February 7th to 27th 2009, exhibition at National Museum Bangkok, Thailand. The start of the touring exhibition THE BANYAN TREE was opened by Mr. Paiboon Pholmak, Deputy Director General of the Fine Arts Department and Dr. Hanns H. Schumacher, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.
THE BANYAN TREE (Ton Sai) is regarded as the home of ghosts – in traditional Thai culture as well as in modern pop culture. But not only in Thailand, but everywhere in the tropics, this impressive tree is revered, loved and feared.
The exhibition THE BANYAN TREE shows paintings, sculptures, videos, photos and installations by more than 50 artists from more than 20 countries, all inspired by THE BANYAN TREE. They have been collected by the German media artist Alfred Banze. With the help of the collected works of art, he organized numerous workshops for children and young people in schools, galleries, cultural centers and artists’ studios. The exhibition displays both, the original artworks and the ART REMIXES by children and young people. Accompanying to the exhibition, screenings, talks and workshops take place.