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Over 400 artworks are on display in this 21,000 square metre five-storey building that is Thailand’s largest private museum and the its first noteworthy permanent modern art collection. The brainchild of telecommunications tycoon Boonchai Bencharongkul, who splurged 600 million Thai baht to build it, its mission statement is to preserve and protect Thai art and culture and to give Thais and foreigners an opportunity to admire the works of art created by Thai artists. It is also dedicated to the Italian-born sculptor Professor Silpa Bhirasri, who after settling in Thailand, founded Silpakorn University, and is credited with being the “Father of Thai Contemporary Arts”.

From sculptures, modern interpretation of Thai art, surrealism, folk art, traditional murals, to religious Buddhist scenes, mythological motifs from the Ramayana and depictions of daily life in Thailand, the museum offers a kaleidoscopic perspective on Thai culture and visual expressions and is suitable for all ages.

The ground floor and second floor are temporary exhibition spaces, while permanent displays occupy galleries on the second and third floors. A third floor installation features more that 100 works by internationally-known Thai artist Thawan Duchanee, including his three paintings portraying heaven, earth and hell; the two oval-shaped rooms that house them were designed by the artist.

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Top Thai artists such as Hem Vejakorn, Chalermchai Kositpipat, Prateep Kochabua, Fua Haripitak, Suchao Sisganes, Thawee Nandakwang, and Chalem Nakiraks also feature in the museum. Other exhibits of note include a rare collection of Romantic paintings from Victorian England and a replica of a historic Thai house complete with wax figures.

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