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Great Bangkok Spots to Explore by BTS

Great Bangkok Spots to Explore by BTS

Want to get the most out of your time in Bangkok? Sure, there are great shopping malls, but where else to go? Here are some Living ASEAN recommendations on enjoying Thailand’s capital city. For comfort and convenience, we suggest using the BTS system for your weekend jaunt to see new lifestyles and interesting art works, or spend time with gods and angels at sacred sites all around town.

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Start out on the Sukhumvit Line

>> BTS National Stadium 

BACC

Where’s the largest art exhibition space in the “Big Mango?” Easy. It’s right here at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre: exhibitions, music, films, literature, education, and, on the 5th floor, handicraft art. Then there’s the BACC souvenir shop for buying art show mementos, works by the artists themselves, and plenty of other things. Shows here aren’t just uplifting, but inspire our own creative instincts. Right now BACC is one of the prime locations for Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 Festival l, showing such works as “Basket Tower” by Choi Jeong Hwa and “Tape Bangkok 2018,” by Numen For Use Design Collective.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
Rising high into the air, a tower of brightly colored baskets is lovingly crafted by South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa. The soaring sculpture is currently on show at BACC. His inspiration is encapsulated in his motto, “Your heart is my art.” More works of art by the happy and lively South Korean can be seen at Park Nai Lert Heritage Home and department stores in Siam Square, Chidlom, and Rajaprasong.
Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
An installation by a group of German artists is in the form of a tunnel fastened with clear adhesive tapes. The “Numen For Use Design Collective” has exhibited at major art scenes from Frankfurt to Paris to Ohio. In Bangkok, the Tape Tunnel is being staged at BACC.

>> BTS Siam

BTS SIAM

This location is a sort of urban landmark, not merely a place for teenagers to hang out, but a showplace for the modern age. There’s a center for technology and innovation, plus a bezillion shops and outlets: Siam Discovery, the Siam Center, Siam Paragon, and Siam Square, each distinct area offering its own select products and product selections.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 shines here, too, featuring works of various prominent artists brought in from abroad. One such is Yayoi Kusama, an 81-year-old Japanese known as the “Princess of Polka Dots.” She has extended her love of that quirky blob into many branches of creativity: sculpture, painting, arrangement art, and many more, to become one of the world’s most highly esteemed contemporary female artists, giving exhibitions and receiving top international awards in many countries.

You can see some Kusama signature works on display at Central World: the beautiful arrangement art piece “Inflatable Pumpkins Balloons” hangs suspended from high above and polka dots adorn escalator handrails, changing this massive space into an art gallery where you yourself are a participant in the creation. More Kusama is seen at nearby Siam Paragon in “I Carry On Living With The Pumpkins,” where you’ll find the polka dot theme continued on a silver pumpkin with mosaic-style skin.

The exhibits listed above are the works of Yayoi Kusama, Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist. The red pumpkin with black polka dots and the silver fruit with multiple colors are part of a collection titled “I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins”. Sometimes called “The Princess of Polka Dots”, Kusama works mainly in sculpture and installation and is widely known for her obsession with endless dots, nets, and mirrored space. The 89-year-old artist continues to create amazing works of art, most notably installations.

>> BTS Chit Lom

BTS Chit Lom

Walking along the skywalk between the BTS Chit Lom and Siam stations you can reach a lot of great locations: Central World, Central Chit Lom, Gaysorn Village, and a lot of famous hotels. The Erawan Shrine is right below, where pilgrims come to pay homage to six divinities believed to grant blessings to worshippers petitioning for success in work, money, love, or various other realms.

Wisut Ponnimit
Wisut Ponnimit

At Central World is yet another Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 Festival display: an exhibition featuring the beloved Miss Mamuang, by artist Wisut Ponnimit, cartoonist and illustrator. Stop by to meet Miss Mamuang and take pictures with these rare art works. 

>> BTS Ploenchit

BTS Ploenchit

The Ploenchit area has not only major office buildings and governmental locations such as embassies, but also department stores and hotels. And near here is a major passenger boat pier for connections to Pratu Nam (the Watergate district) and various locations along Phetchaburi Road.

Marc Schmitz
Marc Schmitz

Getting off at the BTS Ploenchit Station gives you additional access to Bangkok Art Biennale 2018. Famous art works are shown nearby at Central Embassy, Nai Lert Park Heritage Home, One Bangkok, and Alliance Française Bangkok. One especially interesting collection features the work of Marc Schmitz, whose fascination with the relationships between people and spaces has produced paintings, large arrangement art pieces, and video art. Mr. Schmitz looks to challenge the limits of communication on many fronts, giving us works that really make us think. His goal is to stimulate a continuing conversation between observer and art piece that at some point becomes like real personal communication. His later work contemplates commonly known relationships between people and history by means of large works installed in public spaces, filling the gap between art history and contemporary art in useful ways. You can see his works at Nai Lert Park Heritage Home from Oct. 19 to Feb. 3.

>> BTS Asoke

BTS Asoke

Asoke: district of prosperity, and one of the capital city’s major communication and transportation hubs. From the Asoke Intersection, where Asoke Montrii, Rathchaphisek, and Sukhumvit Roads meet, a network of streets and alleys can whisk us to important areas all over Bangkok. The super-fast, convenient, and comfortable BTS and MRT rapid train systems connect here, helping efficient time management. The Airport Link train is just one stop away by MRT, adding convenience for foreign travel. Directly by the rail stations is the Terminal 21 shopping complex, each floor designed with many shops and services mimicking a different international airport, and with a giant food center where you can partake of different lifestyles, all open for your daily enjoyment.

>> BTS Phrom Phong

BTS Phrom Phong

Here the “EmDistrict,” meaning EmQuartier and the Emporium, flanks Sukhumvit Road on both sides. EmQuartier has three shopping complexes. The Helix Quartier, or Building A, is distinctive for its “floating garden” starting on the 5th floor. From here you’ll walk up and around, up and around on a helical ramp where you can dine at luxury restaurants and visit shops along the way.

The Glass Quartier features high-end outlets, fashion shops, a Virgin Active Fitness center, and the Bhiraj Tower (Sammachawanich Building 3) is a 30-storey office building. The Bhiraj has a central reception hall on floor M from which you’ll take a high-speed elevator up to the 15th floor, where you’ll find a helipad and a roof deck with a stunning view. Be sure not to miss the hall on the 45th floor, home to the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 Festival’s display of works by artist Kawita Vatanajyankur.

