The MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai will open its doors on 3 July 2016.

Founded by the Bunnag-Beurdeley family, the Museum shares a private collection built over the last 30 years.

Image from the Facebook page of MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai.

Image from the Facebook page of MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai.

The MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai, Thailand’s newest contemporary art museum, will open its doors on 3 July 2016. Founded by Jean Michel Beurdeley, his late wife Patsri Bunnag and his son Eric Bunnag Booth, the Museum will share the family’s private collection built over the last three decades.

Housed in a converted 3,000 square metres warehouse in the historic crafts district of Sankampang, MAIIAM boasts four exhibition halls, a screening room and an indoor/outdoor open space for show openings and live performances. The Museum was designed by architectural firm allzone, which is known for its contextual approach to architecture.

The Museum will house the Bunnag-Beurdeley family’s permanent collection, which includes seminal works from the masters of Thai contemporary art. Artists in the collection include:

Image from the Facebook page of MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai.

Image from the Facebook page of MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art Chiang Mai.

MAIIAM’s inaugural show features celebrated Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a Chiang Mai artist. Grithiya Gaweewong, another Chiang Mai native and leading expert in Thai contemporary art, will act as consultant to the Museum. Speaking about the collection, Eric Bunnag Booth says:

In no way does our collection represent the whole history of Thai contemporary art – it represents just our own point of view, based on the sole criterion of the emotional response the works give us. I believe a work of art exists as a result of the artist’s creativity, but also in the emotional response it produces in the viewer.

“MAIIAM” is a play on words: the “Mai” in Chiang Mai means “new city”, while “Iam” is a tribute to Eric Bunnag Booth’s great grand aunt “Jao Jom Iam”, a royal consort of King Rama V who ruled during Thailand’s coming-of-age into modernity. As the Museum’s press release explains, “the double entendre extends to the meaning of MAI IAM, which means ‘brand new’”.

Michele Chan

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Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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