Please Donate Your Ideas for a Silpathorn Artist
BANGKOK - Navin Rawanchaikul received the 2010 national Silpathorn Award in the field of visual arts. Please Donate Your Ideas for a Silpathorn Artist was specially created for an accompanying exhibition on this occasion. Held in the lobby of the Queen's Gallery, the work comprised 10 questions posed by the artist displayed around a large title on the wall. The questions raised issues upon the position of art and artists in society, as well as the value of the award and the role of governmental organisations. The artist's goal and opinions about the Thai art world were explained in a personal handwritten letter to the late Montien Boonma, a renowned artist and Navin's beloved mentor, to whom he dedicated his Silpathorn Award.
Initiated in 2005 by the Ministry of Culture's Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, the national Silpathorn Award is given annually to outstanding mid-career artists from different fields, who have already made notable contributions to Thai art and culture.