Kawita Vatanajyankur
Kawita Vatanajyankur

SILOM

Silom Line

>> BTS Sala Daeng MRT Si LomMRT Sam Yan

MRT Sam Yan

We arrive here after changing to the Silom Line. This district is replete with businesses and office buildings, colorful department stores, and hangout spots, with public parks scattered here and there. At the corner by MRT Sam Yan Station a new “lifestyle community” is soon to be completed: the Samyan Metrotown Life Expansion, a mixed-use building complex conceived under a concept called “three friends.” Lifestyle choices and personal enjoyment are coupled with learning and expanding perspectives with the aim of unlocking personal and community potential over the long term. The motto here is “learning is built around friendship”: “smart” spaces are designed to promote learning and be user-friendly under the concept of an “urban life library,” or “treasury of food and learning,” as a new chapter is added to the legend of Sam Yan. Three districts, three libraries, complete and unique in all of Thailand.

>> BTS Chong Noni – BRT Thanon Chan

BTS Chong Noni – BRT Thanon Chan

The BTS Chong Nonsi Station is located in the Silom district between the Sathorn-Narathiwat and Silom-Narathiwat intersections, pretty much the city’s financial center. Full of office buildings, embassies, and condos, and with quick SkyTrain access, Chong Nonsi is especially popular with foreigners. The byword here is “mobility,” as Chong Nonsi is easily accessible by public and private transport. Besides BTS there’s the BRT Express Van Sathorn Station, and if you want to escape the clogged streets there is nearby Sathorn Pier, where you can catch an express boat: just hop on BTS and glide down to Taksin Station for that. There you can also easily cross to the Thonburi side of Bangkok: both coming in and exiting the city is convenient. Also, a quick ride to the BRT Thanon Chan station brings you to yet another Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 Festival installation: the Theater of Indulgence, where the work of many fine artists is featured.

If you have time to use BTS to get beyond the normal tourist activities, why don’t you check out some of these great locations? See art works unseen anywhere before tell inspiring and trendsetting stories through reflections of culture and society, lighting fires of thought we can use to improve our daily lives. Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 is held between October 19, 2018 and February 3, 2019 at 20 locations in Bangkok.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, (BAB) is an art fair which will transform Bangkok into a city for art lovers. Famous artists from many corners of the world have brought their works here to be shown at 20 landmark sites.

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30 Works of Art You Can’t Miss at BAB 2018
30 Works of Art You Can’t Miss at BAB 2018

Mahanakhon SkyWalk; Best place to see the breathtaking skyline of Bangkok

Mahanakhon SkyWalk; Best place to see the breathtaking skyline of Bangkok

Mahanakorn SkyWalk is poised to become a popular global landmark destination. The new vantage point with breathtaking panoramic city skyline is located at the top of King Power Mahanakhon. Dubbed Thailand’s highest rooftop, the lookout with fantastic views is now officially opened.

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A place of interest for both local and international visitors, the SkyWalk’s main attraction is an observation deck that sits 310 meters (1,017 feet) from the ground. The rooftop destination affords 360-degree panoramic views of Bangkok city skyline. It boasts a spacious 63-square-meter floor space that ranks among the world’s biggest glass observation decks.

Mahanakhon SkyWalk facilities include:

  • 1st Floor: The Lobby experience is about creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere as visitors arrive at the Main Entrance and Mahanakhon SkyWalk Ticket Counter. It’s conveniently linked to the elevator lobby via a Bangkok-themed digital corridor. Feel the excitement of Thailand’s fastest elevators that are capable of reaching the 74th floor in just 50 seconds.

Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power MahanakhonMahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power MahanakhonMahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon

  • 74th Floor: The Indoor Observation Deck affords 360-degree panoramic views of landmark destinations around Bangkok. It comes complete with interactive windows and Augmented Reality screen experience to capture and send postcards to loved ones direct from Thailand’s highest mailbox!

Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon

  • 75th Floor: The Mezzanine offers restroom facilities and access to the glass elevator lobby.

Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon

  • 78th Floor: The Rooftop and Outdoor Observation Deck comes alive with the adrenaline-fueled excitement of “The Glass Tray”, a floor space that sits 310 meters from the ground. The spacious viewing deck ranks among the world’s largest glass floors. The Mahanakhon SkyWalk experience culminates in “The Peak”, which is a vantage point set at 314 meters up from the ground. Take your time as you take in the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city skyline. It’s home to the highest rooftop bar with plenty of signature drinks and alluring cocktails.
Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Mahanakhon, stands on the Glass Tray
Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon
Awe-inspiring views from The Peak

Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon

If you travel on BTS Skytrain, Mahanakhon SkyWalk is easily accessible via Chong Nonsi Station, Exit 3 while Siam BTS Line is located 3 stations away). The SkyWalk is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight, the final admission being 11 p.m.

Ticket Information:

 Ticket Type: Mahanakhon SkyWalk
Description: Indoor Observatory Deck (74th Floor)
Adult Admission: 850 THB and 250 THB for *Children under 12 years of age / *Seniors over 60 years of age

Ticket type: Mahanakhon SkyWalk & Rooftop
Description: Indoor and Outdoor Observatory Deck (74th and 78th Floors)
Adult Admission: 1,050 THB and 450 THB for *Children under 12 years of age / *Seniors over 60 years of age

Mahanakorn SkyWalk , King Power Mahanakhon

Good news! To celebrate the official opening, special promotions include a complimentary upgrade to the Rooftop with the purchase of a Mahanakhon SkyWalk ticket at just 765THB (a 1,050 THB value) from today until 31 January 2019*. (*Terms and conditions apply.)

