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A Tribute to Montien Boonma

By NAVIN RAWANCHAIKUL and GRIDTHIYA GAWEEWONG

NAVIN RAWANCHAIKUL’s House of Hope, 2013, with Khun Yai, 

Montien Boonma’s mother-in-law, at her home in Bangkok, 2013. Courtesy the artist.

Introduction: Why Montien Boonma now?

The late Montien Boonma (1953–2000) is one of Thailand’s best-known artists. Working through sculpture and installation to portray the country’s shift from its previous agrarian economy and culture toward industrialization, his practice brought a fresh perspective to modern Thai art. Montien’s sociopolitical, and later spiritual, approach combined local content with readymade materials to explore

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