Navin Rawanchaikul

Thailand 1971

Sculpture, Performance Art, Photography, Painting

Navin Rawanchaikul
Navin Rawanchaikul
December 20, 2014

Navin Rawanchaikul is an artist from Thailand born in 1971, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He studied at Chiang Mai University, and after receiving his BFA in 1993, Rawanchaikul founded the Chiang Mai–based Navin Production Co., Ltd., in 1994. Much of Rawanchaikul’s own work is produced under the name of this company, which also functions as an artist collective. Working in various mediums including sculpture, painting, performance, photography, and film, Rawanchaikul began his practice with community-driven projects aimed at integrating art into everyday contexts.

In Navin Gallery Bangkok (1995–98), Rawanchaikul questions modern methods of art making and exhibiting by converting an ordinary taxi into a mobile gallery featuring rotating exhibitions. The project was later executed in a number of cities, including Sydney, London, Bonn, and New York, successfully attracting new audiences with the help of its unconventional format. Rawanchaikul’s practice often relies on collaboration, as in the tongue-in-cheek Navin Party (2006), which involved a touring multimedia exhibition featuring a Bollywood-style music video, a billboard advertisement, and a series of propaganda posters, all aimed at connecting people with the first name Navin. The multipart work comments on what the artist frames as the transitory nature of the modern world, revealed through the global occurrence of the Sanskrit-based name, as well as referencing the way in which artists can find their ethnic origins exploited for commercial gain. By involving the participation of real or imagined communities, Rawanchaikul’s practice transcends site-specificity to negotiate between local communities and globalization.

In 2010, Rawanchaikul was awarded the national Silapathorn citation from the Thai Ministry of Culture in the field of visual arts. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver in 1997, MoMA P.S.1 in collaboration with Public Art Fund, New York in 2001, Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2002, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok in 2007, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong in 2008, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing in 2009, and Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore in 2011. He represented Thailand at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Rawanchaikul has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including Transitions/Tensions: Contemporary Art in Asia, Asia Society, New York in 1996, ZeitWenden, Kunst Museum, Bonn in 1999, Berlin Biennial in 2001, Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum in 2002, Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil in 2004, Liverpool Biennial in 2004, Prospect 1, New Orleans in 2008, Altermodern, Tate Triennial, London in 2009, Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia, 1991–2010, Singapore Art Museum in 2011, and Entanglement: The Ambivalence of Identity, Institute of International Visual Arts, London in 2011.