Mahanakhon SkyWalk is part of the “King Power Mahanakhon” project.  Set in the heart of Bangkok on Naradhiwas Road, the mixed-use development includes:

  1. King Power Duty Free and Retail Shop (Floors 1 to 4): One of Asia Pacific’s leading centers for duty free goods, world-class brand name products, exclusive Mahanakhon SkyWalk souvenirs, international quality Thai products and creations, and a rich array of lifestyle products.
  2. King Power Hotel (Floors 1 to 18): More details will be announced in the next phase.
  3. The Ritz-Carlton Residences (Floors 23 to 73): Luxury living at its best. A total of 209 luxurious freehold residences, ranging from 2-5 bedrooms; from 125 square meters to 844 square meters of space, with exclusive amenities and legendary service by the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton.
  4. Mahanakhon SkyWalk (Floors 1, 74, 75 and 78): Bangkok’s newest iconic landmark destination, Mahanakhon SkyWalk is Thailand’s highest observation deck, offering 360-degree panoramic views of Bangkok. Sitting 314 meters from the ground, it ranks among the world’s largest glass tray floors, and is home to Thailand’s highest rooftop bar.
  5. Mahanakhon CUBE provides some of Bangkok’s best dining experiences, with a showcase of leading international restaurants, café and gourmet products including Dean & Deluca’s flagship store, M Krub, and L’Atelier by Michelin star chef, Joël Robuchon.
  6. Mahanakhon Square: Over 1,000 square meters of available space for exhibitions, performances and events in central Bangkok.
King Power Mahanakhon
King Power Mahanakhon

Link: www.KingPowerMahanakhon.co.th

Plan Your Trip: Ways to View BAB at Landmark Spots along the Chao Phraya River

Plan Your Trip: Ways to View BAB at Landmark Spots along the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, (BAB) is an art fair which will transform Bangkok into a city for art lovers. Famous artists from many corners of the world have brought their works here to be shown at 20 landmark sites.

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The show spreads over two zones: 1) the Chao Phraya riverside and 2) the heart of the city. Shows in the urban zone are easily accessible by public transport such as BTS or MRT. The Chao Phraya riverside zone is also easy to get to, but for comfortable travel, easy on the physical body and with no worry about getting lost, we’ve prepared a guide – including parking suggestions – for getting around to see that great art down by the riverside.

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30 Works of Art You Can’t Miss at BAB 2018
30 Works of Art You Can’t Miss at BAB 2018

BTS Saphan Taksin, your starting point

BTS Saphan Taksin Station is the perfect connecting point between urban and riverside zones, so if going by BTS or other public transport you’ll want to make this your destination for catching the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Arriving on BTS, take Exit 2 and it’s a quick walk to the pier where the Chao Phraya Express Boats, which you’ll recognize by their orange flags, dock. Fare is 15 baht per person.

Going by private car? There’s a parking lot close by the BTS Saphan Taksin, next to Wat Yannawa at the end of Charoen Krung Soi 52, a very convenient walk to the Express Boat. From 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. the charge is 60 baht per day; every hour after 5 p.m. costs an additional 10 baht.

The East Asia Building
  1. The East Asia Building

We recommend taking the Chao Phraya Express Boat from Taksin Station and getting off at Oriental Pier (Tha Oriental). Just a short walk from there brings you to the beautiful Renaissance Revival architecture of that venerable old building.

It’s less convenient to drive your car here, as the East Asia Building has no parking lot. Leaving the car at the Soi Charoenkrung 52 lot and going by boat is a much better idea.

Zero by Elmgreen and Dragset / Venue: The East Asiatic Company Building
Diluvium by Lee Bul / Venue: East Asiatic Company Building
  1. Mandarin Oriental Hotel

This is quite close to the first destination, so if your plan is to admire the fantastic art work at the East Asia Building, you should stop by the Oriental as well.

Taking the Chao Phraya Express Boat, get off at the Oriental Pier just as for the East Asia Building. The Mandarin Oriental also has its own boats that can be hired for pickup and drop-off.

Parking? The Oriental’s parking garage is free for guests only, so those using it for convenient access to the art show have to pay the Hotel’s standard service charge. Remember, it has limited space, and so might be full.

  1. O.P Place

An old trade center and a fixture in the Phra Nakhon locality since 1908, O.P Place is one more BAB art venue that’s accessible by Chao Phraya Express Boat  and the Oriental Pier. You’ll find it by walking just 270 meters from Tha Oriental, and, of course, it’s convenient to the BAB exhibitions at the Mandarin Oriental and the East Asia building.

O.P. Place has a parking lot which is free for three hours with a parking ticket stamped by one of the shops, services, or restaurants in the trade center. Without a stamp it is 200 baht per hour.

  1. The Peninsula Bangkok

With the Express Boat, again you get off at the Oriental Pier. This time, since the Peninsula Hotel is on the opposite bank, you should take the free boat service between the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula.

For those of our readers who must take your own cars, the Peninsula Hotel provides free parking for art lovers. Simply tell the parking official that you’ve come for the BAB art fair, and there’s no charge. We’re keeping this a bit on the Q.T., because the BAB fair lasts a full 4 months and we anticipate that this special service may change before long.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
Turtle Religion by Krit Ngamsom / Venue: Khao Mo, Wat Prayurawongsawas Woraviharn
  1. Wat Prayurawongsawas Warawihan

This is one of the three temple locations chosen for BAB art exhibitions: take the Express Boat to the Memorial Bridge/Saphan Phut Pier and it’s right across the bridge, a short pleasant walk with some great river views.

For the automobile-bound, Wat Prayurawongsawas Warawihan has its own parking lot, free for pilgrims and worshippers. Others need to pay 20 baht per hour, but we have no information for our readers on parking there specifically for Bangkok Art Biennale viewing.

Very close by, on the Chao Phraya riverside, there is also the Municipal Sanitation Officials’ parking lot, or on Thesakit Soi 1, where there’s free public parking but it’s rather limited, so a bit chancy. Cars may also be left at Wat Kallayanamitr Woramahawiharan (Wat Kanlayanamit): to get to BAB from there you’ll have to walk through the Kudeejeen District.

Another choice would be to drop the car at the Pak Klong Market parking lot behind Yodpiman River Walk. There’s an automatic system here which can hold as many as 360 cars. Service charge for 4 hours is 40 baht, and it’s open 24 hours. From there you’ll have to cut through to the Chao Phraya and cross Memorial Bridge to reach Wat Prayurawongsawas Warawihan. It’s a bit of a hike, but definitely a secure and easy place to leave your car.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
What will we leave behind? by Nino Sarabutra / Venue: Circular Walkway, Main Stupa, Wat Prayurawongsawas Woraviharn
  1. Phra Chetupon Vimol Mongkolam (Wat Pho)

Coming from Wat Prayurawongsawas Warawihan you’ll have to cross back over and catch the Chao Phraya Express Boat at either Memorial Bridge/Saphan Phut or Yodpiman Pier, and go to the Wat Arun/Tha Tian Pier, where there is also a boat crossing to the next destination of Wat Arun.

To go straight to Wat Pho by private car, there’s the “Soi by Wat Pho” parking lot at the Chetuphon Street fork, which charges 20 baht per hour, but there’s so little space there you won’t be able to count on it, so make sure you have a backup plan.

Nearby is also the Tha Maharaj Pier parking lot, but this also has limited space and is always full. There’s sometimes also parking at the Navy Club,  if there is no event scheduled there.

