THAILAND EYE: CONTEMPORARY THAILAND ART

Thailand Eye presented by Prudential is the 7th project in the Prudential Eye programme. Established in 2009 by David and Serenella Ciclitira and the Saatchi Gallery, the Prudential Eye Programme is an initiative that nurtures artistic talent.


The works of 23 Thai contemporary artists will feature in a one-month exhibition taking place at Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom, from 25 November 2015, and will subsequently be held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, from 17 March to 7 August 2016. This is the first major exhibition in London dedicated to Thailand’s contemporary art scene and celebrates the 60th anniversary and fifth cycle of Thai Princess, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.


The exhibition is a partnership between the Thailand Ministry of Culture, Saatchi Gallery, Prudential and Parallel Contemporary Art, and is the latest show in the Prudential Eye Programme, an initiative aimed at nurturing artistic talent. It is supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and sponsored by Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, King Power, Siam Piwat Company Limited and Jim Thompson Foundation.

GLOBAL EYE PROGRAMME

2016: Prudential Eye Awards returns for it's third edition, with the awards ceremony taking place on 19th January at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. An accompany exhibition opens on 16th January in conjunction with Singapore Art Week, at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 

2015: Thailand Eye presented by Prudential, a month-long exhibition showcasing the works of 23 Thailand artists opened at the Saatchi Gallery from 25 November.

2015: The second edition of START took place at the Saatchi Gallery, shining a spotlight on emerging artists and new art scenes, showcasing 38 galleries from cities that range from Seoul to New York, Cape Town to Riga. A new series of curator-led initiatives, START Projects, includes a fully immersive digital art presentation by Japanese ultra-technologists teamLab, the debut UK solo show of Prudential Eye Award winners Chim↑Pom and a curated section of solo presentations called 'This Is Tomorrow'.

2015: Prudential Eye Zone opens at ArtScience Museum, Singapore. Co-curated by Honor Harger, Serenella Ciclitira, YoungJoo Lee and Korean musician T.O.P. The Prudential Eye Zone is a curated selection of works by 17 contemporary artists from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.

2015: 'Prudential Singapore Eye' exhibition featuring 16 Singaporean artist took place from the 16th January to 28 June, 2015 at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, alongside the second edition of the Prudential Eye Awards. Chim↑Pom walked away as the Overall Best Emerging Artist. 2014: Prudential Eye Zone opens at Saatchi Gallery, London.

2014: The inaugural edition of START took place at the Saatchi Gallery. The art fair showcases emerging art from around the world presented by young galleries, with 47 galleries hailing from Johannesburg to Seoul, London to Mumbai, presenting work. 2014: ‘Prudential Malaysian Eye’, featuring 21 Malaysian artists took place at Publika Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

2014: The first edition of the Prudential Eye Awards was held in Singapore, celebrating the best emerging art from around Asia. An accompanying exhibition of shortlisted artists takes place at Suntec City, Singapore.

2012/ 2013: ‘Hong Kong Eye’ presented by Prudential opened at Saatchi Gallery, before travelling to ArtisTree, Hong Kong. It is the largest touring international survey of Hong Kong contemporary art to date. It was seen by over 400,000 visitors across both venues.

2012: ‘Korean Eye 2012’ presents the largest survey of new Korean art to date in a groundbreaking exhibition that coincides with the London Olympic Games. The exhibition was viewed by over half a million visitors.

2011/12: ‘Korean Eye: Energy and Matter’ toured to three different cities, Seoul, New York and Abu Dhabi, showing 21 emerging and established Korean artists whose work engages with contemporary Korean society.

2011: ‘Indonesian Eye: Fantasies & Realities’ presented by Prudential, surveys the Indonesian contemporary scene through the work of 18 artists. The exhibition opened at the Ciputra Artpreneur Center, Jakarta before transferring to the Saatchi Gallery where 170,000 visitors viewed it.

2010: The second part of Korean Eye, ‘Fantastic Ordinary’ is a more in-depth look at a younger generation of Korean artists. The exhibition opened at the Saatchi Gallery before moving to Singapore and then Seoul.

2009: The first of the Prudential Eye Programme exhibitions took place. ‘Korean Eye: Moon Generation’ includes a selection of leading Korean artists. It opened in May in Seoul before transferring to the Saatchi Gallery, London, where over 250,000 people saw it.