(1953-2000) Montien Boonma died at the age of 47 in 2000. He was regarded as one of Asia’s most celebrated artists during the emergence of the contemporary Asian art scene in the 1990s. He is best known for his installation and sculpture work. His work often engaged with Buddhist philosophy; many of his works are metaphors for hope, faith and healing, symbolising religious devotion and transporting viewers to a spiritual realm. Some of his solo exhibitions are Montien Boonma: Death Before Dying (retrospective at The National Gallery of Art, Bangkok, Thailand (2004), Montien Boonma: Temple of the mind at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia (2004), Montien Boonma: Temple of the Mind at Asia Society, New York, USA (2003), Das Haus de Sternzeichen, at Academie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (1999), Montien Boonma: House of Hope at Deitch Projects, New York, USA (1998). He also participated in several international exhibitions worldwide including Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2000), Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK (1999), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (1999), Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa (1997), Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkul (1995), Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (1994), Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (1993), Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (1990) etc.

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