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Returning to the city and its temples in October, the event will feature artists including Adel Abdessemed, Choi Jeong Hwa, and Guerreiro do Divino Amor.

Bangkok Art Biennale Announces Additional Artists

Guerreiro do Divino Amor, Roma Talismano (still) (2023). Courtesy the artist.

The Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation has announced new details of the fourth Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB), which will take place from 24 October 2024 to 25 February 2025.

The event will present works by 45 artists across nine venues.

Featured works will include three-metre tall sculptures of pigeons rigged with dynamite by Adel Abdessemed, a five-metre-wide crushed banyan tree floor installation reminiscent of sand mandalas by Yanawit Kunchaethong, and an eight-metre 'dandelion' by Choi Jeong Hwa made of bowls and pots.

Adel Abdessemed, DIE TAUBENPOST (2021). Military green painted aluminium. 254 x 590 x 290 cm (approx). © Adel Abdessemed, Paris ADAGP.

Adel Abdessemed, DIE TAUBENPOST (2021). Military green painted aluminium. 254 x 590 x 290 cm (approx). © Adel Abdessemed, Paris ADAGP.

The full list of participating artists can be viewed on the Biennale's website.

Artworks will be exhibited at sites including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the Temple of Dawn, Museum Siam, a warehouse in the city centre, and the One Bangkok retail district.

Jean-Hubert Martin, honorary director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, and Chinese artist and curator Qiu Zhijie have also joined the event as advisors. Existing advisors include artist Marina Abramović, Mori Art Museum director Mami Kataoka, and National Gallery Singapore director Eugene Tan, and others.

Yanawit Kunchaethong, วงปีต้นไทร (Banyan tree ring) (2022). Crushed banyan. Diameter 500 cm.

Yanawit Kunchaethong, วงปีต้นไทร (Banyan tree ring) (2022). Crushed banyan. Diameter 500 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Led by artistic director Apinan Poshyananda, the Biennale's curatorial team includes Pojai Akratanakul, Brian Curtin, Paramaporn Sirikulchayanont, and Akiko Miki, international artistic director of Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

This edition's theme is Nurture Gaia, which takes inspiration from cross-cultural belief in a Mother Earth spirit and the Gaia Hypothesis, which views the Earth as a living organism.

'The artists in this edition of Bangkok Art Biennale offer a gentle engagement with the earth, nature itself, and the populations that occupy it,' Curtin said in a statement. He said the event will also include 'visceral wake-up calls to the increasing intensity of the world's problems.' —[O]

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