Absurdity in Paradise

Contemporary Thai Art

Opening: Thursday, August 30, 2018, 7pm
Exhibition: 31.08. - 28.10.2018

Curator: Pichaya Aime Suphavanij

For 25 years the Kasseler Kunstverein has been showing its exhibitions in the Museum Fridericianum. On the occasion of this anniversary, we are pleased to be able to show an unique selection of Thailand’s contemporary art on a multiple of our usual exhibition space.

Absurdity in Paradise plays with the paradox of Thailand as a paradisiacal place of yearnings. With video and media works, photographs and spacious installations, thirteen contemporary Thai artists illuminate the fracture points of present-day Thailand. Pixelated uniforms, dancing fabrics and golden tears are among their approaches in dealing with central themes such as tradition, monarchy, religion, society and mankind.

In addition to renowned artists such as Arin Rungjang and Korakrit Arunanondchai, the exhibition will also feature young artists such as Alisa Chunchue and Harit Srikhao. In doing so, internationally acclaimed works stand alongside new works created especially for the Kasseler Kunstverein.

Absurdity in Paradise invites you to discover new artistic positions outside the typical European field of vision and to look behind the scenes of a paradise and our own yearnings.

Exhibiting artists:
Alisa  Chunchue, Arin Rungjang, Ekachai Eksaroj, Harit Srikhao, Kanich Khajohnsri, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Nuttapon Sawasdee, Paphonsak La-or, Pratchaya Phinthong, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sakarin Krue-on, Somboon Hormtientong.

The exhibition is curated by the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC).


As an important place of contemporary art the Fridericianum opened in 1779 as the world's first museum conceived for the public and has been the main location of the documenta since its founding in 1955. Our thanks go to documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, which allows us to use the Fridericianum for this special occasion.

The exhibition is supported by the cultural office of the City of Kassel 

cdw Stiftung
Citymanagement der Stadt Kassel
Goethe-Institut Thailand
GWH Wohnungsgesellschaft Kassel
Impulse für Kassel Stiftung
Kassel Marketing
Volksbank Kassel Göttingen



21. October 2018 15:00

Führung durch die Ausstellung "Absurdity in Paradise"

Öffentliche Führung in der Ausstellung 
Dauer: Ca. 1 Stunde
Die Teilnahme an der Führung ist kostenlos
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28. October 2018 15:00


Finissage unserer Ausstellung „Absurdity in Paradise“ am Sonntag, den 28.10.2018.
Um 15 Uhr wird es nochmals eine Führung durch die Ausstellung...
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14. November 2018 19:30

Monitoring - Ausstellung für Medieninstallationen - beim 35. Kasseler Dokfest

Die Ausstellung Monitoring des 35. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofestes präsentiert 20 Medieninstallationen von internationalen Künstler/innen die...
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