Bangkok Art Biennale 2018: Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovic among lineup of 75 international artists
After Venice, Istanbul, Berlin and even Singapore, Bangkok joins the list of cities upping their artistic ante. Curating works from 75 artists from 33 countries, the Thai capital joins the biennale bandwagon with not one, but two biennales: Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) - backed by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports - as well as Bangkok Biennal, a more ground-up and alternative initiative. BAB's theme of 'Beyond Bliss' couldn't be more apt, where it will explore positivity among the current issues faced in the world.
"We live in a present state of fear, protest and delusion," said chief executive and artistic director of BAB Dr. Apinan Poshyananda. "We invite our selected artists to comment on this lack of bliss, which has been created due to political clashes, disease, pollution and migration. Bliss is a temporary and ephemeral experience, our artists will seek to interpret and capture different variants and intensity."
BAB 2018's lineup features some of the biggest names in the art scene, with works from Japan's Yoshitomo Nara and Berlin's Elmgreen & Dragset, known for illustrating cartoons of children and the 'Prada Marfa' installation respectively. If you missed Yayoi Kusama's exhibition (remember those polka dotted pictures from your peers flooding your Instagram feed?) in Singapore last year, her works will also be featured in this event.
Most of the artists hail from Thailand, with some of their must-sees including video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur —who depicts the challenges women face everyday through her difficult performances — and upcoming artist Latthapon Korkiatarkul, whose works evoke a serious humuor through paintings and everyday items. Keep a lookout for two Singaporean artists — Kray Chen and Ho Tzu Nyen — being featured as well. BAB 2018 will be housed in different landmarks around Bangkok such as the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun, Siam Paragon and Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
The Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 will be held from 19 October to 9 February. Click here for more details.