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The first-ever Bangkok Art Biennale kicks off in October

The first-ever Bangkok Art Biennale kicks off in October

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Text: Yimin Huang

Editor: Aravin Sandran


What: An international festival of contemporary art that takes place every two years, Bangkok Art Biennale makes its debut this year, following in the footsteps of the numerous biennales that occur every year around the world from Sydney to Kochi. While Venice hosts the most prestigious of the lot, the scale of this event will be much more modest and comparable to Singapore's medium-sized version. In any case, it was organised with the ambition of flexing Bangkok's artistic and cultural muscle to further whet the appetite of its endless stream of tourists.

When: Four-month period between 19 October 2018 to 3 February 2019

Where: The biennale will be spread across over 20 different venues within Bangkok. There will be attractions along the Chao Phraya River at temples and hotels like the Wat Prayurawongsawas Woraviharn (Temple of Iron Fence) and Mandarin Oriental as well as in the city centre at shopping destinations such as Siam Discovery and Central Embassy. 

Theme: Under the theme of 'Beyond Bliss', artists were invited to interpret the concept of happiness in as many ways they could imagine. Since some of the art is situated at important historical, cultural and spiritual landmarks, the art on display also reflects the social, political and environmental issues that have an impact on wellbeing and happiness.

Line-up: The line-up of artists features international stars such as performance artist Marina Abramovic, duo Elmgreen & Dragset and fan-favourite Yayoi Kusama, alongside local names like emerging artist Kawita Vatanajyankur.

Other activities: Apart from installations to see, experience and photograph, a series of talks have also been organised at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

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