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Discover the Arts of Thailand together with the distinguished Lecturers and the National Museum Volunteers

Since 1972 the National Museum Volunteers has organized the well-attended “NMV Lecture Series” which is in its 69th iteration this year.
Held in English the talks are designed to interest those who are new to Thailand as well as those who call Thailand home and return every year.

Each Autumn (usually beginning the end of October or beginning of November) NMV members as well as the general public meet from 9:30am to 12:00 noon for four consecutive Thursdays in the auditorium of the National Museum Bangkok on the Sanam Luang.

The series is a good introduction to “all things Thai”. Traditionally it covers arts, culture, religion and history up to modern times. And it introduces as well the National Museum Volunteers, and the National Museum where the lectures are held.

The lecture topics are often inspired by the architecture, sculptures, paintings, artworks, and collections of instruments, ceramics, pearl inlay, woodcarvings, stone-etchings, theatre pieces, textiles, thrones, chariots etc. the museum is famous for.

The 68th annual 'NMV Lecture Series' topics included:

  • H.R.H. Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse - a Thai Artist, by M.R. Chakrarot Chitrabongs
  • Overview of Thai Art, by Ruth Gerson
  • The development of Buddha images in Thailand, by Dr. Piriya Krairiksh
  • Introduction to Khon Masks and Ravana Masks making techniques, by Prof. Surapone Virulrak and Khun Tammarat Towasakul
  • Thai Mother of Pearl Inlay Lacquer, by John Toomey
  • The Art of Thai Textile Tradition, by Jane Puranananda
  • Very Thai Thai : How street culture went mainstream, by Philip Cornwel-Smith

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