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'14 Pumpkins' by Yayoi Kusama

After much global hype, the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 is finally hot on our heels. Having been talked about as one of Bangkok’s biggest cultural events to be held in the past 10 years, the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 is a global-scale festival that sees the work of various world-renowned artists exhibited in key venues all across the city, from Silom to Sukhumvit and the artsy riverside area.

Taking place from October 19 until February 3 of next year, guests can expect a showcase of over 200 masterpieces by artists from 33 countries worldwide. The Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 follows the theme ‘Beyond Bliss’, encompassing work by 75 Thai and international names.

(See full list of artists here: Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 Announces Participating Artists)

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'Standing Structures For Human Use' by Marina Abramovic

The event aims to serve as a platform for artists to engage, share their work and express their views towards socio-political and environmental issues. Offering Bangkokians free access to some of the best works of artists all over the globe, as well as workshops and art-related talk sessions, the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 also hopes to spark appreciation and inspiration among audiences. 

What to expect? In the latest press conference, it was announced that highlighted pieces will include mixed media installations by controversial Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping, interactive ‘Standing Structures for Human use’ by Marina Abramovic and of course, hanging pumpkins by Japanese polka dot queen Yayoi Kusama. They are joined by familiar faces in our local Thai art scene, such as Wisut Ponnimit, illustrator of the daring Mamuang cartoon character.

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'Mamuang For BAB 2018' by Wisut Ponnimit

At the press conference, the minister of tourism and sports, Weerasak Kowsurat, explained that the event "will help elevate Bangkok to a tourist destination that serves as a centre of arts and culture"—a sentiment shared by Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, president of Thai Beverage, who has played a large role in the creation of the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 foundation. 

 

True to the goal of giving deeper cultural meaning to our tourism industry, the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 sees contemporary artwork set against 20 significant venues throughout Bangkok. On the historical front, creative pieces will be exhibited in key temples including Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Prayoon. Five-star hotels such as The Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula Hotel are also on the map, along with our most prominent shopping malls—The EmQuartier, Siam Paragon and Central Embassy.

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Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, Weerasak Kowsurat and Prof Dr Apinan Poshyananda, chief executive and artistic director of the Bangkok Art Biennale

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In order to help coordinate the event and ensure the city-wide affair runs smoothly throughout the four months, Thai Beverage and One Bangkok have collaborated to create the BAB BOX, an information center situated in the new One Bangkok building complex. Guests can visit the space for detailed information regarding exhibition venues, schedules, transportation options as well as background informations on the artwork and the faces behind them. There will also be over 10 pieces on display in the surrounding space.

Launched in conjunction was the DEK BAB initiative, which offers students and other individuals interested in the field of art a chance to participate in event cuaration and gain invaluable knowledge and expereince through working directly with artists. 

To learn more about the historic Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, follow bkkartbiennale.com and @bkkartbiennale on social media. 

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'The Method 2018' by the Marina Abramovic  Institute (MAI)

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'Dragon Boat' by Huang Yong Ping

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'Zuo You He Che' by Huang Yong Ping

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Production of Aurèle Ricard's 'Ma Long Lost Dog'

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'Happy Happy Project: Breathing Flower' by Choi Jeong Hwa

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Group photo at the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 press conference

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Minister of tourism and sports Weerasak Kowsurat giving a speech at the BAB press conference

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President of Thai Beverage Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi giving a speech

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