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Parking Lots, Shopping Malls +

Contemporary Art in Bangkok

by Sarah Tutton


SAKARIN KRUE-ON, Temple, 2000, white clay pigment on walls and floor, dimensions variable, About Art Related Activities Cafe and Studio, Bangkok; inset: Nuts Society exhibition at About Art Related Activities Cafe and Studio, Bangkok, 2000.

In 2000 the Bangkok Metropolitan Council abandoned plans to establish a contemporary art museum and, instead, forged ahead with an alternative proposal to build a mega-entertainment complex featuring a parking lot, shopping mall and a much-reduced exhibition space. This decision sparked vigorous debate among Bangkok's…

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