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan
  1. Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan

When you’ve viewed the art work at Wat Pho to your heart’s content, take the boat back across the river to Wat Arun.

Driving in on Arun Amarin Road, it’s pretty hard to find parking by Wat Arun. It’s common to park on the side of the soi by the Temple (Soi Wang Derm), but we don’t recommend it because 1) space is limited, and 2) it’s not very safe. Our suggestion is to leave the car elsewhere, e.g. back at the Pak Klong Market, Soi by Wat Pho, or the Navy Club, and just take the Chao Phraya Express Boat and/or a boat that crosses to the other side.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
Giant Twins by Komkrit Tepthian / Venue: In Front of Khao Mo, Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn
BOT
BOT Learning Center
  1. Bank of Thailand Learning Center

Going by Chao Phraya Express Boat, we recommend getting off at Thewet Pier.

If bringing your car here, just use the Bank of Thailand Learning Center parking lot. The Learning Center has free parking for 4 hours with a stamped parking ticket. If you’re staying longer, or don’t get your ticket stamped, it’s 20 baht per hour.

Dragon Boat by Huang Yong Ping / Venue: BOT Learning Center

This is just a rough plan for readers interested in visiting the Chao Phraya River Zone exhibitions of Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, an international festival of contemporary art held from October 19, 2018 until February 3, 2019 at 20 important Bangkok locations.

 

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30 Works of Art You Can’t Miss at BAB 2018

30 Works of Art You Can’t Miss at BAB 2018

Bangkok has come alive with all the spectaculars happening all around us. The Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 is on right now with more than 200 works of art on display at 20 venues throughout the city. For the record, 75 artists from 34 countries are exhibiting at this very moment. Naturally, you are spoilt for choice because there are so many good shows to go to. If you’re still not sure where to start, Living ASEAN has put together a checklist of 30 amazing pieces that every art lover must see. Don’t miss out!

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01 | Basket Tower by Choi Jeong Hwa 
Venue: BACC, Floors 1-5

Rising high into the air, a tower of brightly colored baskets is lovingly crafted by South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa. The soaring sculpture is currently on show at BACC. His inspiration is encapsulated in his motto, “Your heart is my art.” More works of art by the happy and lively South Korean can be seen at Park Nai Lert Heritage Home and department stores in Siam Square, Chidlom, and Rajaprasong.

02 | Rekayasa Genetika (REGEN) by Heri Dono 
Venue: BACC Floor 7

An installation featuring puppets on strings portrays the human race as the outcome of mutation. What is perceived as a breed of mechanical humans is the work of Indonesian artist Heri Dono. The models controlled by strings are crafted of fiberglass, wood, electronic gadgets, and electric fans. The exhibit gets its inspiration from Indonesia’s shadow puppetry known as Wayang. Find out what message it tries to communicate at BACC. Other shows like it can be seen at the East Asiatique Building and the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok.

03 | Tape Bangkok 2018  by Numen For Use Design Collective
Venue: BACC Floor 7

An installation by a group of German artists is in the form of a tunnel fastened with clear adhesive tapes. The “Numen For Use Design Collective” has exhibited at major art scenes from Frankfurt to Paris to Ohio. In Bangkok, the Tape Tunnel is being staged at BACC.

04 | A Possible Island? by Marina Abramović Institute (MAI)
Venue: BACC Floor 8

A durational performance by Greek artist Yiannis Pappas
A performance art exhibit by Thavisak Moolasawat of Thailand
Myanmar artist Lin Htet is live at a durational performance.

An endurance art exhibition titled “A Possible Island?” is happening on the 8th Floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC). A series of performance art shows are presented by 8 students from Marina Abramović Institute. Among them, Myanmar artist Lin Htet puts himself in a barbed wire cage and stands still in protest against human rights abuse and the suffering of a Muslim minority in Myanmar. In an interview with Baan Lae Suan Magazine, the artist says that the stateless Rohingya people are in his thoughts and prayers. While there, take the time to experience “The Method”, a performance and immaterial art show going on now until November 11, 2018 from Tuesday thru Sunday, 12 noon to 20.00 hours.

05 | Shelter from the Stars by Marc Schmitz
Venue: BACC

 

Measuring 5 meters wide, Shelter from the Stars is a large sculpture by Marc Schmitz. The German artist and curator is known for his interest in the openness of space which, he thinks, provides a different kind of experience that cannot be found in the city. Open spaces provide environmental benefits and shelter from confusion and disturbances happening all around us. The exhibit sends a message that people have got to stop hurting one another. Life doesn’t have to be that way.



06 | “I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins” (Red) by Yayoi Kusama
Venue: Siam Paragon, First floor, Fashion Gallery 3

07 | “I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins” (Silver) by Yayoi Kusama
Venue: Siam Paragon, First floor, Fashion Gallery 3

08 | Inflatable Pumpkin Balloons
Venue: Central World

The exhibits listed above are the works of Yayoi Kusama, Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist. The red pumpkin with black polka dots and the silver fruit with multiple colors are part of a collection titled “I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins”. Sometimes called “The Princess of Polka Dots”, Kusama works mainly in sculpture and installation and is widely known for her obsession with endless dots, nets, and mirrored space. The 89-year-old artist continues to create amazing works of art, most notably installations.

09 | “Mamuang” for BAB 2018
Venues: Siam Square 1, Siam Paragon, Central World, and the EmQuartier

“Mamuang” for BAB 2018 by Wisut Ponnimit
“Mamuang” for BAB 2018 by Wisut Ponnimit

Wisut Ponnimit is the creator of “Miss Mamuang” and her four-legged friend “Manao”. Ten versions of the fictitious animation characters are debuting at the Bangkok Art Biennale. Animation fans, don’t miss out!

10 | “Your Dog” by Yoshitomo Nara
Venue: BAB Box @ One Bangkok

The Japanese artist is well known for his paintings and sculptures of children and animals, the most famous of whom being a childlike character who appears sweet yet sinister. Nara rose to fame during the 1990s Japanese pop art movement. His works of art have been exhibited worldwide. For the Bangkok Art Biennale, Nara is debuting “Your Dog”, a 4.5-meter-tall canine character made of aluminum currently on show at BAB Box @ One Bangkok.

