A must for any lover of art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok (MOCA) houses the most comprehensive collection of modern paintings and sculptures in Thailand inside a striking, purpose built gallery. The MOCA building contains over 800 pieces of art collected by communications magnate Boonchai Bencharongkul and showcase the development of Thai fine art since the introduction of modern western concepts. The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday), and costs 180 baht for the general public. It costs 80 baht for students and for visitors over the age of 60 or under 15, admission is free. The museum is only a 15 min drive from Novotel Bangkok IMPACT.
While Thailand is renowned for its traditions and culture, there have been few art galleries of international standard to showcase the growing number of world class Thai artists. The Museum Of Contemporary Art in Bangkok is now providing a space in which to display the best of Thai art for everyone to enjoy.
MOCA is everything a world class art gallery should be: thought provoking, beautiful and, in parts, funny. Thailand has, at times, been criticized for ‘sugar coating’ many of the social issues that the country faces, and that is why MOCA is so refreshing: a place where artists are free to explore themes such as religion, corruption, prostitution and the loss of traditional values. All of Thailand’s National Artist recipients have pieces on display and although you could browse through the gallery in a couple of hours, to really experience it we recommend spending up to four hours here.
Built in 2012, MOCA has been specifically designed to give guests the best possible conditions for appreciating the art on show. Natural light and well spaced rooms ensure this art gallery is equal to any abroad. There is a coffee shop on the ground floor serving Twining’s tea, hot chocolate and coffee from the Royal Patronage Project which tries to promote fair trade and sustainability.