Thai Arts and its very long history has been put together at the Museum of Contemporary Art which had been established by Mr.Boonchai Bencharongkul. Mr.Boonchai Bencharongkul restless efforts draw their power of “the passion of arts” that he has. However, the main reason to built this museum was to celebrate King Rama 9 and to honor Professor Silpa Bhirasri, also called the “Father of Thai Contemporary Arts”.
The building providing a home to MOCA portrays the idea, that it has been beautifully crafted out of a single piece of granite. The museum is a must for any lover of art. It houses the most comprehensive collection of modern painting and sculpture in Thailand inside a striking, purpose built gallery. The five storeys of MOCA contain over 800 pieces of art collected by Mr.Bencharongkul and showcase the development of Thai fine art since the western concepts were introduced.
In 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the grand opening ceremony of MOCA. Ever since the museum is open for all Thai and foreign visitors to admire and appreciate Thai art as a symbol of Thai civilization. The museum has given itself six targets it wants to achive:
preserve and protect Thai art and culture so they remain forever in the nation and to reflect the foundation of Thai culture.
give both Thai nationals and foreigners an opportunity to admire the works of art created by Thai artists.
grow awareness among the new generations about the love and loyalty in their culture.
propagate the works of arts to the public.
support and especially encourage Thai artists to share their unique ideas with the public.
give an opportunity to young generations to learn and study each artist's process of creation, various methods and inspirations.