Art collectors, past and present

A painting by Vu Cao Dam, a big name in Vietnam’s painting circle, in a foreign collection.

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...]

Vietnam art lags behind other Asian countries at int’l auctions

Though Vietnamese galleries and artists have stepped up efforts to penetrate international art markets in recent years, the country's art still fetches considerably lower prices when compared to other Southeast Asian works. In recent years, more Vietnamese galleries have joined famed art markets held in other Asian countries, for both higher revenues and opportunities to promote the country's art to the world. Such markets as the Singapore Art Fair, Art Expo Malaysia, Art Basel Hong Kong, and … [Read more...]

Book: Bui Huu Hung – A Novel Tradition

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Category: Artists, Individual Unit Price: US$50.00 Description: Bui Huu Hung is an artist of HaNoi whose work is in the traditional media of lacquer painting. His works are like the new HaNoi both steeped in tradition but painted in a thoroughly modern context. "Bui Huu Hung undoubtedly possesses all these qualities, subtle intuition, continuous experimentation, devotion to art and a profundity of artistic thought. All these qualities have brought success to his creative work and made … [Read more...]

Day of future past

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I am among those who, after long contact with so many Vietnamese artists, are of the opinion that lacquer whose enormous capacity for artistic ceration has been proven by certain artists in their diverse work and research-will in the near future become the artistic medium par excellence for representing this country since it acts as an exterior cultural sign of Vietnam’s vitality and uniqueness. The proper and original method with which Vietnamese contemporary artists utillise lacquer exists … [Read more...]

From the Temple of Tradition

Tucked away in a corner of the shores of West Lake in Hanoi, hidden under trees dwarfed by the new twenty-story hotels, and hardly visible from the road stands a house on stilts, a traditional, wooden, temple-like structure. This is the home of one Hanoi’s most innovative and cutting-edge contemporary artists. You might not know it, though, by the look of the place. Cobwebs hang from beams, and straw mats are scattered on the floor. Yesterday’s tea sits in cold cups on a wet tray. Only the … [Read more...]

Book: Recollection

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Unit Price: US $25.00 Now 53 years old, Bui Huu Hung is one of the most renowned , respected and important contemporary artists in Vietnam. He is also one of the most original – the undisputed maser of the challengingly complex and mysterious art of lacquer painting. He has taken an ancient Vietnamese craft and technique and breathed new life into it, producing works of astonishing refinement, understated elegance and timeless beauty. … [Read more...]

Book: A novel tradition

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  Unit Price: US $25.00 Published in1999 Bui Huu Hung published by Apricot Gallery Ha noi Viet Nam and Plum Blossoms Hong Kong Foreword by Ngo Tan Trong Nghia     Many years ago, while visiting a friend of mine, I was truck with surprise when I saw in his living-room a large lacquer painting several teenage girls in their traditional dress. What a beautiful painting! It looked very ancient, with subjects apparently from folk stories, in the dim, diffused light of pagodas … [Read more...]

Bui Huu Hung

Bui Huu Hung was born in Hanoi in 1957. He graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University in 1975 and began his study of traditional lacquer techniques after graduation. In 1986, he established the Nha San Studio in Hanoi. The studio, located in a traditional wooden house on stilts, is home to a number of young lacquer artists who share the work space while developing their own styles. Hung's works are varied but center around a common theme of recollection. He believes that new events, … [Read more...]

Bui Huu Hung – Tradition meets modern sensibility in Vietnamese fine art

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Whenever somebody mentions contemporary Vietnamese art, there are a few names that spring to the mind right away. Of these, among the very first ones that come to mind, is Bui Huu Hung. Undoubtedly, Bui Huu Hung is one of the most popular artists to have emerged from the Vietnamese art scene in recent times. Born in 1957, Bui Huu Hung hails from Hanoi, Vietnam. Bui Huu Hung works in the traditional medium of lacquer. It is the same medium that has produced some of the finest specimens of … [Read more...]

A novel tradition

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, French artists and professors came to Vietnam and established their E’cole des Beaux-Arts de I’Indochine. They introduced views, techniques and media from the distant West. Concurrent with developments in traditional Vietnamese fine art, great names emerged from this modern school. Yet things were not so clear-cut. A few modern artist turned to a widely used local material: lacquer. Commonly used to make objects for everyday life as well as for … [Read more...]