Highlights of The 2018 Baan Lae Suan Fair, A Focus on “Massclusivity”

Highlights of The 2018 Baan Lae Suan Fair, A Focus on “Massclusivity”

Speaking of the lifestyle trade show, there’s no denying that the Baan Lae Suan Fair has become a household name. The popular event is held three times yearly. The first show takes place in late May, followed by the midyear edition in early August, and the yearend event in late October. Each time, the show features a different theme or concept that encapsulates the mood and what’s trending at a particular time. All the most important aspects of the idea are expressed through the model home and show garden that make the event’s main attractions.

The current edition of Baan Lae Suan Fair 2018, which runs from October 26 to November 4, is the biggest trade exhibition in terms of design, lifestyle, and outdoor living. Besides giving companies the opportunity to showcase their products and services, the show is a shopper’s paradise for home goods, décor, and accessories. Like flipping through the pages of “Baan Lae Suan” Magazine, it’s easy to be spoilt for choice.

“Massclusivity” Show Entrance

BAANLAESUAN FAIR

The way into the exhibition hall is crafted of brown corrugated sheets cut to size and assembled in one place to create a welcoming entrance. The pieces are unevenly spread and neatly decorated with lighting. Where appropriate, green indoor plants are added to make the entryway area elegant and enjoyable.

Model Home Featuring the “Massclusivity” Concept 

BAANLAESUAN FAIR

Traditional economies are systems in which large quantities of standardized products are made to satisfy market demand. In the process, the costs of production are reduced. Over time, the ability to mass-produce has given rise to the popular phrase, “cheaper by the dozen.” This is especially true in the homebuilding industry. Nowadays as construction materials are affordable and available in abundance, people have become even more creative in unleashing their imaginative energy. Such an interesting phenomenon is compellingly told during the 2018 Baan Lae Suan Fair, where a model home built around the concept of Massclusivity is on show from now until Sunday November 4. The home with distinct character is designed by Narong Othavorn of the SO Company.

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The architect reinterprets the shop-houses in a different way. Inspired by the building type that’s ubiquitous across the country from past to present, Narong creates a unique home using recycled and mass-produced building materials. The result is a cube-shaped home in which all the rooms are built 3.60 by 3.60 meters.

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The two-story home is an ensemble of 12 steel-framed units, each of which is designed to serve different purposes ranging from parlor and dining rooms to bedrooms and baths. In a nutshell, it’s about adapting all too familiar materials for new uses, and old design for new purposes. This is manifested in the use of breeze blocks, louver windows, and clear corrugated roofing sheets in making the face of the building and walls. Where appropriate, terrazzo tiles are installed in a new way that’s immediately appealing.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 And Exotic Art Materials

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 And Exotic Art Materials

When the subject of art comes up, people tend to think of canvas paintings or sculptures, but there is a group of artists in this world who love working with more unusual materials. In the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018,  which runs from October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2019 at 20 major locations all over Bangkok, you’ll see how sticky tape, cheap plastic baskets, propellers, or even fish can be used to create art. Now, before the festival starts, we’re going to give you some highlights: works made of unconventional materials and with non-traditional artistic methods.

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Story: Nawapat Dusdul /// Photography: Methee Samantong

Material: Plastic baskets
Work: Happy Happy Project: Basket Chandelier
Artist: Choi Jeong Hwa
Venue: Bangkok Art and Culture Center 

Choi Jeong Hwa
Choi Jeong Hwa in Thailand, picking out a plastic basket to use in his art

Choi Jeong Hwa is a South Korean artist and designer who favors the use of simple materials procuced by industrial systems for his richly colorful installation art creations such as the piece “Happy Together,” which put household items such as plastic baskets, trays, and colorful water glasses under elaborate lighting in a showing at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. Or his use of over 2 million plastic containers to cover the Seoul Olympic Stadium in 2008. For the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Choi walked around markets in Thailand himself, buying up plastic baskets to create a huge colorfully sculptured chandelier. Bring your camera, you can snap a photo of it the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre! Anyone interested in enjoying more of Choi’s delightful works can see them at the Nai Lert Park Heritage Home, as well as in various merchandise outlets in the Siam Square/Chit Lom/Rajaprasong area. For today, we have some pictorial examples of Choi’s work that you’ll all be able to enjoy in person in just a few days.

Happy Happy Project: The Joker Crown
Happy Happy Project: The Joker Crown
Happy Happy Project: Love Me Pig I
Happy Happy Project: Love Me Pig I
Happy Happy Project: Inflatable Robot – Black
Happy Happy Project: Inflatable Robot – Black
Happy Happy Project: Inflatable Flower – Pink
Happy Happy Project: Inflatable Flower – Pink
Happy Happy Project: Stupas
Happy Happy Project: Stupas
Happy Happy Project: Plastic Shotguns
Happy Happy Project: Plastic Shotguns
Happy Happy Project: Alchemy
Happy Happy Project: Alchemy

Material: Silver reflective plastic sheet
Art work: Diluvium
Artist: Lee Bul
Venue: East Asiatic Building

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Lee Bul at Talk #13, BAB at Central Embassy (Picture: Nawaphat)

Diluvium is an installation art piece by Lee Bul. It’s a temporary structure built up from steel boxes welded together and surfaced with an adhesive material and light-reflective plastic sheet. Lee is a South Korean female artist associated with many branches of art: painting, live shows, sculpture, installation art, and video. For more than 20 years she has held showings in museums and participated in many important art festivals all over the world. One aspect of her work that brought her to worldwide renown involved sculptures that imagine future eras by showing worlds of the future. Clearly the piece Diluvium is one of these. At Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 you’ll find Diluvium in the East Asiatic Building. The way its futuristic concept is set in an environmental context is especially interesting, full of historical references, and the end product has a rare beauty.

Photo: Courtesy of Junyong Cho, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London.
Photo: Courtesy of Junyong Cho, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London.
Photo: Courtesy of Junyong Cho, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London.

Material: Clear plastic tape 
Art work: Tape Bangkok 2018 (Tape Tunnel)
Artist: Numen/For Use Collective Design
Venue: Bangkok Art and Culture Center

The handsome devils of the Numen artist group, as they sit in Tape, a big construction made of sticky tape and clear plastic (Photo: courtesy of the artists)

Numen/For Use Collective Design (Numen) is a group of three collaborating artists and designers from Berlin, Germany: Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler, and Nikola Radeljković. The remarkable works that made this group famous are abstract, involve unique, new environmental dimensions, incorporate industrial design, and play around with open space. Many of this group’s creations on direct relationships between materials and people. For instance their piece Net Hasselt, shown in 2011 at Belgium’s Z33 House for Contemporary Art, strung hammocks together which people could climb around in as they floated like dark clouds inside the building. Then there was String Vienna, a sculpture of ropes in horizontal and vertical lines inside a giant balloon. The ropes were strong enough to support the weight of people clambering inside without risking a fall.

