The importance of the local art market

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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...]

Local art smashes auction record

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Six figures: The Quiet Moment (left), which Le Pho painted in 1938, was sold for US$378,300 at the Christie's Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art auction on November 22 while Nguyen Phan Chanh's The Betel Nut Seller from 1931 was sold for more than $409,000. As many as 87 paintings were up for sale including three by Pho and Chanh. by Bang Van HCM CITY (VNS) - Days after noted Vietnamese artist Le Pho's View from the Hilltop set a new auction record, art collector Nguyen Minh still has a … [Read more...]

Vietnam lags in digitalizing artistic work

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A page on Google Art Project introduces Vietnamese paintings via Singapore's National Heritage Board as Vietnam has not digitized its art works. Photo: Minh Ngoc … [Read more...]

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

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By Nguyen Xuan Tiep Vietnamese plastic arts enjoy a time-honored tradition. Their most prominent achievements are the famous wooden statues and engravings in communal houses, pagodas, royal tombs, shrines and temples of Northern Vietnam dating back over millennia. There were also the diverse, multi-faceted arts including the well-known, brightly colored Lang Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings (Ha Bac, Hanoi); the Champa architecture which spread from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh Province and whose … [Read more...]

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