The Fine Arts Department is organizing an exhibition on the "Supreme Patron of Thai Cultural Heritage” in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Director-General of the Fine Arts Department Anandha Chuchoti said that the exhibition is also meant to commemorate the 2017 National Heritage Preservation Day. The day is observed on 2 April each year.
The exhibition will be open to the general public from 21 May to 27 August 2017, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Itsara Winitchai Hall, Bangkok National Museum. It will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as public holidays. The exhibition features the biography of His Majesty King Bhumibol and his achievements in various artistic fields, such as architecture, music, and literature. It also includes a display of his paintings and musical instruments.
Recognized for his wide-ranging talents in many artistic fields, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej paid special attention to the preservation of all forms of Thai arts and helped promote people’s interest in them. He created more than 100 paintings. On the occasion of the Bangkok Bicentennial Celebrations in 1982, the Fine Arts Department was granted permission to exhibit 47 of his paintings in a month-long exhibition. It was the first time in Thai history that a solo exhibition featuring paintings created by a monarch was held.
His Majesty was able to play several musical instruments. He produced a total of 48 songs. His musical talent not only fascinated the Thai people, but also made a name for the country. Internationally, his compositions have been featured by world-class orchestras at concerts on various important occasions.
The late King Bhumibol was also aware of the importance of Thai architecture, but not many people know about his remarkable talent for this art form. There are several types of buildings that benefited from his royal advice. Among them were works in the Grand Palace, various public structures, and architecture related to Buddhist art.
He took a keen interest in creating works of art and giving support to artists and artistic creation. In his many speeches, he urged the people to join hands in preserving Thai arts and culture passed on from generation to generation.
The Office of the National Culture Commission conferred upon His Majesty King Bhumibol the title "Supreme Artist” in 1986. Later, in 2007, the title "Supreme Patron of Thai Cultural Heritage” was conferred on him in recognition of his contribution to the conservation and promotion of Thai culture and in commemoration of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne in 2006.