I really do wonder why the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Bangkok isn’t talked about or highlighted more often. With a dedicated modern space (all 5 levels of it) for art, the curation is world class and I don’t say that lightly. After visiting more than a 100 museums, MOCA Bangkok is one of the best I have ever had the honour to grace.
Located just ten minutes’ drive away from Chatuchak (where the market is), MOCA is currently dwarfed by an ongoing construction of newer roads. Regardless, this subtle concrete building houses one of the best collection any art lover will appreciate. Visitors need to pay a fee of 180baht before entering and they will keep your items (bags) too if they’re too big.
MOCA Bangkok was built in 2012 and belongs to one man, Mr Boonchai Bencharongkul. You can read more about him here. In a way then, unlike national museums which display art that greatly reflect a nation’s interest or historical narrative, private museums such as MOCA mirror the owner’s visions and awareness of his surroundings. For such a huge project, collecting artworks go beyond the aesthetic and into the personal.
I am really tempted to write a huge chunk about MOCA but really, you just need to go see it for yourself and truly experience the dizzying array of art that will provoke, shock, surprise and please you.
This visit, is not one you want to miss.