Silpa Bhirasri Memorial Museum

A contemplative space dedicated to the “Father of Thai Modern Art”

Squeezed between Silpakorn University and the Thawornwatthu Building, along Sanam Luang, stands the almost unnoticed Thailand Department of Fine Arts—located in a historical building bearing Italian architectural flourishes, and friezes designed in Italian Art Nouveau-style dating from the late 1920s.

The current Fine Arts Department used to be part of the Silpakorn University of Arts, and the institution was the brainchild of Italian-born Corrado Feroci, a historic personality considered to be the “Father of Thai Modern Art”. Born in Florence, Italy, in 1892, the young artist attended the Florentine Royal Academy of Art and earned the title of Professor of Fine Arts following his first exhibition of sculpture.

Feroci moved to Siam in 1923, to teach western sculpture to Thai students, and rapidly became the official sculptor of King Rama VI. His statue of King Rama I, located at the…

Original published: 2018-06-04 06:00:05 Read the full Bangkok News here

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