Thailand

US hands over two stolen ancient lintels to Thailand after retrieving them from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Dating from the ninth and tenth centuries, the objects are thought to have been looted from sacred sites in the late 1960s

Lintels at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to return to Thailand

Museum director says Justice Department’s legal case only served “to cloud the respectful and serious process of deaccession and repatriation”

US presses for return of two Thai lintels from Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to Thailand

Federal attorneys file a civil complaint, but museum says repatriation was already in the works

Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah among artists condemning Thai state violence against democracy protestors

Almost half of the artists participating in the Bangkok Art Biennale opening this week have expressed "support for the struggle for democracy"

Protestanalysis

Student flash mobs in Thailand target ‘art scene run by elite old men’

Recent demonstrations break a long-held taboo–criticism of the Thai monarchy, an institution which protesters believe is the main obstruction to democracy

How to organise a biennial in the Covid era

Bangkok Art Biennale director on grappling with coronavirus constraints and displaying "sensitive" works

Booksreview

Southeast Asian illuminated manuscripts

Book looks at Thai and Burmese historic texts from the British Library

Bangkok’s first biennial is a blissed-out affair

Artists from 33 countries explore theme of happiness at event with works shown in galleries, temples, shopping malls and hotels

Cambodiaarchive

Demilitarised zone established to protect shelled temple on border between Cambodia and Thailand

Thai army cedes ground but future of Cambodian World Heritage site remains unresolved

Cambodiaarchive

Thailand and Cambodia spar over temple that lies on the border

Thailand closes its border, depriving Cambodian vendors of customers which has led to starvation, while gun fighting has occurred, and tension remains high

Cambodiaarchive

Cambodian king urges Prime Minister to put an end to destroying ancient temples for black market trade

Corrupt military officials in cahoots with Thai art dealers are hacking away at the temples

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