[Bangkok Art Biennale] Temple Becomes an Art Exhibition Hall! Contemporary art to enjoy at tourist spots

Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Prayurawongsawat


Oct 19, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019

At the Bangkok Art Biennale, which was held from 19th October 2018 to 3rd February 2019, unique Thai venues were adopted. In addition to the exhibition of works at the art gallery, venues included temples which are famous as tourist destinations in Bangkok such as 'Wat Arun', 'Wat Pho', and 'Wat Prayurawongsawat'. You could enjoy the artworks which were set up in Thai temples, each with its own unique architectural style, as if it were a tour of a temple.

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

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

This temple is the setting for the 3rd volume of Yukio Mishima's novel, 'The Sea of Fertility vol 3 -Temple of Dawn'. It features a Bangkok-style Great Buddha pagoda, and is impressive for its beautiful appearance upon the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

[Main works]

  • 'Giant Twins', 'Arun Garuda'

Komkrit Tepthian's work is famous for its use of Lego. It is installed in the square and matches to blend in with the location of a temple.

Aitist Profile:
Komkrit Tepthian (Thailand)
Art instructor at King Mongkut's Institute, and instructor at Technology Ladkrabang, Vocational Training Center and Worajanyawat temple.

Art Central Hong Kong 2018
Art Stage Singapore 2018 et al.

  • 'Across the Universe and Beyond', 'Mythical Escapism', 'From the World Inside/Across the Universe'

Inside the red, semi-transparent enclosure, Sanitas Pradittasnee's artistic works were installed, making use of the environment and light reflection.

Artist Profile:
Sanitas Pradittasnee (Thailand)
The works of landscape architecture are closely related to large-scale art projects.
Participation in exhibitions in Busan, etc.

Wat Pho

The royal temple, famous for the giant golden reclining Buddha statue. You could enjoy it as an attraction that finds works scattered around the vast venue.

[Main works]

  • 'Sediments of Migration'

An installation work using concrete, acrylic, iron, etc. by Thai up-and-coming artist, Pannapan Yodmanee. Experimental art works are being developed by boldly combining her knowledge of traditional Thai art with new materials and techniques.

Artist Profile:
Pannapan Yodmanee (Thailand)

Award history:
The 11th Benesse Prize at Singapore Biennale 2016
Time Lapse, New Historical Drama in Beijing
Asia Pacific Triennial 2018 in Brisbane

  • 'A Shadow of Giving'

Tawatchai Puntusawasdi installations. Copper pyrites, copper, zinc and plating are used. The works which have elements of being finished by hand combined with accurate mathematical measurement are constantly questioning the ego and a sense of the evanescence of life in Buddhist philosophy.

Artist Profile:
Tawatchai Puntusawasdi (Thailand)
Participation in major arts festivals in Japan, the United States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, and Southeast Asian countries.

[Other works]

  • 'Knowledge in your hands, eyes and minds'
    Phaptawan Suwannakudt (Thailand)

  • 'Zuo You He Che'
    Huang Yong Ping (China/France)

  • 'Paths of Faith'
    Jitsing Somboon (Thailand)"

Wat Prayurawongsawat

A temple was built during the reign of Rama III of the Chakri Dynasty, featuring a Sri Lanka-Ayutthaya-style white pagoda.

[Main works]

  • 'Turtle Religion'

Krit Ngamsom creates contemporary artwork with the humor of the countryside and memories of childhood. His playful sculptures of turtles, symbols of longevity and tolerance were exhibited.

Artist Profile:
Krit Ngamsom (Thailand)

School of Art at Bangkok University
Visual Art Master's degree in King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang 

Bangkok Bananas
Imagine Peace
Bangkok 226
Traces of Siamese Smile at Bangkok Art and Culture Center
Nuova (Arte) Povera Osage Gallery Hong Kong
Thai Transience Singapore Art Museum

  • 'Zodiac Houses'

An installation by Zodiac Houses, one of the pioneers of Thai contemporary art movement. In addition to metals and wood, herbs are also used as materials. The work represents astrological signatures for communicating with the dead, as well as bliss and incarnation through outer space.

Artist Profile: 
Montien Boonma (Thailand)
Installation and mixed media artist

The 51st Venice Biennale or Salas for the Mind (1995), etc.

[Other works]

  • 'Chat...Na'
    Arnont Nongyao (Thailand)

    Nino Sarabutra (Thailand)

  • 'Sweet Boundary: In the Light Tube'
    Kamol Phaosavasdi (Thailand)

  • 'Monuments of the Memory, the Golden Room'
    Paolo Canevari (Italy)


The installation at temple sightseeing spots have become a unique and experimental exhibition hall where visitors can enjoy attractive elements as well as come into contact with contemporary art.


Bangkok Art Biennale

October 19 2018 - February 03 2019
会 場
Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Prayurawongsawat

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