Classical music, queer sex history converge in Patpong for ‘Tchaikovsky in Twilight’

Artist and model Oat Montien at Candle Light Studio in Patpong.
Artist and model Oat Montien at Candle Light Studio in Patpong.

Patpong Museum’s artist in residence Oat Montien next week will put on a concert packed with classical music, sexual themes, and the queer history of the norotious red-light district. 

Held at Candle Light Studio on Soi Patpong 2, Tchaikovsky in Twilight will explore the topics of romance, sex, and queer culture by way of Russian composer Tchaikovsky’s Sextet for Strings in D Minor (Op.70).

The score will be performed by Pro Musica, a string sextet – Rhys Watkins, Omiros Yavroumis, Aibek Ashirmatov, Tasana Nagavajara, Rowena Calvert, and Noa Lev Chorin. 

Alongside the music are an art installation, poetry reading, and storytelling about the queer history of Patpong, according to Oat, who is a nude artist. 

Inviting Oat to become Patpong Museum’s artist in residence during Pride Month was not coincidence, according to Michael Messner, owner the museum, gallery and nightclub Black Pagoda.

“After hosting acclaimed artists such as Tawan Wattuya, Headache Stencil, and Myrtille Tibayrenc; it’s time to engage with Thailand’s vibrant LGBTQ community,” Messner said. “To us, it’s another important step in the transformation process of Patpong from a liminal ‘no go’ space to an authentic relevant part of town with colorful history and erotic creative touch.”

The event starts at 8:30pm on June 25 at Candle Light Studio, located above the Bar Bar Fetish Club in Soi Patpong 2. Tickets are THB1,100 and include one drink and entry to the Patpong Museum. Seatings are limited to 30 only. Booking details are available online.


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