social construct demands either to speculate or contemplate. The mind of the being is itinerant, weighed by dilemmas, dignity, love, loyalty, devotion and duty. The artwork seeks to make explicit motifs that are implicit in a contemporary realm.
THE ARTIST Born in Rome in 1963, Paolo Canevari lives and works between Rome and New York. Raised in a family where his grand-father was a painter mosaicist and his uncle a sculptor, Canevari is one of the most internationally renowned artists of his generation. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 2007 he participated at the 52nd Biennialin Venice curated by Robert Storr and in 2010 Germano Celantcurated the Artist’s monograph, published by Electa. Paolo Canevari’s work stems from thoughts and reflections on the transient nature of art and on the significance of artistic sculptures in modern society. While wondering on the value and origin of the most intimate aspects of memory, the artist deve- lops his own personal language where symbols, pop culture, historical knowledge and politics are intertwined in a new interpretation of daily life and where memory and remembrance takeon a metaphysical form.
Contemporary art at Agno Airport