MAD in Bangkok
I was very surprised to read about this exhibition: ‘It's Still a Mad, Mad World gathers some 20 artworks by Apichai Bhakdibutr, a Thai artist whose satirical illustrations appeared in the pages of Germany's notorious Mad Magazine throughout the '70s and '80s.’
For those completely unfamiliar: 'MAD is an American humor comic magazine founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman, offering satire on all aspects of life and popular culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures'.
This brought back lots of memories from the 60s when my dad bought occasionally copies of the Dutch MAD edition, great fun, although I probably didn’t understand everything ;-)
Of course I had to have a look for myself and therefore set off for Silom’s Saladaeng area. To my surprise I ended up in a part I’d never been before but the venue was easily spotted.
The exhibition was well presented and a pleasure to see. Of course Apichai had to follow the ‘house style’ of MAD and therefore didn’t really stand out unlike other artists such as Don Martin, Al Jaffee, Sergio Aragonés, a.o., but overall he did a pretty decent job.
More of Apichai’s recent work is exhibited on the 5th floor, including a great series on music equipment.
There I met the artist himself as well and had a short but pleasant chat about his life in Germany (he remembered Dutch tv presenter Rudi Carrell who was very famous at that time in Germany!) and MAD magazine in general.
The exhibit is on until 26 June, do check it out!
Woof Pack, 1/3-9 Sala Daeng Soi 1, 089-826-2299. Open daily 10 am - 6 pm