Although art galleries may not be the first thing you think of when visiting Bangkok, the Thai capital certainly has its fair share of great installations and exhibits. With everything from ancient art to contemporary pieces, you can get your art fix in the interesting Bangkok art scene. Whether you want a small-time studio with a few pieces or a sprawling selection that you can peruse for hours, you’ll find it there.
Here are our picks for the best art galleries in Bangkok, as well as some useful information about visiting them.
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
939 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
Not only does the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre host an impressive collection of artwork, but its own architectural design is something to be admired too! The center opened in 2008 and has been offering discerning visitors interesting exhibitions alongside a buzzing atmosphere that welcomes both artists and tourists alike.
Bangkok CityCity Gallery
13/3 Sathorn 1, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Championing local artists, the Bangkok CityCity Gallery is a great place to contemplate contemporary art. Its minimalist building design is often in juxtaposition with its choice of art which includes everything from graffiti artists and cartoonists and live video. Bangkok CityCity Gallery is located in Lumphini Park in the Sathorn district of the city.
56th Studio & Private Gallery
Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok, Thailand
This studio-gallery-speakeasy combo is an ideal place for travelling art lovers to meet and converse with local artists. The gallery features a concoction of illustration, graphic design, interiors and furniture. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city during an exhibition opening, head down to 56th Studio for a boozy evening of cocktails and conversation.
Adler Subhashok Gallery, Thailand
160/3 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-0299. MRT Sukhumvit, Thailand
Hosting an amazing range of local and international artists, the Adler Subhashok Gallery is a relatively new combination of the Subhashok Art Center and the Parisian Adler Gallery. With the Adler influence, this gallery is set to be big. Expect well-known Thai artists such as Lampu Kansanohm and Kittikun Mankit and international names like David LaChapelle.
245/14 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand
La Lanta (translating as “beauty in abundance”) is a modern art gallery with a focus on up-and-coming artist and Asian/Worldwide collaborations. They feature forward-thinking ideas such as Emoji by Kexin Zhang as well as more traditional sculpture and abstract paintwork. La Lanta has been open for over 10 years and we expect to see a lot more to come out of their Young Programme initiative.
Case Space Revolution
2/F, Broccoli Revolution, 899 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-5002. BTS Phrom Phong, Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re looking for vegetarian food, head to Broccoli Revolution in Thonglor before popping upstairs to discover the artwork at Case Space Revolution. This small exhibition space focuses on socially-conscious pieces and disruptive discussion. Expect to learn something new from the artists and collaborators while enjoying the art.
The Queen’s Gallery
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Bangkok, Thailand
One of the best galleries in the city for emerging Thai artists, The Queen’s Gallery is a permanent art space that was opened by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The gallery is located in the former Musical Art Centre in Phanfa Bridge and regularly hosts activities and projects for locals and visitors alike.
By no means is this an exhaustive list of art galleries in Bangkok, but it should give you a little inspiration to start you off on your art exploration of the city! Let us know in the comments if you visit any of these galleries or have any other favourites that you think we should mention!