Book Launch “Art and Talent”

Book launch and expert talk: Thu 23 Oct 2014, 7 pm

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học

Ba Đình, Hà Nội

Art and Talent, a foreground on the 8X contemporary artists generation of Vietnam, is the second publication in Mrs Dao Mai Trang’s book project on the visual art life in Vietnam. Her first publication was published in 2010, 12 contemporary artists of Vietnam, in Vietnamese and English, under the license of The Gioi Publishing House and with the financial support of the Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF), the Dannish Embassy in Hanoi.

The manuscript of Art and Talent was developed from her research essay commissioned by Culture and Arts Magazine, from 2010 to 2012. Then, she corrected and completed as a book manuscript with about 150 images of art works by young artists in all over Vietnam, seeking for financial support for English translation, continuing her independent publication project.

Her project is continously granted by CDEF and particularly by the Goethe Institute Hanoi for her Vietnamese printed version. The English version of the book in this project was specially revised by Mr John Kleinen, Ph.D, Associate Professor Emritus, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), the Netherlands and Mrs Raquelle Azran, an American writer, who has been keeping connection with Vietnamese art life for more than 20 years. In particular, the project was supported by many galleries, art studios, art spaces and young artists for their images of art works.

From 7pm, October, 23rd, 2014 (Thursday), the Goethe Institute Hanoi and Ms Dao Mai Trang will co-host the book launch at the Institute grand hall. The program with participations of many young artists and art critics, researchers and art lovers will be an open discussion about the real situation of ?and hopes for the development of Vietnamese visual art.

The book contents in brief:

It includes two chapters and the section of introduction of nine artists

Chapter 1: The social context: speaks of external advantages and disadvantages which have been influencing on the artistic creativity of artists born in the early 1980s (1980 – 1985) as the 8X generation, such as fast changes in the social life, the impacts of the market economy to the art creativity, the environment of art education, the upset of social and cultural values, etc. The author tries to analyze and to evaluate impact of every social aspect to art creativity of young artists.

Chapter 2: Major problems to the 8X artists generation: Finance and Talent and according to the author, talent must be seen as the essence. The author gives out suggestions for realizing more clearly the artistic stuff of the 8X artists generation. The book is open to any conclusion and the author does hope that each reader will take his own conclusion answering to the question: why Vietnamese cultural life in general, its art life in particular, has been facing to the risk of lagging behind other countries in the region and in the world.

Nine artists in the author’s interest: Nguyen Huy An, Bang Nhat Linh, Thai Nhat Minh, Nguyen Phuong Linh, Thai Nhat Minh, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Ha Manh Thang, Pham Huy Thong, Vu Duc Toan, Vu Duc Trung. The author is interested in their art journeys because she has found that they are distinguished and different to others in their same generation.

Details of the publication:

The English version is published only under the eBook platform, licensed by Literature Publishing House with about 150 images of art works and art spaces in all over the country. It will be distributed on Hanoi Grapevine.

The Vietnamese version is printed (500 copies, at size 22.3×17.3cm, hard covered, 248 pages, colored on couche matt paper with about 150 images of art works and art spaces, price: 350,000.00 VND, licensed by Women Publishing House). The eBook Vietnamese version is also distributed on Hanoi Grapevine.

Dao Mai Trang has been working as the editor for the fine arts column, Culture and Arts Magazine (the voice of the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Vietnam) since 2000. She has been writing many articles and interviewing Vietnamese and foreign artists for Culture and Arts Magazine (; Sports and Culture News (; Soi (; Nhandan News (

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