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The Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum

Corrado Feroci founded what would become Silpakorn University, the country’s premier fine arts school, where he personally taught many of the country’s leading modern artists.
ADDRESS
The Fine Arts Department at Silpakorn University; Na Pra Lan Rd., Bangkok, thailand

The Overview

Few people know that the founder of Thai modern art was actually a Florentine sculptor. Corrado Feroci, who changed his name to Silpa Bhirasri when he became a Thai citizen, first came to the kingdom in the 1920’s at the invitation of King Rama V. He later founded what would become Silpakorn University, the country’s premier fine arts school, where he personally taught many of the country’s leading modern artists.
 
Bhirasri’s office and studio space, located on the university’s campus in the city’s historic center, have been transformed into a museum. On display are not only photos and other memorabilia, but also paintings, sketches and sculptures by Bhirasri and some of his notable students. Indeed, this bright, airy museum contains one of the best collections of early modern Thai art. Among the most captivating pieces are Buddhist sculptures executed in a Cubist style and secular work reminiscent of Rodin, Gauguin and other European artists. Replicas of Bhirasri’s large works of public art, such as the city’s Democracy Monument, Victory Monument and the statue of Rama IV at Lumpini Park, are also on show at the museum.

Address:
The Fine Arts Department at Silpakorn University;
Na Pra Lan Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Telephone:
+66 2223 6162

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

 


 

Published on Aug 28, 2009

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