Thailand channels its democratic spirit to boost Bangkok’s art scene, in spite of military rule

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all countries need an art biennial. Thailand now has four. It is not clear why, when the country had none before, various groups chose this year to launch their biennial. Some put it down to serendipity; others say that Thailand is keen to show the world that it is back in business after the 2014 military coup; that there is a “now or never” feeling in the air during the lull ahead of next year’s general election; or that marketing…

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