Forty years on the legend continues…
Woven in threads of colourful history, the remarkable legend of Jim Thompson began 100 years ago in 1906 with his birth in Delaware, America. The talented Thompson, an architect by trade, arrived in tropical Bangkok at the end of WWII, becoming so captivated by the Thai people and their rich culture that he made the city his adoptive home. Thompson rose to world fame through his dedicated lifelong revival of Thai silk, elevating it to one of the world’s most sought after fabrics.
Explore the myth and reality of Jim Thompson’s memorable life and discover how he rose to become Thailand’s most famous expatriate by breathing new life into a lost industry. After his dramatic disappearance on a fateful day in the Malay jungle in March 1967, join Jim as he finally returns home to Bangkok after an absence of forty years.
At the invitation of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation, artist Navin Rawanchaikul presents a multifaceted showcase exhibition Lost in the City at the Center for the Arts, Jim Thompson House Museum. Nestled on a quiet canal-side lane amidst the concrete modernity of downtown Bangkok, the much-loved house and museum is a garden oasis of serenity that has become a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary.
Lost in the City celebrates the centenary of the birth of Jim Thompson while unravelling the sprawling urbanisation that has become synonymous with the megalopolis of Bangkok, a city where Thompson spent the best days of his life. Entertaining and strong on public participation, Navin ambitiously recreates the spirit of Bangkok within the gallery arena, encouraging visitors to play the specially designed Lost in the City board game, sample tasty treats and the mature 100-year JT Cocktail at the gallery’s site-specific street café, and watch the fun-filled puppet show (daily performances every hour btw 1-4pm, except Tues & Thurs).
Created by Navin Production for the exhibition is the must-read four-volume bumper comic set that recounts the epic adventure of Thompson’s incredible life. Also don’t miss the opportunity to get your hands on a unique range of imaginative Lost in the City keepsake merchandising, including funky T-shirts, bags and a centennial diary.
Lost in the City is conceived by Thai-Indian artist Navin Rawanchaikul. Internationally recognised, Navin is known for creating an imaginative brand of installation and interactive art that delivers novel methods of introducing contemporary art to the public at large. Melding art and life, Navin often uses public vehicles as a universal metaphor for life’s journeys.
Four decades after Thompson vanished, join Navin and his creative band of collaborators in celebrating the 100th birthday party of Jim Thompson, and catch a glimpse of the famous Silk King upon his much-anticipated return to the capital. Shake hands with the great silk baron and become a part of history in the making!
||“Lost in the City "
|| November 25, 2006 through March 22, 2007
||Jim Thompson House, Center for the Arts
6 Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS National Stadium)
||Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enquiry: Khun Supicha, James H. W. Thompson Foundation
Telephone: +66 (0) 2612-6740