Organised by the Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation, the international contemporary art festival, now in its second edition, will take place from 29 October, 2020 through 31 January 2021 in Thailand’s capital Bangkok and will display over 200 artworks by 82 artists from 35 countries as well as Thailand.

The line-up of participating artists includes Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Yoko Ono, Elina Brotherus, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.

 Altogether, there will be over 200 works of art themed around the challenging concept “Escape Routes”, making Bangkok a truly world-class city of arts and culture.

 “The theme ‘Escape Routes’ allows artists to explore many topics including migration, unemployment, racism, discrimination, terrorism, pollution and climate change. It also suits a new reality like the Covid-19 era in which we are living,” said Prof Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Biennale.

 He added that BAB 2020 would bring splendor and greatness to the Thai art scene with works by the world’s most renowned artists displayed at locations that include both Thailand’s cultural heritage sites or those that are at the heart of the country’s tourism.

 The international art event will take place at nine important locations in the centre of Bangkok, namely The Parq, BAB BOX, The Prelude One Bangkok project, Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangklararam Ratchaworamahawihan, Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan, Wat Prayurawongsawas Worawihan, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Lhong 1919 and Museum of Siam.

 “Hopefully, by the time the festival gets underway, the coronavirus situation will have improved. We’ll hold the event with all the measures demanded by the new normal including checking the temperature of visitors and observing social distancing,” said Prof Apinan.

Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation was co-founded in 2017 by CEO and President of ThaiBev, Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi and Prof Dr  Apinan Poshyananda, the former permanent secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Culture.

Another special addition this year is the opening of BAB Café” on the 3rd floor of The Parq, which was created in collaboration with the mixed-use development in the adjoining Art Gallery and offers a cozy and relaxing vibe. Here the visitor will be treated to rotating exhibitions and activities by BAB along with over 25 artworks by 16 artists exhibited on the 15th floor of The Parq.

The “DEK BAB” program returns for this second edition. An important initiative set up to develop more personnel for the arts, it doesn’t require prior experience or education but brings together a group of trainees, from university students to the general public, who will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about contemporary art in a world-class setting that cannot be found in any textbook.

Dek BAB apprentices act like ambassadors who connect the artists with the audiences, their ideas, feelings, and aspirations with the artists’, as well as connect the artworks within the context of Bangkok.

Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), said the Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 is a contemporary art festival that will mark Bangkok as an art and cultural hub.

Collaborations between different sectors that have made this event possible are admirable, especially the commitment from the private sector which sees the importance of supporting cultural tourism, and is working closely with the organiser to make the biennale a success.