Since its establishment in 1998, Thavibu Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand has been keeping abreast with the growth of contemporary art practices of Thailand, Vietnam and Burma and has since been showcasing the art that best reflects the cultural identity of these countries. By exhibiting works of both senior established artists as well as upcoming talents, the gallery showcases art that is diverse and appealing to a broad audience. Specially curated exhibitions and documentation has enabled art enthusiasts an insight into the vibrant social environment of these three countries that are historically linked though with very different political and economic identities.
The vibrant social landscape of Thailand that has been at odds with its Buddhist history continues to be an interesting topic for visual artists. From Vietnam, the romanticism and articulate aesthetics imbued into the visual arts through the influences of Indochina’s French Colonial rule continues to be evident in the unique lacquer works while Burmese contemporary art is reflective of its current condition.
By participating regularly in major art fairs and interacting with established auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's, Thavibu Gallery has showcased the art to a broader audience. Through its interaction with major art institutions in Asia and Europe, Thavibu Gallery has enabled artists to participate in non commercial shows. Several of the artists represented by the gallery have works in the permanent collections of art museums in Asia, including the National Museum of Myanmar, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and the Fukuoka Art Museum.