Memories of textiles at the Jim Thompson Art Center

18 December 2013


12.18.2013 Kinor Jiang and Rui Xu (China)


Hatairat Maneerat (Thailand)


Jean Cacicedo (USA)


Junichi Arai (Japan)



Ataphol Sujrapinyokul (Thailand)


GuoXiang Yuan and Rui Xu (China) / Vachiraporn Limviphuvadh (Thailand)


Throughout the Symposium four days, we have had the opportunity to visit among Bangkok’s most exceptional places, all emblematic of the cultural vitality of the Thai capital city.

Passionate collector of traditional Asian arts, crafts and silk, founder of the Thai Silk Company, Jim Thompson was a key figure in the commitment to typical Thai crafts in the 1970s. His name and his company have become a true reference.

In Bangkok, it is still possible to visit his former home, a beautiful traditional wooden teak house, to see his personal collections of Asian artifacts, and also to discover just across the Jim Thomposon Art Center, a cultural center hosting regularly contemporary art and textiles exhibitions. Until 22 February 2014, if you happen to be visiting Bangkok, you will be lucky to see there Mnemonikos , Art of Memory in Contemporary Textiles, a show prepared by the Japanese curator Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, which brings together a selection of twenty-nine Asian and international fiber artists (including French textile designers Marie-Hélène Guelton and Pietro Seminelli). The exhibited works reflect the intricate intervention of all the artists on the fabric. As a reflexion on the memory of gesture and the life of fabrics, the textiles and clothes have been staged in very qualitative way. Each piece appears as an expression of the time passing.

Magali An 


Jim Thompson Art Center, Mnemonikos exhibition until February 22nd, 2014.