Chim Chim is delighted to announce its debut exhibition, ʻSouvenirsʼ, by Munchausen, the long-running project of Parisian designer couple Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti.
After moving to Thailand 3.5 years ago, Simon and Philippe took up painting as a way to pass the time, mostly transforming their Instagram adventures into bright and bold creations.
The resulting exhibition, ʻSouvenirsʼ, gathers those oil-on-canvas paintings and combines them with Thai crafts given the Munchausen treatment to offer a colourful vision of Thailand as seen through the eyes of two foreigners.
The roles are defined: Philippe draws and Simon paints. The finished artworks combine the figurative and the abstract, with not-quite-primary colours and geometric patterns which reflect the architecture on display throughout new and old Bangkok.
Among the moments captured: their first bike ride wearing anti-pollution masks near Chatuchak Market and Simon as a young kid dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte. Guest appearances come from Philippeʼs mother, their beloved labrador left at home, and even a certain Barack Obama.
Read about Munchausen's inspiration in the first edition of In Residence magazine.
Chim Chim was designed as a white box — a space for local and international artists to show off their multimedia works. Think of us as a restaurant thatʼs also an artistsʼ loft. Our flexible space presents a clean canvas for a diverse display of creativity. Upstairs, our workshop encourages interaction between resident artists and the public. Are you an artist looking to showcase your work? Chim Chim is open for proposals and residencies all year-round. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.