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Want Na Naruemit

Part 3 of The Study of Front Palace (Wang Na): A Digital Revitalization of the Palace's Past

A Project by the office of Architecture under the Fine Art Department




An exhibition of contemporary artists and expert collaborators, bringing to life the layered history of the Front Palace.

6 March - 28 April 2019
Isara Winitchai, National Museum Bangkok




  • Participating artists: Tanatchai Bandasak, On Kawara, Udomsak Krisanamis, Nipan Oranniwesna, Pratchaya Phinthong, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo

  • Participating collaborators: Jarupatcha Achavasmit (Textile Designer), Prapod Assavavirulhakarn (Linguist), Phra Maha Raja Guru Bhidhi Sri Visudhikhun (Count Brahmin), Pongsit Pangsrivongse (Diplomat), Boonteun Sriworapoj (Historian and Poet), Kitichate Sridith (Botanist), Suanplu Chorus, Sayan Daengklom (Art Historian), Chudaree Debhakam (Chef), Suwicha Dussadeewanich (Sculptor),  Chatri Prakitnonthakan (Architect), Supitcha Tovivich (Architect), Tul Waitoonkiat& Marmosets (Musicians)

  • Curatorial Team: Nathalie Boutin, Sirikitiya Jensen, Mary Pansaga


6 March - 28 April  2019

Isara Winitchai, National Museum Bangkok


Taking a bold new look at the oft-forgotten layers of Thai history, a new experiential and collaborative exhibition March 6 at the National Museum of Bangkok. The exhibition, In Situ from Outside: Recon3iguring the Past in be- tween the Present, brings together newly commissioned artworks and multi-disciplinary specialists’ projects, and a strong roster of engaging outreach events throughout its two-month showing.

Expanding upon the Wang Na Nimidt exhibition (2018) at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, In Situ from Out- side propels the past into contemporary conversations that challenge the conventionally prescriptive role of a museum. It aims to deconstruct the concept of history as an exclusively Zixed and inherently linear construct; and through both format and content—with a focus on process and relationships—it inspires meaningful dialogue with the multiple stories of the site itself.

In examination of both the passage of time and the subjective experience of history, 7 contemporary artists were invited to question and to create in response to the layers of time and history that lie dormant within the physical structures of the former Front Palace. To understand its history through ideologies and political and social trans- formations that shaped it, and by urging us to look at these clues to history, its ofZicial narratives and objects claim to exist as eyewitness testimony.

Looking at the past and reading it as a living process, history is treated as living material. This exhibition pro- duces in-situ works that encompass both performative and temporal pieces with the viewer at the center, allow- ing for each of the objects and artefacts to breath and Zloat in a shared present space. Each work reveals the building and time passing by, temporally connecting the past to the present in a newly reminisced context.

While the exhibition is an initiative of the Fine Arts Department (Ministry of Culture), with Sirikitiya Jensen at its helm, it takes a cutting-edge look at methods of how we engage with our own cultural heritage.

Furthering the audience’s ability to engage with the past, In Situ from Outside has enlisted 13 experts—from a botanist, to musicians, to a chef—to examine historical clues and to produce modern-day interpretations which will be displayed within Mukkrasan (to the back of Isara Winitchai), and transmitted throughout an integrative outreach program. By sparking dialogue—between collaborators and sites; between the linearly chronicled and the coexistent ‘ghost’ layers; between experience and knowledge; between past and present— and is a socially- oriented, context-led look at Thai heritage and our relationship with it today.