At Bangkok Art Bienniale 2018 you’ll be able to see Tape (a tunnel of sticky tape and clear plastic). This work, which lifted the reputation of this group to a whole new level, involves the use of clear tape stuck together to form a tunnel large enough for people to get inside and comfortably move around in. Numen has shown this type of work in locations such as Frankfurt, Paris, and the U.S. state of Ohio. As Bangkok entered this queue, our Living ASEAN work team went to meet and greet the Numen tunnel tape installation team just as they arrived to start work on the tunnel which will welcome Thai and foreign visitors to the 7th floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. The picture you see here is an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” shot taken on the first day of installation. The Numen team assured us that the finished work will look quite different: the tape will be wrapped, wrapped, and wrapped, little by little, until the day the exposition begins or the tape runs out.

Material: Fiberglass, wood, electronic apparatus, and propellers.
Art work: Rekayasa Genetika (REGEN)
Artist: Heri Dono
Location: Bangkok Art and Culture Center

Heri Dono (photo courtesy of the artist)
Heri Dono (photo courtesy of the artist)

60-year-old Indonesian contemporary artist Heri Dono believes that “Art is the primary component of happiness.” His art not only delivers aesthetic pleasure, but has hidden meanings that point to distortions and call for social justice – possibly influenced by his coming of age around 1965, when Indonesian politics involved a lot of violence. One of his works is Rekayasa Genetika (REGEN), puppet-like dolls in the form of genetically modified humans covered in machinery. This was inspired by wayang, the Indonesian shadow play, a folk tradition very similar to Thailand’s own nang talung. These miniature sculptures are made up of a variety of materials, including fiberglass, wood, electronics, and propellers. We were quietly informed that all the Rekayasa Genetika puppet dolls had traveled to the 7th floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center and were awaiting installation. After seeing them we can say in just a single phrase: absolutely not to be missed! Watch all the announcements.

Materials: Stuffed animals and mixed media
Art Work: Chao Phraya 2018
Artist: Patiphat Chaiyawithate
Location: East Asiatic Building

Patiphat Chaiyawithate
Patipat Chaiwitesh

Patipat Chaiwitesh, artist and designer with a penchant for art made from everyday objects such as chopsticks, combs, and textiles, or even bananas, is someone who pays close and constant attention to changes in culture, society, and the environment. After graduating in Visual Arts from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine Arts he received awards and participated in shows at various venues in Japan, France, and Germany. For Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Patipat is the only artist using taxidermy-stuffed animals to create art. His works in the East Asiatic Building will take you into a “lab room of the future,” with sculptures of animals – including fish, birds, and shrimp – foraging along a river bank: each species displays a physical condition and behavior changed by an environment affected by human activity. Patipat explained the process behind the use of these preserved animals as artist’s material. He begins by searching the markets to find and purchasing suitable animals that have died. These he takes to the lab room of the Chiang Mai University Veterinary Department, enlisting experts there to preserve the animal’s shape so it will not decay or deteriorate. Patipht’s own work begins at that point. When the Living ASEAN and Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 work teams came to visit Patipat Chaiwitesh’s work studio we made a video clip here for us all to keep.

All these exciting exhibits make up only a fraction of the more than 200 artistic works that you’ll be able to get up close and personal and feast your eyes on. View to your heart’s content, and come back again, as the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 festival of contemporary art will be here for more than three months, October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2019. Follow developments at Living ASEAN and baanlaesuan.com.

An Architectural Masterpiece, the East Asiatic Building Opens its Doors: Wow, Look What’s Inside!

An Architectural Masterpiece, the East Asiatic Building Opens its Doors: Wow, Look What’s Inside!

The East Asiatic Building is a gem of Renaissance Revival architecture, a popular reprise of 14th through 17th century European design, and still new to us even though it’s been more than a hundred years since Italian architect Annibale Rigotti graced the Thai nation with this work. It is the former office building of a world leader in international trade, the East Asiatic Company (Thailand), founded by Captain H. N. Andersen, a Danish seaman. Andersen found work in Siam as a young man and rose to be captain of the Royal Navy during the reign of H.M. Chulalongkorn before becoming manager of the incomparably luxurious and world-renowned Oriental Hotel and going on to commission the East Asiatic Building.

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Story: Nawapat Dusdul /// Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul

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The East Asiatic Building represents one of Thailand’s most significant historical periods in international trade. In 1984 it received the Architectural Conservation Award from the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage, and the Fine Arts Department has registered it as a historic site. As its last face-lifting repair was done back in 2001, this building is not normally open to public use, although it is occasionally rented out for banquets or advertising photo shoots. The Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 Festival (BAB 2018) marks the first time the general public will be able to go inside and fully appreciate the beauty of the East Asiatic Building – one of twenty sites where BAB 2018 festivities will be held between October 19, 2018 and February 3, 2019. The festival here offers not only an education in the hidden charms of old-style architecture, but a view of aesthetic wonders in masterworks created by world-class artists who are gathering here to create an experience you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

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The overall impression of the building’s interior is of an imprecise beauty, a kind of charm no new building can offer. Despite the renovation of arched doorways following along the lightweight walls, 2nd floor  openings show a framework of long wooden beams resting on main pillars, secured with knots and screws. You can see cracks, incrustations, and lichen stain discolorations of wall surfaces alongside piled-up and disintegrated remnants of compressed wood panels once used as space separators in the long-abandoned office building. The artists all expressed the opinion that this environment was perfect: no improvements or alterations needed. They want to display their work at this site just as it is.

The East Asiatic Building The East Asiatic Building The East Asiatic Building

This imprecise beauty brings to mind the Japanese “wabi-sabi” acceptance of transience and imperfection. Wrinkles and blemishes born of change and temporal deterioration show a beauty reflective of Zen Buddhist wisdom and reinforces our sense that the older the architecture, the more value it has. It is also all the more appropriate as a setting for art that values such flawed beauty, and exciting that all the Bangkok Art Biennale artists, whatever their methods of presentation or communication, are in harmony with the rich historical context of this building.

