Bangkok, Thailand, 9 May 2018 - Art has always played an important part of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences’ DNA, the hotel displays hundreds of pieces by celebrated Thai artists such as Ithipol Thangchalok, Panya Vijinthanasarn and others.
Next month however, and just for three very special days, the luxury hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 39 in the heart of Bangkok, will be embracing the art world in a very unique way.
Scheduled to take place 8-10 June 2018, the Hotel Art Fair Bangkok (HAFB), now in its 5th year, will see some of Thailand’s most established and upcoming artists completely take over 34 suites spread over 6 floors to showcase, and sell, as much of their work as they can.
HAFB is a clever initiative that was created by Farmgroup, a Bangkok–based creative and design consultancy, for artists to reach more art lovers in a fun and warm location, rather than in a cold setting such as a convention centre.
Some 32 galleries and artists, including well-known names such as Joan Cornellà from Spain, the g13 Gallery from Malaysia and WE Gallery from Shenzhen, China, as well as popular local artists such as Pomme Chan, Atty Tantivit and Viranod Buranasiri, will be taking part in the event.
In total, it is estimated that there will be roughly 500 pieces of artwork on display, and for sale, in the suites.
In 2017 the event attracted 2,964 visitors, both Thai and foreigners, and even more are expected this year. Ex-banker, Viranod Buranasiri will use the HAFB 2018 to showcase his colourful paintings which he describes as "abstract expressionism". He will take over one suite entirely for his own work and plans to display about 35 new pieces.
He said, "I am thrilled to be participating in the 2018 Hotel Art Fair Bangkok and even more excited that it is taking place at such a luxurious property which should help to encourage a lot of potential buyers to visit. It's also great to see the work of so many other hugely talented artists. It's very inspirational!"
And it's not just Thailand's artists that will showcase their art during HAFB, some artists are flying in from overseas.
Spanish cartoonist and illustrator Joan Cornellà is no stranger to Asia and has exhibited his work in the region on numerous occasions. He will showcase about 20 new pieces of art.
He said, "What a great way to showcase and sell art! Unlike a regular gallery, guests will have 6 floors and 34 suites to explore, each with different types of art on display. How exciting. The fact that it is taking place at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is just icing on the cake, and I am hoping to be able to enjoy a dip in their amazing rooftop pool while I am there. I can't wait!"
The event is by invitation only on 8 June but opens up to the public on 9 and 10 June from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is free of charge to visit.
Mr. Bjorn Richardson, General Manager of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, said, "To have 32 galleries and artists displaying their creative genius under one roof is such a great idea. To be able to see artwork from famous and upcoming artists, both local and from overseas, all in one place means that art lovers and prospective buyers can park their cars downstairs, enjoy a nice leisurely lunch, study the art they like, meet the artist or gallery owner and even have a relaxing massage once they've finished without even leaving the building! I have heard of quite a lot of the artists that will take part and I am really looking forward to meeting them in person. I'm also hoping to pick up a bargain or two to take home!"