Thailand’s 100 Tonson Gallery Turns Nonprofit

18 September 2020


Bangkok-based 100 Tonson Gallery, a forerunner in Thailand’s contemporary art scene, announced on September 16 that it will transform into 100 Tonson Foundation. By Margarita Cheng

According to 100 Tonson’s announcement, its shift from a commercial venture to nonprofit space aligns with the gallery’s aims to further pursue its “longstanding mission to support and advance Thailand’s rich and ever-expanding contemporary art scene,” and as it “initially started as a charitable art gallery,” it has “come full circle.” In the last five years, the gallery had been staging six-month-long exhibitions to support artists, instead of its previous shows that had lasted one to three months.

The 100 Tonson gallery space, which has been closed since March 19 due to Covid-19 concerns, will reopen to the public as a foundation on October 10, with a new installation by Thai conceptual artist Pinaree Sanpitak, House Calls (2020), on display until April 4, 2021. Known for her exploration of the female body through a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, Sanpitak last held an exhibition at the gallery in 2011. That exhibition, titled “Body Borders: Paintings,” investigated abstracted motifs of the body with a series of paintings and interactive installations.

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SOURCE: Art Asia Pacific

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