The lineup of both Thai and foreign artists displaying works at the East Asiatic Building – and the Festival this time also has showings at the OS Building – includes Lee Bul, a female Korean artist acknowledged as cutting-edge in performance art, sculpture, and installation art. Then there are Elmgreen & Dragset, a Danish and Norwegian contemporary artistic duo, who, though neither has completed a course of study in art, produced the widely acclaimed installation art piece “Van Gogh’s Ear.” Another presenter is “Tay,” Patiphat Chaiyawithate, a young artist of the new generation who pays close attention to the changes taking place around us, integrating them into many types of work: sculpture, installation art, and woven fabrics. His show includes lab rooms of the future and sculptures of animals foraging in a river basin. Another featured female artist with startlingly eye-catching work is Praew Kawita Vatanajyankur, who uses her own body as a primary subject in video art, much of which will be premiered in this fantastic building.

Source: http://www.baanlaesuan.com/122223/arts/east-asiatic/

ASEAN Paradise Islands Need Time to Recover

ASEAN Paradise Islands Need Time to Recover

Thailand’s Maya Bay, the Philippines’ Boracay Island, and Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago have seen multiple disturbances in recent years. Without a doubt they need all the help they can get to accelerate the restoration of marine ecosystems. Let’s see what measures have been taken to save them.

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Maya Bay, the Phi Phi Islands Marine Park, Thailand

In Thailand, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation closed the popular tourist destination Maya Bay for four months effective June 1. Because recovery was progressing more slowly than had been anticipated earlier, the authorities announced on October 2 that Maya Bay would remain closed indefinitely. The ban was deemed necessary to let nature take its course with respect to the health and sustainability of the organisms that exist there.

Maya Bay was made famous by the 2000 drama thriller “The Beach,” starring Leonardo Di Caprio. It lies as part of the Phi Phi Islands marine park in the Andaman Sea. The day-tripper paradise gets an average 2 million visitors a year, thanks to its proximity to Phuket and Thailand’s western shore.

 

Boracay Island, the Philippines / Photo: www.travelmag.com
Boracay Island, the Philippines

In the Philippines, the popular tourist attraction Boracay Island, dubbed the “Best Island in the World” in 2012 by Travel+Leisure Magazine, was shuttered for six months effective April 26, 2018. The closure was part of a wider effort at assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been damaged by humans. The tropical paradise is scheduled to reopen on October 26.

 

Cock’s Comb Island
Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar / Photo: www.burmaboating.com

In Myanmar, from time to time the curtain falls on the islets of Mergui Archipelago in the far south of the country. The much sought-after destinations in the Andaman Sea are easily accessible from Thailand’s Ranong Province. For environmental reason, Nyaung Oo Phee Island was closed to visitors on occasions. The same applied to Cock’s Comb Island, also called Emerald Heart for its blue green water color, and Cockburn Island (Kawthoung). Check it out before you visit them.

Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar / Photo: www.waaleresort.com
We Ale Island Resort / Photo: www.waaleresort.com

There are other beautiful islets in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago that have remained largely unspoiled. They include Lampi, which is part of the Lampi Marine National Park, and nearby We Ale Island.

6 Famous Artists You Can’t Miss at the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018

6 Famous Artists You Can’t Miss at the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018

The final countdown has begun. Every second brings you closer to a world-class contemporary art exhibition featuring 75 celebrated artists from across the globe. The Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 will begin on October 19 and continue until February 3, 2019. Happiness is only real when shared. So, mark your calendar!

Story: Singhanart Nakpongphun /// Photographs: (Wisut Ponnimit) Sitthisak Namkham /// Photo credit: Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /// Photos: courtesy of participating artists

The three-month period will see 20 famous landmarks around the capital transform into thriving art scenes, among them Wat Phra Chetupon, a.k.a. the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho for short), the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, and One Bangkok, a mega development project that’s shaping the future of the city. See also gallery details at the end.

Here are the first six artists that you can’t miss.

  1. MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ

World renowned as a pioneer in performance art, Abramović uses her own body as medium in exploring the physical and mental limits of her being. She is best known for her groundbreaking durational works titled “The Artist is Present” hosted by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The artist gave live performances from March to May 2010, during which she sat in silence at the table throughout the run of the show for a total of 736 hours. All day Abramović would not respond, but museum visitors were willing to wait in line for a chance to sit across from her for as long as they wanted.

The Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 offers the opportunity to experience the works of Abramović at two separate events. First, the exhibition titled “Standing Structures” provides a glimpse into the world of communication through silence. It takes place at the mega development project One Bangkok, located on Rama IV Road. And from October 8 to November 12, 2018 only, a team from the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI) presents the other event called “Method,” which is an exercise about being present in both time and space.

The exhibition “Standing Structures” explores interactive communication in silence.
“Method” is an exercise presented by a team of artists from the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI).

 

  1. YAYOI KUSAMA

89-year-old Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is passionate about polka dots. She has taken a great interest in the design since she was little. The Queen of Polka Dots, as she is affectionately called, also works in sculpture, painting, and installation. Her devotion to lively bright color patterns has influenced generation after generation of contemporary artists. No doubt one of the most famous artists in Japan, Kusama has won critical acclaim worldwide, including the Best Gallery Show awarded by the International Confederation of Art Critics in Belgium and several experimental cinema awards given by the Government of France. Her eye-catching design has attracted the attention of many, including the high fashion brand Louis Vuitton. As may be expected, the products of collaborative design with Kusama sold out fast.

It’s hard not to be romantic about Kusama’s beautiful works of art during the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, among them the famous polka dots pumpkins that will be on view at Central World and Siam Paragon. Equally impressive is a Mini Cooper that has been pimped up Kusama style. The car is on show at One Bangkok.

“Inflatable Pumpkins Balloons” installations transform the perception of a space.
A mosaic of vivacious colors adorns a silver sculpture that’s part of a collection called “I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins”.
Black polka dots on red, part of the “I Carry on Living with the Pumpkins” collection.
  1. CHOI JEONG HWA  

Korean artist-cum-designer Choi Jeong Hwa has authoritative skill in effective us of space with many awards to his name. He is expert at building outdoor installations and turning unthinkable, day-to-day materials into stunning works of art. In 2008, he designed a large-scale installation that completely surrounded the Seoul Olympic Stadium with 1.7 million recycled and found objects. He also created a big plastic tree that pulsated with regular throbbing sensation as if it were breathing. Choi said that he had no definition to offer for his artworks. They were up to the viewers to interpret based on their different life experiences. His inspiration is encapsulated in one short sentence. “Your heart is my art.”

The Fruit Tree, a large-scale sculpture at Starfield Library inside COEX Department Store, Seoul, South Korea.

