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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok Overview

The centre of Bangkok’s rising art scenario, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) showcases a broad range of the best Thai art, music, design, film and theatre as well as the contemporary art scene from across the globe. The BACC also hosts a plethora of exhibitions of the work of local as well as international artists. Opened in 2008, the BACC is spread over an area of 4000 square metres, housing shops, an exciting art library that is not found in many places, and a handful of cafes along with the large exhibition areas.

The number of tourists at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre increased to 1.7 million in 2017 is proof that human admire creativity. The stunning architecture of every hallway, gallery, store and restaurant at the BACC has created an impeccable cultural dialogue for every art enthusiast. The plan was put on hold due to the political crisis during the commencement of the art project in 1995. However, the BACC has generated a tremendous amount of interest that it is sure to inspire and ignite creativity in art lovers.

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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Exhibits

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Various Exhibitions are Held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
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BACC exhibits are not restricted to a specific type of exhibition; hence, the displays keep on changing. With an international vibe about the place, the descriptions of the art pieces are available in English, whereas bilingual staff members are always there at the tourists’ disposal for ensuring a guaranteed experience.

Within the Gallery
The mammoth-sized exhibition halls might give a small impression of the exhibition; however, once you step inside, you will be awestruck with the innovation and creativity of the gallery. Some of the themed shows held here include contemporary Japanese crafts, Asian photography, Mekong River Art, Young Thai Artists, [email protected], and one on the late king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama IX. Over recent years, the BACC has transformed into a popular place of interest for art enthusiasts, particularly students. While every art piece might not be the best in its field, the galleries do a fair job in throwing light on the contemporary Thailand art culture.

Gallery Architecture

Spiral Passages Inside the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
The Interiors of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Satisfy 4 Major Architectural Principles,
Making it an Architectural Marvel
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The genius behind the architectural marvel of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre was Robert G. Boughey and his associates. The architecture of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre satisfies four primary criteria; creation of an airy space, flexibility of the built structure, inclusiveness of Thai architecture and cultural elements, and controlled natural lighting. The interior and exterior of the building also have a resemblance to the iconic Guggenheim in New York with spiral passages and the curvy entrances. There are a total of 10 floors in the building, with the circular hallways making it convenient to explore the galleries.

Bangkok Art Biennale

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The Bangkok Art Biennale, held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre,
is Thailand's Largest Art Event
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What is known as Thailand’s largest arts event, the Bangkok Art Biennale is mainly held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. This event hosts over 70 artists from over 34 nations showcasing their work across different venues. The theme of the 2019 Bangkok Art Biennale was ‘Beyond Bliss’, aimed at encouraging artists to produce artworks that symbolically represent their relationship with their culture. Some of the widely-acclaimed artists are Marina Abramović, Ralf Tooten, Dow Wasiksiri, Sornchai Phongsa, Sherman Ong, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusuma; and many more.

Tips

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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in Bangkok, Thailand
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  • While visiting the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, it is advised to pick up the Bangalore Art Map. This map would guide you through your little exploration of the various art galleries in the city. The route, which is a partial venture of the BACC, will also allow you to get a monthly letter about the upcoming exhibitions in the city.
  • Make sure you check out the ECO SHOP which is known for its unique eco-friendly products supporting the planet in its own way.
  • Another unique store called Shannta gives its visitors an exciting opportunity to create their own jewellery piece. Now isn’t that fascinating?
  • Hibiki Music Studio is another enchanting corner for music fans. This place has a lot to offer, ranging from voice lessons to training on how to play acoustic instruments.
  • Don’t miss out on trying wasabi ice cream, global warming ice cream and cigarette ice cream at the IceDEA: Idea in Ice cream parlour.

How To Reach Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is located in Siam Square of Bangkok in Thailand
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The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is located in the vicinity of the Siam Square of Bangkok, surrounded by large shopping centres, at the corner of the Pathumwan crossing. You can reach the BACC either by a taxi or board the Skytrain that takes you to the north side of the city, taking the Silom Line to the National Stadium Station, or the Sukhumvit Line to the Siam Station.

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