Every year there is a variety of new exhibitions in shopping center River City Bangkok. Until the end of July this is ‘From Monet to Kandinsky’. This was already advertised on the boat and it looked promising. So I took the subway and the Grab to River City.
If possible, it’s better to do everything here by subway. The traffic is such chaos that you can easily spend 1.5 hours in the car for a ride of ten kilometers, I speak now from my own experience. it was better if I would have walked. The subway works perfectly and is also very cheap. I got off at the last stop of the blue line: Hua Lamphong. From there it is only a short walk to River City so I took the Grab. This took half an hour instead of five minutes. I learned from this, from now on I will avoid the car.
River City Bangkok is the largest ‘arts and antiques hub’ in the world. You don’t have to come here for new clothes, but paintings and other works of art. The bike ride of Co van Kessel starts here and is hard to miss! After cycling you can still visit River City for an exhibition or a souvenir for home or a delicious lunch at ‘French Bakery’.
From Monet to Kandinsky is not an ordinary museum. There are no real paintings by a famous painter. In the first room you can read an introduction of the different painters, like Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Edward Munch, Claude Monet and Wassily Kandinsky. Black curtains hang on either side of the room. At first I wasn’t sure if you could walk through them, but since there were no other spaces, I did it.
Behind the curtain is a large room in which the paintings are projected onto the walls. It is not the intention that you walk along the walls, but you have to sit quietly on the benches. Then the music starts to play and the paintings move over the walls in different parts. Very special to see and it even looks like it’s coming at you. A kind of 3D effect! You visit this exhibition for the experience and not so much to look closely at paintings. You can’t, because before you know it, the painting has been divided into different parts. Not yet a clear picture of what this looked like? I made a small video so that you have an idea.
I thought it would be nice to walk in and see this. You pay about €8 for the entrance fee and after an hour you have seen it all. In the other room were large beanbags where you could lie down. I didn’t do that, because then I probably wouldn’t have seen much of the exhibition in Bangkok anymore.