Navin Rawanchaikul currently lives and works in Chiang Mai and Fukuoka, Japan.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast AsiaGuggenheim Museum, New York CityGroup
2013Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia from the Collection of Singapore Art MuseumContemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto - CAMK, KumamotoGroup
2013Spiritual Ties: A Tribute To Montien BoonmaThe Art Center - Chulalongkorn University, BangkokGroup
2013Coulisses. L'exposition Anniversaire Des 30 Ans Du Frac AquitaineFRAC Aquitaine, BordeauxGroup
2013Unruhe der Form. Entwürfe des politischen SubjektsWiener Secession, ViennaGroup
2013Welcome to the JungleYokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, YokohamaGroup
2013No Country: Contemporary Art For South And Southeast AsiaSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYGroup
20121era. Bienal de Montevideo 2012 - El Gran Sur (The Great South)Bienal de Montevideo, MontevideoGroup
2012Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from AsiaThe Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SAGroup
2012Survival Techniques: Narratives of ResistanceMoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Places of RebirthSakshi Gallery, MumbaiSolo
2011Navin Rawanchaikul - NavinlandGallery Niklas Belenius, StockholmSolo
2011Places Of RebirthValentine Willie Fine Art - VWFA Singapore, SingaporeSolo
2011The Global Contemporary, Art Worlds After 1989ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2011Entanglement: the Ambivalence of IdentityInstitute of International Visual Arts - iniva, LondonGroup
2011Beyond the SelfNational Portrait Gallery , Canberra, ACTGroup
2011Biennale di Venezia - 54th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2011Singapore BiennaleSingapore Biennale, SingaporeGroup
2011Investigations of a DogMagasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, StockholmGroup
2010Contemporary Art from Southeast AsiaArario Gallery Cheonan, Cheonan-siGroup
2010Scratch-Curated by Swapan SethSakshi Gallery, MumbaiGroup
2010Les recherches d’un chienLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2010Finding India - Art for the New CenturyMuseum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA), TaipeiGroup
2010Finding IndiaSakshi Gallery, MumbaiGroup
2010Aichi Triennal 2010Arts and Cities - Aichi Triennal, NagoyaGroup
2010Alles anders? Kunsthalle wien project space karlsplatz, ViennaGroup
2010Investigations of a dogEllipse Foundation, AlcoitãoGroup
2010Gallery CollectionSakshi Gallery, MumbaiGroup
2010Māhākād FestivalWorarot Market and its neighborhood, Chiang Mai, Thailand.Group
2009Navin Rawanchaikul - Who is NavinGallery Niklas Belenius, StockholmSolo
2009Super China! UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, BeijingSolo
2009Investigations of a Dog. Works from the FACE CollectionsFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
20094th Fukuoka Asian Art TriennaleLIVE and LET LIVE: Creators of Tomorrow - Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, FukuokaGroup
2009Die TropenSouth African National Art Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2009We Love You Comrade NavinCafe for Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada.Solo
2009Fat Festival 9Muangthongthani, Bangkok, Thailand.Group
2009JoySakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.Group
2009Unreal Asia: 55th International Short Film FestivalOberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany.Group
2009Take 2Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.Group
2009Tate Triennial: AltermodernTate Britain, London, UK.Group
2009Fly with Me to Another WorldDhamma Park Foundation, Lamphun, Thailand (two-person show with Inson Wongsam).Group
2008Navinland cinemaSakshi Gallery, MumbaiSolo
2008Font lines-Visions from Southeast AsiaZONE: Contemporary Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008Prospect.1 New OrleansProspect New Orleans, New Orleans, LAGroup
2008Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der WeltkugelMartin-Gropius-Bau, BerlinGroup
20083rd Nanjing TriennialNanjing Triennial, Nanjing, JiangsuGroup
2008The Ethics of EncounterGallery Soulflower, MumbaiGroup
2008The Ethics of Encounter:Contemporary Art from India Gallery Soulflower - Thailand, BangkokGroup
2008Mondo e Terra, La collezione del FRAC CorsicaMAN - Museo d`Arte di Nuoro, NuoroGroup
2008Dim Sum RiderTang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, China.Solo
2008Navin's SalaThe River Promenade, Bangkok, Thailand.Solo
2007TomorrowKumho Museum of Art, SeoulGroup
2007Ici et là : Here and thereCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, BordeauxGroup
2007Navins of BollywoodTang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand.Solo
2007Fat Festival 7Muangthongthani, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2007Thai Contemporary: Charm and ChasmTang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.Group
2007Show Me ThaiMuseum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.Group
2006Lost in the CityJim Thompson Art Center, BangkokSolo
2006Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata-kenGroup
2006Fly With Me to Another World (in transit)Jim Thompson House Museum, Bangkok, Thailand.Solo
2006Aren't You Navin?Gallery Atelier, Fukuoka, Japan.Solo
2005Yokohama 2005 - International Triennale of Contemporary ArtYokohama Triennale, YokohamaGroup
2005BidibidobidibooFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
200426° Bienal de São PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
2004Liverpool Biennial 2004Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, LiverpoolGroup
2004Out Of PlaceGalerie Nordenhake - Berlin, BerlinGroup
2004Fly With Me to Another WorldHariphunchai National Museum, Lamphun, Thailand.Solo
2003Change of Values. Works from the ARCO Foundation CollectionEspai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló - EACC, Castellon de la PlanaGroup
2003THE GIFT: Generous Offerings, Threatening HospitalityArt Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ONGroup
2003The Gift - Generous Offerings, Threatening HospitalityMary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, ILGroup
2003Gallery Opening ShowShugoArts, TokyoGroup
2002Navin Rawanchaikul: SUPER(M)ARTPalais de Tokyo, ParisSolo
20024th Shanghai Biennale - Urban CreationShanghai Biennale, ShanghaiGroup
2002Busan Biennale 2002The Busan Biennale, BusanGroup
2002THE GIFT: Generous Offerings, Threatening HospitalityScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2002THE GIFT - Generous Offerings, Threatening HospitalityBronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NYGroup
2001Navin Rawanchaikul: I Love Taxi CaféMoMA PS1, New York City, NYSolo
2001Printemps de septembrePrintemps de Septembre, ToulouseGroup
2001Yokohama 2001 - International Triennale of Contemporary ArtYokohama Triennale, YokohamaGroup
2001Il DonoSMS Contemporanea, SienaGroup
2001Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunstberlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, BerlinGroup
2001Chateau ScoterusFourchambault, France (Project with Eurovespa, organized by Le Consortium).Solo
2000Navin Rawanchaikul: Fly With Me To Another WorldLe Consortium, DijonSolo
2000Taipei BiennialThe sky is the limit - Taipei Biennial, TaipeiGroup
2000As it isIkon Gallery, BirminghamGroup
2000I Love DijonLe Consortium, DijonGroup
2000Fuori usoThe Bridges - Fuori uso, PescaraGroup
20005e Biennale de LyonPartage d'exotismes - La Biennale de Lyon, LyonGroup
2000Continental ShiftLudwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, AachenGroup
2000Gift of Hope Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), TokyoGroup
2000Over The EdgesSMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GhentGroup
200010 ANS DE FRI-ART - Etat des lieux # 1Fri Art - Centre d'Art Contemporain, FribourgGroup
2000TaximanAbout Cafe, Bangkok, Thailand.Solo
1999Asking for NothingnessSatani Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.Solo
1999Same Same but YesterdayLydmar Hotel, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
1999Passage - I Love Art 5Watari-Um - Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, TokyoGroup
1998Cities on the Move 3MoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
1997Navin and His GangCAG - Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BCSolo
1995The Zero Space Which is Not EmptyArt Forum Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.Solo
1994There is No VoiceThe AUA Language Center Library, Bangkok, Thailand.Solo