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Bangkok Art Biennale vows to defy pandemic

Show to open in October despite worldwide cancellations of artistic events

BAB 2020 will take place at nine indoor and outdoor venues, including the city’s Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. (Courtesy of Bangkok Art & Culture Centre)

BANGKOK -- Hope is a rare commodity in the art world right now, with entire gallery and artist ecosystems under threat and key fairs and festivals, from Art Basel Miami Beach to the Venice Biennale, postponed until 2021, or later, on health, financial and logistics grounds.

Against this glum backdrop, the Bangkok Art Biennale -- opening at three venues on Oct. 12 and six more on Oct. 29 -- is pulling out all stops, promising "a line-up of 82 world-renowned artists from 35 countries in five continents, who will elevate and energize the Thai art scene with over 200 artworks."

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