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Remaking the scene

The Thai art world has been going through some serious changes

Navin Rawanchaikul's 15m-long movie-billboard-style painting over the now-defunct Saha Cinema (Saha Phapayon) in Songkhla. AARA

It has been a busy year for the Thai art scene, with well-known artists taking turns treating Bangkok viewers to their latest works, new galleries welcomed and old ones closing down, and politics remaining deeply embedded in artistic expression.

For instance, the year began with Chiang Mai's MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's fascinating retrospective, then internationally-renowned Korakrit Arunanondchai's first shows in Bangkok spanning two venues -- the Jim Thompson Art Center then Bangkok CityCity Gallery.

The more-than-one-venue trend continues after that, with Manit Sriwanichapoom's latest photography and video show "Fear" at H Gallery, Tang Contemporary Art and Kathmandu Photo Gallery, while Udomsak Krisanamis's latest exhibition, "Paint It Black", ran concurrently with his conceptual retrospective at Chiang Mai University (CMU) Art Center.

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