Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s survey exhibitiona noteworthy curatorial achievement by Gridthiya Gaweewonginaugurated a new museum of contemporary art and a new cultural hub in the city where the artist now lives. The museum’s facade is covered with fragments of mirrors that refract and scatter light, a design inspired by Thai “spirit houses,” found in the entrances of homes and public buildings and intended to respectfully welcome previous inhabitants and their past lives. This architectural setting was a fitting prologue to one of Apichatpong’s strengths: the ability to unite a contemporary cosmopolitan aesthetic with regionally specific cultural values. Such a synthesis is deeply connected to the infinitude and multiplicity of memory, a theme that runs through the artist’s work and was an organizing feature of the exhibition, most overtly in the presentation of a vast
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