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Silp Bhirasri National Museum Institute of Modern Art

Being both a teacher and an artist “My first memory of Professor Loeylom was when he borrowed my white paint at the Fine Arts entrance examination,” Professor Art went back to 2006 when they became students in Faculty of Arts. “Without his paint, I might not have studied arts,” Professor Loeylom laughed. They said that the museum has not changed much. There are two small exhibition halls that help new students feel closer to Professor Silpa without having studied under him.
The first hall is Professor Silpa’s workshop that was turned into a gallery showing his works and the collections of his students’ works, including those of Fua Haripitak, Chalood Nimsamer, Khien Yimsiri, and etc. “At the first glimpse, we will get the European vibes, especially from the Bust sculptures (sculptures of person’s head to chest) that are the uniqueness of classical sculptures.”
Corrado Feroci started working in Thailand at the age of only 32. Being a young foreigner, he was belittled by many people, except Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong. The prince saw his remarkable talent and ordered him to make his portrait sculpture. Feroci, then, made a bust sculpture of the prince, which became one of his first well-known master pieces among Siam royal family.
Academy-Style Curriculum In 1945, after World War II ended and Italy surrendered to the Allies, Luang Wichit Wathakan requested for Feroci to become a Thai national and change his name to Silpa Bhirasri. However, his teaching method was still the Italian academy-style. “In the cabinet, we would see sculpting tools, knives, hammers, as well as paints and brushes that he brought from Italy. These tools were not just art tools, but tools that led Thailand to the world of modern art.”
The Learning Treasure The main hall of the Hall of Sculpture hosts the head of the 1:1 scale Buddha image in walking attitude. The one that we have mentioned, it is sitting there so that the students can thoroughly scrutinize. The Buddha head is also surrounded by the works of Professor Silpa and his disciples. The building used to be the palace of Prince Mahamala Krom Phraya Bamrab Porapak. It was where the Craftsmanship Division, Fine Arts Department worked when building sculptures for important monuments. The place was also called the “Casting and Molding House.”

Established according to the art museum project Bhirasri Anusorn Through a collaboration between students and close people, Professor Silpa Bhirasri to commemorate his honor as the founder of the study of modern art. Contemporary art in Thailand And the founder of Silpakorn University Officially opened on September 15, 1984, then assigned to the Fine Arts Department to be in charge and management. Until it was established as the Silpa Bhirasri Memorial National Museum in 1987

Inside the permanent exhibition is divided into 2 parts:
The first part, the outer room, showcases the paintings, sculptures and prints of close students.
In the second section, the inner room exhibits Professor Silpa Bhirasri’s tools as well as important monuments and sculptures. There is also a rare book, a book that Professor of Arts. Bhirasri is used for researching Western art. Provide services to visitors in the exhibition room


Group tour service (Must make a book before requesting to visit)

Admission Fee

No admission fee.

Contact Information

Fine Arts Department, Na Phra That Road Grand Palace, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok 10200
Phone / Fax: 0-2223-6162
Business hours Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.00