[Bangkok Art Biennale] Contemporary Art to Enjoy at Historic Buildings and Famous Hotels on the Waterfront

The Peninsula Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, O.P. Place, The East Asiatic Building


Oct 19, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019

The Bangkok Art Biennale was held from 19th October 2018 to 3rd February 2019, and featured exhibitions of works at art galleries, as well as famous hotels in the waterfront area of the Chao Phraya River, and also unique venues such as shopping malls and historic buildings. Depending on where it is placed, the appearance of the work changes, and you can enjoy contemporary art from various angles.

Access to the exhibition hall:

About Bangkok Art Biennale

Bangkok Art Biennale is an art event organized by the Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation. Its mission is to inspire ASEAN and international audiences by raising awareness and actively nurturing contemporary art exhibitions.

In this Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, mainly in the BANGKOK ART AND CULTURE CENTRE, exhibition halls were set up in twenty locations around Bangkok, including galleries, temples, malls, and hotels, allowing visitors to appreciate a variety of works.

Duration: 19th October 2018 to 3rd February 2019.
URL: http://www.bkkartbiennale.com

The Peninsula Bangkok

A luxury river view hotel with a total of 370 rooms located on the riverside of the Chao Phraya River.

[Main works]

  • 'The Female Angels'

An angel-shaped puppet by a Heri Dono that looks like a human-shaped insect. The sounds and moving feathers, powered by electricity, create a mysterious work that feels like you are encountering creatures from a fantasy world.

Artist Profile:
Heri Dono (Indonesia)
Produced works using experimental methods such as traditional performance called 'Wayang', expressing the lifestyle of Java.

2016 - Nirvana:Tropical Rebirth et al.

  • 'The Spinning Wheel'

A video performance by Kawita Vatanajyankur. Her work, which looks at race, class, and gender, features performances using her body, such as diving into knitting by turning herself into a needle on a highly saturated colored screen. It was being repeatedly broadcast at the restaurant venue in the hotel.

Artist profile:
Kawita Vatanajyankur

Graduating from RMIT University, Australia

2017 - Participation in Venice Biennale, etc.

[Other works]

  • 'Mamuang for BAB 2018'
    Wisut Ponnimit (Thailand)

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

A luxury hotel representing Asia under the umbrella of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, a luxury hotel group based in Hong Kong.

[Main works]

  • 'LostDog'

A work with gold leaf applied to a 5.9m fiberglass sculpture by Aurele Richard. The dog in the work is searching for a way to live happily in a problematic world caused by the species of man.

Artist profile:
Aurele Richard (France)
Participated in public and art festivals around the world. The dog sculpture series includes works made of more than 1,500 plants that have the ability to reduce air pollution, and works of yellow dogs that encourage audiences to write messages on them with a spray.

O.P. Place

A shopping center that harmonizes European architecture and Thai style with an old history from the Chakri dynasty.

[Main works]

  • 'Listen to the voice my Land Papua'

Papuan portrait by Moelyono, just like a photograph. The artist came to Papua to prepare an educational module for the arts for the project he started for the school in Papua.

Artist Profile:
Moelyono (Indonesia)
Carrying out artistic activities aimed at welfare and solving various problems in various regions.

3rd Asian-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane
2009 - Biennale Jogja et al.

  • 'Becoming White'

A series of works, including performances by Eisa Jocson, archived materials, videos, and sounds. Disney's Snow White motif expresses happiness as a labor of emotion.

Artist Profile:
Eisa Jocson (Philippines)
Choreographer, dancer, and artist. Active in various performance art fields.

Main works:
Death of the Pole Dancer, 2011
Macho Dancer, 2013
Host, 2015
Happy Land series, 2017

[Other works]

  • 'Jrai Dew: a radicle room'
    Art Labor (Vietnam)

  • 'Taualuga: The Last Dance'
    Performances (Videos)
    Yuki Kihara (Samoa/New Zealand)

  • 'QUALITY: quality'
    Latthapon Korkiatarkul (Thailand)

Other video works, etc.

East Asiatic Company (The East Asiatic Building)

East Asiatic Company was established by Hans Niels Andersen in Copenhagen in 1897. The buildings were designed by Annibale Rigotti in 1900 and served as the head office for East Asiatic Company (Thailand until 1995). This historic building is not currently in use, and this time it was opened to the public as a venue for the art biennale.

[Main works]

  • 'Diluvium'

An installation piece using a large space for the leading artist among Korean female artists, Lee Bul. The installation using steel or silver tape contrasts with Venetian-style architecture and drags the audience into a maze-like space that goes against gravity and balance.

Artist Profile:
Lee Bul (Korea)
Produced a variety of mixed media works, from sculptures and paintings to live performances and video art.

Hayward Gallery, London 2018
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul 2014
Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg 2013 et al.

  • 'Rien n'est moins comparable'

A work of installation using teak by Sara Favriau. The use of local wood to suit the colonial-style building created East-West dialogue. The trunks of the carved trees seem to grow naturally from the walls and floors of the devastated buildings.

Artist Profile:
Sara Favriau (France)
Creates mainly wood-based works. He incorporates traditional techniques into the development of contemporary art.

Award history:
Prix Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo 2017 Championship

FMAC (collection of the city of Paris)
FDAC Essonne, MAC VAL (permanent installation, inauguration April 2018)
Vitry-sur-Seine, Paris, France

[Other works]

  • '2562++'
    Patipat Chaiwitesh (Thailand)

  • 'Companion Hands'
    Kata Sangkhae (Thailand)"

  • 'Zero'
    Elmgreen & Dragset (Denmark/Norway)

Other paintings, videos, installations, etc.


By using the waterfront area where historic buildings are concentrated, you can not only appreciate the works, but also touch upon the modern history of Thailand. In particular, the East Asiatic Company building is usually closed, and this time it was a treasured opportunity to enter the building.


Bangkok Art Biennale

October 19 2018 - February 03 2019
会 場
The Peninsula Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, O.P. Place, The East Asiatic Building

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