By THE NATION
The event puts the Thai capital along cities around the world, from Berlin to Beijing, that host biennials, bringing together creative minds to construct their own unique narratives.
The themes are always thought provoking and past events have run the gamut from the highly conceptual to the physically tangible.
The idea was popularised by the Venice Biennale, first held in 1895. The gathering in the city of canals has since become the exemplar for all other locales, setting a high bar for large-scale international exhibitions of contemporary art.
Bangkok as city of culture is full of rich tradition, creativity and contemporary art. Renowned for its heritage, hospitality, entertainment and gastronomy, Bangkok will serve as a grandiose venue for exciting international contemporary art.
The Bangkok Art Biennale, continuing through February 3, will be the first for the city and renew its reputation as an alluring destination for the arts. Artists, art enthusiasts, writers and media will converge for creative encounters.
Everyone is invited to experience dynamic interpretations of joy, happiness and enrichment. Since bliss can be momentary and ephemeral, artists often end up capturing its different variants depending on the perspective of the individual. The quest and yearning for bliss can provide both nourishment as well as escapism for the mind.
Artists will reflect and share different points of view regarding exuberance, refuge and serenity. Some will comment on the lack of bliss due to the sociopolitical problems and destruction of green environment. Others will embrace bliss’ abundance in sacred and peaceful places of Bangkok.
Regardless of their viewpoint, artists will be challenged by Bangkok’s complexities as their backdrop, working with the city’s past, present and future to tell their own stories on bliss.
The artwork will be seen along the Chao Phraya River and in the inner city, including at Wat Phra Chetuphon (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Wat Prayurawongsawas (Temple of the Iron Fence), Bank of Thailand Learning Centre, the Jam Factory, OP Place, the Peninsula Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the East Asiatic Company, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and Lumpini Park.
For more information, visit www.BkkArtBiennale.com.