The first Bangkok Art Biennial will display works by Elmgreen & Dragset, Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abramovic and 72 more artists

Choi Jeong Hwa, Happy Happy Project: Breathing Flower, 2018. Source: Bangkok Art Biennial/news.artnet.com

Thailand’s first Bangkok Art Biennial will run from October 19, 2018, to February 3, 2019. Artworks will be displayed in 20 spots across the city, including site-specific works in ancient temples that have never hosted contemporary art before, according to news.artnet.com.

The main achievement of the event is that organisers reached an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and other government organisations on securing access to sites like the Temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, the Temple of Iron Fence Wat Prayurawongsawat and the Temple of Dawn Wat Arun.

“We have created something that has never been done before: new artist commissions that will be situated within ancient sites,” said Apinan Poshyananda, the biennial’s chief executive and artistic director. “These temples mean a lot to this country’s identity and faith, and it has been an honor to celebrate and juxtapose them with these artworks.”

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