Come see another side of Venus

Come see another side of Venus

Moonlight Dive No.1. Photos: River City Bangkok

The story of Venus, or Aphrodite in Greek and Roman mythology, is presented in a new light that leads to a self-understanding during the “Venus In The Shell” exhibition that will take place at RCB Galleria, 2nd floor of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, from Thursday Jan 7 to Feb 28.

Hailed as the goddess of love, desire, beauty, prosperity, fertility and victory, Venus wasn’t exempt from all kinds of unpleasant feelings as experienced by humans.

For centuries, she has been depicted in the forms of sculptures and paintings, notably the Venus De Milo sculpture which is said to be created between 130 and 100 BC and The Birth Of Venus by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli.

In this exhibition, however, internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator Phannapast Taychamaythakool will take viewers into an extraordinary world of mythology and imagination as she presents her own interpretation of Venus, love and beauty on an art wall of mosaic mural tiles.

The exhibition portrays the human side of Venus in four parts where viewers will delve into the secretive corners of humanity’s fragility, anger, disappointment, love, joy, jealousy, brightness and darkness.

The Forbidden Flower reminds us of the fact that we often hide another side of us or avoid talking about a particular story that might be shameful or make us look less virtuous. The Moonlight Dive will introduce to us the monsters who are hiding in ourselves and whom many of us are fighting against.

The Mandragora In The Vase shows many factors that are beyond our control and might limit us in some way while The Wanderer compares life to a wandering time-traveller.

The artist wants to remind us of the reality of life and that we should learn to embrace it. Like the Greek goddess Venus who has both good and bad sides, we are all worthy in ourselves no matter how imperfect our lives might be.

Mandragora In The Vase. River City Bangkok

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