First ever Bangkok Art Biennale welcomes world’s leading artists to the Thai capital

Thailand, much loved by art collectors, connoisseurs and aesthetes, will for the first time ever host an ambitious festival of art and culture with the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, running from 19 October until 3 February 2019. Exemplifying a commitment and passion for the arts and located at the epicentre of the festival, luxury boutique hotel, The Siam Bangkok is the ideal base from which to explore.

A city known for its rich traditions and creativity, Bangkok will serve as a grandiose venue for the Biennale, which will showcase works by 75 artists from 33 countries displayed in key locations in the city. Focal points along the banks of Bangkok’s principal river, the Chao Phraya and within the city’s ancient temples are all a short ride by boat or tuk tuk from The Siam Bangkok, which boasts a prime spot along the riverfront. The hotel is in itself a living gallery, replete with exquisite artworks, curios and antiques, and its location offers visitors to the biennale the chance to defy the traffic jams and hop on and off the hotel’s complimentary river shuttle to view the exhibitions.

The chief director of The Bangkok Art Biennale, Apinan Poshyananda, is one of Asia’s most renowned curators and art writers, who has brought together the collection under the main theme of ‘Beyond Bliss’. Exploring the city’s complex past, present and future, it provides artists opportunities to share their interpretations of seemingly unattainable happiness and capture individual perspectives of the term ‘bliss’. Exhibitions will comment on Bangkok’s socio-political problems and destruction of the environment, to embracing bliss’ in sacred peaceful places.

Exhibitions will support local, relevant artists, displaying their work and creative projects across various well-known sites in the city.

Conceived and curated by creative director and celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp, together with globally acclaimed architect and interior designer Bill Bensley, The Siam Bangkok tells an alluring tale of old world Siamese opulence intertwining Art Deco style with traditional Thai heritage. Built to house Krissada Sukosol Clapp’s substantial collection of antiques, bona fide artefacts include Neolithic Thai pottery and relics such as vintage sport trophies and one of Thailand’s first every guide books; to Japanese military uniforms and helmets from the early 1900s. The hotel’s Vinyl Room is a tribute to celebrated Vietnam War photographer Hugh Van Es and features his extension collection of jazz vinyls for guests to enjoy, whilst the 1930s Parisian bar cart is just one example of the quirky curios collected during Krissada’s travels.

Elegant Resorts (elegantresorts.co.uk; 01244 897 505) offers a seven night stay for the price of five at The Siam Bangkok from £1,840 per person – saving £1,090 per couple. Price is based on two adults sharing a Siam Suite on a B&B basis, including economy flights, private transfers and UK Airport lounge passes.

Book by 20 December 2018. Valid until 3 February 2019.