Started out since 19 October 2018, Bangkok Art Biennale held its first various location art scenes featuring 75 both international and local artists at up to 34 venues. Featured artist includes Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abramovic, Choi Jeong Hwa, Elmgreen and Dragset and more. Here are our top pick locations which worth a visit for as a local attraction and witnessing the art itself.
WAT PRAYURAWONGSAWAS WARAVIHARN (TEMPLE OF THE IRON FENCE)
The temple was built during the reign of King Rama III of the Thai Rattanakosin Kingdom. He was the king of Siam from 1824–1851. Rama III was the elder brother of Mongkut who succeeded him as King Rama IV in 1851. Rama IV became famous beyond Thailand, after being portrayed in The King and I film and stage productions. 'Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan is a second-class level of royal temples.
Open Monday - Sunday 9:00 -19:00
Bliston’s BAB Pick:
‘Sweet Boundary: In the Light Tube’ 2018 by Kamol Phaosavasdi (Thailand)
‘WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND?’ 2012 by Nino Sarabutra (Thailand)
‘Monuments of the Memory, the Golden Room’, 2018 by Paolo Canevari (Italy)
THE EAST ASIATIC BUILDING
East Asiatic’s historic building (1884) is one of Thailand’s architectural landmarks, and registered as national heritage site where are demonstrating to more than 130 year of Thailand and Denmark’s relationship in international trade. This place also served as a port and Thailand’s entrance gate for foreign traders. At this riverside place, the legend of interrelationship between Thailand and foreign countries are continued. To trace Thailand’s history and tear into modern art with happiness, it is a great chance to visit this building during the art festival period, Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 with its theme of Beyond Bliss.
Open Daily 10:00 – 19:00
Bliston’s BAB Pick: ‘Zero’ 2018 by Elmgreen & Dragset (Denmark/Norway)
BANK OF THAILAND LEARNING CENTER
The Bank of Thailand (BOT), the central bank of the country, was founded in 1942 to deal with managing the state’s currency, money supply, and other functions. In 1945, BOT moved into Bang Khun Phrom Palace where former Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu resided until his forced exile. Across Samsen Road from BOT’s headquarter, the national banknote printing plant was built right on the riverfront. The facility was in function until operations moved elsewhere, forcing the building to close. To commemorate its 75th anniversary, BOT decided to open a learning center and the printing plant was chosen as the site. In 2018, Bank of Thailand Learning Center opened its doors to the public, offering visitors a glimpse into its printing past and more by divided into two sections: Prince Vivadhanajaya Library and Bank of Thailand Museum.
BONUS: Walk over Rama 8 Bridge close by for a scenic Bangkok view of both sides of Chao Phraya River.
Open Tuesday - Sunday 09:30 - 20:00, closed on Mondays
Bliston’s BAB Pick: 'MEMORY HOUSE' 2018 by Alexface
BANGKOK ART AND CULTURE CENTRE (BACC)
At Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, a gigantic structure is made of adhesive tape stretching from ceiling to floor. Entering inside the cocoon-like enclosure, the viewers experience sensations of sight, sound, touch and smell. Crawling inside thick and translucent tunnels becomes a journey of self-awareness and facilitates a sense of rebirth.
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 21.00, closed on Mondays
(Last admission to Main Gallery 20.45 hrs.)
Bliston’s BAB Pick:
‘Tape Bangkok’ 2018 by Numen For Use Design Collective (Croatia)
‘The Method 2018’ 2018 by Marina Abramovic Institute (USA)
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahaviharn (Temple of Dawn)
The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmark. The first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.
Open Monday – Sunday 8:00 - 17:30
Bliston’s BAB Pick:
‘Giant Twins’ 2018 by Komkrit Tepthian (Thailand)
‘Across the Universe and Beyond’ 2018 by Sanitas Pradittasnee (Thailand)