 

Works by the artist from the Land of the Morning Calm will be on show at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center as well as Nai Lert Park Heritage Home and several department stores in Siam Square, Chidlom, and Rajprasong. Choi is to debut a collection of sculptures made from familiar materials that will put a smile on your face. Bring the smartphone and camera so you have something to share via social media.

“The Joker Crown” from Choi’s Happy Happy Project collection
“Love Me Pig 1” from the “Happy Happy Project
“The Inflatable Black Robot” from the Happy Happy Project
“The Inflatable Pink Flower”
“The Stupa” from the Happy Happy Project
“Happy Happy Project: Plastic Shotguns”
“Alchemy” an installation from the “Happy Happy Project

 

  1. HUANG YONG PING

One of the most famous Chinese avant-garde artists, Huang Yong Ping founded a movement called “Xiamen Dada”, which combined ideas from Dadaism (an art movement in early-20th-century Europe) with the influence of Zen Buddhism in the Eastern Hemisphere. The Chinese-born, French contemporary artist made his world debut at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. Since then, he has participated in many art exhibitions, from the Red Brick Art Museum in China to Ludwig Museum in Germany to Grand Palais in France.

For the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Huang will present “Dragon Boat”, a large sculptural work that tells stories of Chinese migration in times past. Portraying a rowboat of ancient China, the 16-meter artwork stands 4.2 meters tall. It will be on show at the Bank of Thailand Learning Center.

“Dragon Boat” a major attraction at the Bank of Thailand Learning Center
Sculptures with reduced mass details will be on display at Wat Pho.
  1. KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR

A rising star in Thailand’s art scene, Kawita Vatanajyankur uses video art to raise questions about issues concerning women’s rights. The artist puts herself through various situations as a means of demonstrating women’s roles in society. Her works portray a woman as part of machines, household chores, and industrial processes. The result is a collection of artworks in vivacious colors that have become her distinct identity. Kawita has exhibited at several art festivals around the world, among them the “Islands in the Stream”, which was part of the Venice Biennale 2018. The exhibition tour also took her to the Saatchi Gallery in London, and later the same year at the Thailand Eyes event at home.

For the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Kawita’s amazing works of art are on view at Central World, the EmQuartier Mall, the Peninsula Hotel, the Theatre of Indulgence, and the Asiatique Building. She sends a strong message: “It’s not easy being a woman.”

The “Shuttle and Performing Textiles” exhibition portrays a woman as shuttle carrying the weft thread between the warps on a loom.
A spinning wheel for making yarn and textile products.
The “Shuttle and Performing Textiles” exhibition portrays a woman as shuttle carrying the weft thread between the warps on a loom.
A piece portraying women’s roles in textile dying.

 

  1. WISUT PONNIMIT

The cartoonist who designed the cover for the 42nd Anniversary Edition of Baan Lae Suan Magazine (September 2018), Wisut Ponnimit is the creator of a series of animation art featuring adorable fictitious characters Miss Mamuang and her four-legged friend Manao.

For the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Wisut will present ten versions of animation art at Central World, the EmQuartier Mall, and the mega property project One Bangkok. If your love is art and animation, don’t miss out on it.

Miss Mamuang, the lovable character by animation artist Wusit Ponnimit, will debut at the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018.
Miss Mamuang, the lovable character by animation artist Wusit Ponnimit, will debut at the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018.  

This has been about six artists out of a total of 75 who exhibit at the Bangkok Art Biennale happening from October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2019. There are more stories on interesting people and events to come. Follow us at baanlaesuan.com and livingasean.com.

            The art exhibitions are being held at 20 locations across the capital.

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5 Events and Festivals Worth Waiting for

5 Events and Festivals Worth Waiting for

Southeast Asia is renowned for many joyful and exuberant festivities. For the remainder of 2018, it’s worth checking out these highly visible public and social occasions.

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Living ASEAN has put together five favorite hangouts for you to pick, from art and culture to festivals and go-to party destinations. If you’re ready, let the journey begin.

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018

Bangkok, Thailand / October 19, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 is Thailand’s first international art show featuring works by renowned artists from across the globe including Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abramovic, Yoshitomo Nara, Elmgreen & Dragset, Choi Jeong Hwa, Wisut Ponnimit, Kawita Vatanajyankur, and Lee Bul. The four-month festival will see many exhibitions being held at thriving art scenes across the capital from Buddhist temples to historic places along the River Chao Phrya, even the busy commercial district on Sukhumvit Road. Precisely, it’s aimed at making Bangkok a world art destination.  

For more information: http://www.bkkartbiennale.com/

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Bagan Hot Air Balloon Season

Bagan, Myanmar / October 20, 2018 – April 10, 2019

Imagine you could fly. The hot air balloon ride promises to be an inspiring experience in Bagan. It’s an interesting way to see the ancient city as you drift over the vast archeological site in that’s home to more than 2,000 Buddhist shrines in central Myanmar. The balloon season starts October 20 and lasts until next April. Because only 22 balloons are allowed each day, it’s good to make reservations in advance so that you don’t miss out on early morning flights. Take in the view over a cradle of civilization that began in the early eleventh century. The Old Bagan landscape is gorgeous at sunrise.

Photographs: https://myanmarvels.com


 

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Bali, Indonesia / October 24-28

There’s more to the Indonesian archipelago than volcanic mountains, beaches and coral reefs. Nestled in the uplands of Bali, Ubud is a town with a quiet beauty that’s widely known for traditional crafts and performing arts. Every year writers, thinkers, as well as visual and performing artists converge on the town to participate in the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, which is scheduled for October 24-28. The event in now into its 15th year.

 


 

Cambodian Water Festival – Bon Om Touk

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia / November 21-23

The Cambodian Water Festival or Bon Om Touk is celebrated on November 21-23, which coincides with the end of the rainy season based on the lunar calendar. The occasion symbolizes the abundant life that rivers bring. Cities and towns across the country join in the season of festivity, but the biggest celebration takes place in the capital. The water festival culminates in a boat race on the River Tonle Sap that runs through Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The rowing boats are a legacy from old-time naval warfare and represent the passing of knowledge from past to present generations.

Photographs: http://global-children.org


 

Zoukout Beach Festival

Siloso Beach, Singapore / December 1

In a mood for partying? Come December 1 Singapore’s Siloso Beach will play host to the largest dusk-to-dawn beach festival with plenty of water activities. The event is much sought after by electronic music fans looking forward to dancing the night away. The fun event organized by Zouk nightclub is now in its 18th year. This year’s festival features the music band Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, number 2 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list. Partying starts at nightfall and continues until the morning after. So dance till you drop!

 

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