31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit (office)

100/6 Moo 10, Soi Wat Umong 11 , Suthep Rd., Mueng, Chiang Mai 50200 THAILAND
Open : Saturday to Tuesday 1 pm.- 5 pm.


Language : THAI : ENGLISH


Pure Perception

Form is Empty, Emptiness is Form.


Since I was young, I have grappled with existential questions. Why are we born? What is life? What is the real meaning of life? These questions set me on a path of artistic exploration that I have followed until now. Throughout the past fifty-eight years, I have discovered that art is a process of understanding self, society, and nature—though, I must say that I’m still a novice
at it myself, not yet sure of my own understanding.

The Self-Enquiry project is a continuation of that quest to learn and also a reevaluation of the lessons I’ve garnered over all these years. In an attempt to deepen my understanding, I will revisit my past works and analyze them using knowledge drawn from different disciplines, including philosophy, religion, science, and analytical psychology, to name but a few. Such an approach allows meaning to be reinterpreted, thus generating a new perception or language that may facilitate communication within our society and help develop a shared understanding. Ultimately, I have realized that we must deconstruct the artistic, or aesthetic, value structure in order to concretely understand creative processes (aesthetic mechanisms) and how the mind perceives the beauty of life.

The exhibition Form is Empty, Emptiness is Form signifies a bardo, an intermediate state of existence between death (the past) and rebirth (the future). Though it is the fourth and final exhibition of Pure Perception?, it also marks the beginning of Self-Enquiry, which is set to launch on September 11, 2022, at the 31st Century Museum of contemporary spirit.(office) This new project will hold rotating exhibitions every three to four months, running for approximately five years.

My primary objective for this project is to look inward to better understand myself. Whether others realize the value of life or the real state of being through this project is a matter of fate; some may find themselves living the rest of their lives more consciously, with the sincerity and pure mind that can only be achieved through the discovery of inner truth and inherent wisdom.

Kamin Lertchaiprasert

28 April 2022

Remark: The Self-Enquiry project is conducted in partnership with ATTA Gallery.

Form is Empty, Emptiness is Form (Wave-Particle Duality)

The beauty that cannot be seen, or
the beauty that is seen, but not perceived or understood.
The beauty that is inherent in all things,
yet we never contemplate whether it is beautiful or ugly.
For it is so ordinary and natural that we are not aware,
of its value and existence.
For it is so ubiquitous, just like the water (H2O) and air
around and within us.
For it is so indispensable, we cannot do without,
because it is an inseparable part of our lives.
Once we recognize the value of its existence,
it transforms into a particle and a force of life,
just like how a wave, when consciously observed or measured,
turns into a particle (wave function collapse).
Once we truly understand the intrinsic beauty of all things,
we also turn the inherent energy of matter,
into tangible particles, into loving-kindness.
Only then can we become one with nature,
when there is neither the observer nor the observed (quantum superposition).

For the Tao that can be told is not the real Tao.
It is the same with love, loving-kindness, and true beauty,
which cannot be told, nor explained in words.

11-16 August 2022

Virtual Exhibition  :  https://a360.co.th/SelfEnquiry/FormIsEmptyEmptinessIsForm/

Kamin Lertchaiprasert: What is Art?

Read More: www.guggenheim.org/video/what-is-art
Source: © 2013 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF) / www.guggenheim.org

New Heart New World 2 : คามิน เลิศชัยประเสริฐ

Click to see: https://youtu.be/byTpnrzUGN8
Source: © New Heart New World




 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit (New Site)

Our body,Our museum,
Spirit is art.

Generally, established museums tend to focus on objective values of academic knowledge and art history. On the other hand, the 31st Century Museum dedicates itself to subjective values of truth, virtue, beauty, knowledge, and personal experience, which are something I call “Spiritual Aesthetics”. It refers to the aesthetics that transcends the values of physical attractiveness or flaws. Spiritual aesthetics isn’t better, worse or even the same as the regular sense of beauty, but it has its own unique value, existing naturally in all of us through love, compassion, and acts of positive energy. We can feel spiritual aesthetics when we are free from an attachment to a sense of self.

31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit is only an entity through which I can present examples of the events in my life and communicate them to society in all ways possible. The range of projects and activities are adjustable depending on locations and times. I have been fortunate to have had opportunity to work with many different organisations and individuals over years, including the following examples.

2008, Kanazawa, Japan
This project is the collaboration with the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and local people in Kanazawa to compile and collate accounts and positive memories in the form of various representative objects.

2009, Chiang Mai (Station), Thailand
This project collaborated with friends, students, upcoming artists and volunteers to create creative sharing space, while collecting personal artworks, experiences and activities which make people realise the value of living.

2011, Chicago, USA.
This project is the invitation to stay as a residency artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to run workshops and arrange the exhibition with Master’s students as a part of the learning process through alternative education which aims to search for and understand the contemporary spirit that has already existed within the ready-made culture of Chicago.

2012, Niigita, Japan.
The project collaborated with the Water and Land Project for the Niigita Art Festival 2012, which aimed to help understand the history of Niigata by collecting impressions of various locations around the city, through the memories of the local people.

2012, The Around the World Project
This project is a compilation of Ready Made Culture activities from around the world which show the intention of sharing love and kindness to our fellow humans and listing them on the website www.31century.org

2013, Non-Being  by Itself, Bangkok,Thailand
This event was a collaboration project with The Art Centre at Chulalongkorn University. We worked with artists and the new-generation cultural activists to make a short film about people who gave them inspiration in life.

2013 Inner World Project
This project documented my personal anecdotes and direct experiences which aims to inspire and raise awareness on developing a new approach and perspective to traditional beliefs. This helped me to realise the essence of objective truth—not the truth in the way I want it to be.

2018, Bangkok(Land of smiles)
This project collaboration with Poh-chang Academy of Art aims to produce a compilation of ready-made culture activities around Bangkok and present it to the public eye again through systematic learning process and critical analysis.

2019, Sharjah Biennial (SB14)
This project “Perception itself is action” aims to invite everyone to participate in creating a society in which LQ (Love quotient) is acknowledged and treasured under the idea that we are not a part, but the whole, society.

None of these projects have fixed format, and depend on space and times which they take place. However, they all emphasize the concept that the attendees, through simple activities, would gain an awareness of the creative value that each of them has already possessed. These activities would also open opportunities to share experiences and knowledge with others.

We all have our own natural similarities and differences. For example, we all have a face, fingerprints and DNA, but not one of us share the same individual details within these. Getting to understand the value of the unique, individual identity that exists in all of us through the 31st Century Museum activities could help us to realise the value of our own and others’ unique identities too. From here, we can start to respect ourselves and others as we will see their own true and unique value. In my opinion, this is the point at which we can start the creative thinking of living together in society.

20 February 2017




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