Bangkok Art Biennale 2020

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Bangkok Art Biennale 2020
escape routes
Bangkok’s awaited bi-annual art festival returns October 2020

Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB) is a biannual art festival set in the capital of Thailand.

BAB spans across a period of 4 months in which the bustling city of Bangkok is transformed into a live hub that celebrates art, creativity, and culture.

‍Visitors are able to immerse themselves in an array of artworks and performances from a diverse range of artists, both local and international, throughout the heart of Bangkok, in galleries, public spaces, and iconic landmarks

In addition, they are accompanied by conferences, workshops, guided visits, and publications to ensure a memorable and holistic experience.

This year marks the second installment of BAB which commences from 10 October 2020 through to 21 February 2021. We hope to see you at BAB!

Our Mission
  • Creating memorable art and creative experience across Bangkok.

  • Establish Bangkok as a leading contemporary art destination by Elevating and solidifying the infrastructure of the art industry in Thailand as well as promoting Thai talent.

  • Building and enhancing the understanding and working relations with art via the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Thai government, and the corporate sector.

Artistic Director


ศาสตราจารย์ ดร. อภินันท์ โปษยานนท์
CEO & Artistic Director of Bangkok Art Biennale 2020

Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda received his bachelor and master degree in Fine Arts from Edinburgh University and Ph.D. in History of Art from Cornell University. Poshyananda served as Director-General, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Director-General of Cultural Promotion Department and, the Permanent Secretary and Acting Minister, Ministry of Culture (Thailand) when he was to commission and curate the first Thai Pavilion at 50th Venice Biennale. He has curated and directed international art exhibitions including Contemporary Art from Asia: Traditions/Tensions (1996, Grey Art Gallery, Queen  Museum of Art, and Asia Society Galleries, New York);   Traces of Siamese Smile: Art + Faith + Politic + Love (2008, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre), Thailand Eye (2015, Saatchi Gallery, London and BACC). He is a committee member of the Asian Cultural Council, New York; Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York; Board of National Gallery, Singapore; Board of Foundation of BACC; and Advisor to President and CEO, Thai Beverage Plc.

Escape Routes

In the grave new world that we live in, cracks are appearing everywhere. Trade wars, cyberattacks, waves of migration, unresolved territorial disputes, racism, genocide and terrorism are incredibly disruptive. All is not well in Europe and America and not much optimism in the Middle East, South America, Asia and Africa for that matter. With China’s Road and Belt expansion and US go-it-alone approach of “Let’s make America great again,” the world awaits inevitable collision. Graham Allison’s book Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? unravels doom and gloom in the near future.

Our dream of utopia is running on empty. The fantasy paradise in the Land of Plenty where wine, milk and honey flowed as people partied, sunbathed and slept around, an escape from earthly suffering, has turned bitter and sour. Yet, technology has developed miraculously to the point that miracles seem normal. We obtain super abilities to transform our own bodies beyond recognition through plastic surgery and augmented reality. We move and communicate across distances with high speed; escape old age and extend life expectancy through nanotechnology and stem cells. The quest for immortality, eternal happiness and superhuman powers often make us forget how miniscule we are on this planet.

Trapped together in our own mess, we blame one another and search for a way out. Inescapably entwined we are entangled with others even when we cannot track or directly perceive this entanglement. Culture of fear has driven us to be afraid of our enemies who were once our friends, relatives and neighbors. However, we face a much more serious danger and threat due to drastic climate change and earth warming that is moving closer to the brink of a broad disaster.

For Bangkok Art Biennale 2020 to be held in Bangkok, one of the world’s leading creative cities, the theme is “Escape Routes.” Based on our current predicament it is an attempt to understand and search for ways out of this cataclysm. Driven by propaganda and paranoia we are constantly bombarded by pessimistic and depressing news. In one way or another we attempt to find a solution but the labyrinthian paths are full of obstacles.

In search for survival we confront our possible futures through the eyes and vision of artists and creative thinkers whose art and action will offer us hope and desire for a better humankind and caring for the earth. The artists will be invited to find escape routes by reflecting on issues such as environmental detriment, pollution, social malaise, gender, diaspora, inclusivity and political differences. Moreover, they will offer art practice as mind escapism where meditation, contemplation, ritualism, healing and performance become the essence of hope and optimism.

Open Call

A chance to become an artist of an international contemporary art fair, Bangkok Art Biennale 2020.

โอกาศที่จะเป็นหนึ่งในศิลปินของเทศกาลศิลปะร่วมสมัย นานาชาติ บางกอก อาร์ต เบียนนาเล่ 2020 มาถึงแล้ว