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From Left - Artistic director of BAB 2018 Professor Apinan Poshyananda and Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping visits Wat Arun where the artist will create new installation to display at Wat Pho. Photo courtesy of BAB2018 World-famous artists headline first Bangkok Art Biennale Yugoslav Marina Abramovic, Chinese-French Huang Yong Ping, South Korean Choi Jeong Hwa, Indonesian Heri Dono, Japanese Yoshitomo Nara and Thai Sakarin Krue-On will be showcased at the first Bangkok Art Biennale. Professor Apinan Poshyananda, artistic director of Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) 2018, on Thursday announced the first 15 of 70 artists participating at the BAB at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). Apinan with his curatorial team from across Asean selected the 15 artists to explore their talents in the theme of “Beyond Bliss”. They will display their artworks around town from October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2019. ThaiBev, along with Bangkok shopping centres including Siam Discovery, Siam Centre, Siam Paragon and Central Embassy have spent Bt150 million on the first Biennale. The organisers aim for it to continue for three editions. Over 70 international and Thai artists will show their works in the art centre, galleries, department stores and unconventional art spaces such as Lumpini Park, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat Prayoon. Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping returned to Thailand again for creating new installation in Wat Pho. Yesterday He also gave a lecture at BACC. Besides four big names who have been working Apinan for decades, other artists include new wave artist collectives AES+F from Russia, Art Labor from Vietnam, and duo Elmgreen & Dragset from Denmark and Norway. Also represented witll be French artist Sara Favriau, Turkish artist namely Canan and Singaporean Ho Tzu Nyen, along with Thais Chumpon Apisuk, Kawita Vatanajyankur and Sanitas Pradittasnee. BAB will be part of the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” campaign from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
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