Contemporary Artists – Efforts to Build and Affirm a Novel Spirit for the New Artistic Tradition

Vu Thang Father and Son, Lacquer 100cm x 100cm

Vu Thang Father and Son, Lacquer 100cm x 100cm

Interactions between the Vietnamese fine arts community and those of the Southeast Asian and Asian-Pacific Region as well as the efforts of young painters to express new concepts has contributed immediately and directly to artistic and cultural exchanges around the world. Conversely, this also helped Vietnamese artists to improve more rapidly since they possessed the determination, ability and eagerness to cooperate and integrate. In terms of the origins of cultures, other Asian countries have many things in common with Vietnam in addition to concepts and lifestyles, such as religion, life outlook and arts. The success of Vietnamese art exhibitions in Asia is encouraging and their value has been worthily asserted over the last decade. It is widely acknowledged that many countries around the world are currently facing a cultural crisis, and yet culture is the very basis and aim of life for all human societies. Presently in Vietnam, the cultural environment is open and favorable. Vietnamese people are attempting to reach the peaks of contemporary culture. Although this has not yet been achieved to a large scale, it is nevertheless the goal of Vietnamese fine arts and an open-ended road.

Nguyen Trung Grey Composition, Mixed 100cm x 100cm

Nguyen Trung Grey Composition, Mixed 100cm x 100cm

During the explosion in artistic styles and movements over the last few decades, Vietnamese Fine Arts has successfully trained and given birth to a new generation of vanguard artists, zealous for improvement. These are talented and devoted people. Compared with the situation before 1986 when Vietnamese arts mainly focused on realism, in the 1990s there was a complete and comprehensive rally by various artistic trends and concepts. Important artists included Nguyen Trung, Do Hoang Tuong, Tran Van Thao, Do Minh Tam and Luong Xuan Doan (abstractionists); Dinh Quan, Do Son, Dang Xuan Hoa, Ha Tri Hien, Nguyen Xuan Tiep, Vu Thang, Dao Chau Hai, Dinh Y Nhi, Le Quang Ha, Dao Minh Tri and Do Phan (expressionists); Nguyen Tan Cuong, Nguyen Quan and Le Anh Van (expressionists-abstractionists); Do Quang Em, Le Vuong and Le Huy Tiep (ultrarealists); Truong Tan and Nguyen Van Cuang (pop art), Nguyen Quoe Hoi and Hong Viet Dung (romantic artists); Nguyen Bao Toan, Nguyen Minh Phuong, Pham Ha Hai, Vu Dan Tan, Dao Anh Khanh, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Truong Tan, Dang Thi Khue and Nguyen Van Cuong (installation art).

Nguyen Sy Bach Lotus flower, Watercolour 51cm x 71cm

Nguyen Sy Bach Lotus flower, Watercolour 51cm x 71cm

Endowed with a rich legacy of traditional plastic arts, contemporary Vietnamese artists with a dynamism of new thinking had created their own, extremely varied messages and languages at major professional art exhibitions. Over the last seven or eight recent years these have included the Asia-pacific Triennials I, II and III I in Brisbane, Australia; the 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th International Art Exhibitions of the Union of Asian Artists (in Singapore, the Philippines, Macao and Japan; the 4th Asian Art Exhibition at Fukuoka Museum, Japan; the Artists Camp and Artists Exhibition of Asian Countries in Singapore; International Exhibition of the Union of International Artists; Tsaimo Taiwan; and the auction sale of paintings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s (Singapore). Through their participation and presence at the above exhibitions, Vietnamese painters could exchange professional experiences with their colleagues in the region and enhance their self-confidence in artistic creativity. In short, the generation of contemporary artist are endeavoring to build and affirm a novel spirit for the new artistic tradition of Vietnam. Nguyen Xuan Tiep Scientific Council Secretary VietNam Fine Arts Museum HaNoi, VietNam English editor: Mark Caltonhill

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