Experts discuss ways to touch up Vietnam art market

Dr. Ildegarda E. Scheidegger, a respected Swiss fine arts expert. Photo:What Vietnamese insiders have to say … [Read more...]

Prosperity paintings

For hundreds of years, Vietnamese have bought special Tet paintings during the Lunar New Year season. Dong Ho paintings like Ga dan ( Flock of chickens ) (L) and Lon dan ( Herd of pigs ) are two of the most sought after Tet paintings during the Lunar New Year holiday season Vietnamese, both in the countryside and the cities, spend long days shopping for new goods to ring in the New Year during the Tet season, and they never fail to bring home a few festive paintings made especially … [Read more...]

Art collectors, past and present

The global economic crisis has depressed the Vietnamese painting market. Fewer collectors, especially knowledgable collectors, are buying these days. The late connoisseur Duc Minh (also called Bui Dinh Than) is still well-remembered. As a rich businessman, Duc Minh enriched Vietnam’s art world by nurturing talented artists at a time that painters lacked basic facilities to work. … [Read more...]

Glimmers of hope for Vietnamese to collect artworks

After many years of being almost exclusively oriented to foreign clients, some galleries are finding appropriate ways to return to the potential of the local market. The original methods they thought of in the beginning included organizing a sales network, and having art showcased at artist’s private homes or in the courtyards of some friendly embassies, or at newly opened hotels. They also tried to understand and study the psychology of Vietnamese clients in fine arts and sculpture. A … [Read more...]

The importance of the local art market

Vietnam's Doi Moi (renovation) painting period in the 90s marked great success in both arts and business. But during that time, no one from the art world thought that there could be a real art market in the country as there were few clients. There are thousands of visual artists, including painters and sculptors, in Vietnam. There's an art museum system, galleries, art collectors, art lovers, and art education. We have all the fundamental conditions but we were not able to connect these … [Read more...]

Rare paintings threatened by family problems

VietNamNet Bridge - Family poverty has placed a priceless collection of paintings by Ton That Dao, a former member of the Hue royal family, in jeopardy. There is also argument in the family over who controls the paintings, the members of the family in Viet Nam or two of his children (daughter- artist Dao's second child and son- artist Dao's third child) now living in the United States. … [Read more...]

Local galleries sound out chances abroad

VietNamNet Bridge – More local art galleries are these days cannoning their attention to international markets, especially via international art fairs, expecting to boost sales to foreign art collectors at a time when the appetite at home is no longer strong. Visitors inspect paintings at Craig Thomas Gallery In fact, local galleries have for many years introduced local artworks abroad but the practice is ever more boisterous these days. Annually, there are dozens of … [Read more...]

Local galleries sound out chances abroad

VietNamNet Bridge - More local art galleries are these days cannoning their attention to international markets, especially via international art fairs, expecting to boost sales to foreign art collectors at a time when the appetite at home is no longer strong.Visitors inspect paintings at Craig Thomas Gallery In fact, local galleries have for many years introduced local artworks abroad but the practice is ever more boisterous these days. Annually, there are dozens of international art fairs like … [Read more...]

Character building calligraphy proves a hit

Once the preserve of ancient scholars and elites, calligraphy has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years as anxious students seek hangings in ancient Han-Nôm characters which are thought to bring good luck. At last spring is upon us, and for many Vietnamese people, now is the time to conjure fresh wishes, hopes and beliefs. Joining throngs of festival-goers, 18-year-old Lê Thanh Thúy makes her way through spring drizzles on a Lunar New Year's day to the Street of Calligraphy in Hà Nội in the … [Read more...]

Tran Tuyet Mai

Artists Tran Tuyet Mai Tran Tuyet-Mai must be one of the most self-effacing artists in Hanoi. While many cannot stop boasting about their work, she doesn't even show her work that often. She lives quietly in a small flat on the grounds of the School of Fine Arts, where she is a professor. It is there that she is passing on to a younger generation the craft, and love, of Vietnamese traditional woodcut. The Vietnamese woodblock craft is not as developed as Japanese or Western printmaking. But … [Read more...]