A Guide to Contemporary Arts in Ho Chi Minh City

A corner in the permanent collection of HCM City Fine Arts Museum

( Cinet )- Ho Chi Minh City has rapidly become one of the most active emerging art hubs in Southeast Asia. Although the number of contemporary art spaces is still modest, they are getting more and more attention from a greater audience. Home to several international and local recognized artists, the city has so much to offer to contemporary art lovers. Museums, private collection and galleries Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum - The museum’s exhibition rooms have a range of art that … [Read more...]

Exhibition “One Country” – Craig Thomas Gallery

Artwork by Khoa Le

From the organizer: Come to “One Country”, a group exhibition featuring works from fifteen Vietnamese young and mid-career visual artists. Vietnam’s three most prominent fine arts academies are located in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City respectively. Aspiring artists tend to gravitate to the institution that is nearest to their hometown and to continue there career in one of the three cities after their graduation. The result is a trifurcated Vietnamese national art scene … [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...]

Event: Exhibition “This Cat Dreams in Color” in Ho Chi Minh City

You are invited to exhibition "This Cat Dreams in Color", a solo exhibition of new works by Saigon-based artist Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong. Opening: Fri 23 Jan 2015, 6 pm Exhibition: 23 Jan - 22 Feb 2015 Craig Thomas Gallery 27i Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh ward, Q.1, HCMC Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6pm; Sundays 1 to 5 pm; and by appointment Mèo Mơ Màu Mè translates into English roughly as "This Cat Dreams in Color." The proverbial cat in this case is Duong himself who was born … [Read more...]

Exhibition “This Cat Dreams in Color”

You are invited to exhibition "This Cat Dreams in Color", a solo exhibition of new works by Saigon-based artist Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong. Opening: Fri 23 Jan 2015, 6 pm Exhibition: 23 Jan - 22 Feb 2015 Craig Thomas Gallery 27i Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh ward, Q.1, HCMC Mèo Mơ Màu Mè translates into English roughly as "This Cat Dreams in Color." The proverbial cat in this case is Duong himself who was born in the year of the cat (1975). Duong says his paintings are like his dreams brought to … [Read more...]

Exhibition “Phuong Quoc Tri 2014″

You are invited to exhibition "Phuong Quoc Tri 2014″, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Phuong Quoc Tri. Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm Exhibition: 04 Dec 2014 - 03 Jan 2015 Craig Thomas Gallery 27i Tran Nhat Duat, Tan Dinh ward, Q.1, HCMC Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6pm; Sundays 1 to 5 pm; and by appointment With his latest collection, Tri returns to a more expressionist style of work reminiscent of the paintings by which we first came … [Read more...]

The Hong Kong Connection

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VietNamNet Bridge - Even though Vietnam has developed a market for contemporary art, domestic galleries continue to invest in expensive Hong Kong exhibition space to show Vietnamese artworks. Cristina Nualart asks why this is happening and if it's a good thing. The people at the centre of this weren't alive when it all started. … [Read more...]

Hoi An paintings on silk at Sofitel Saigon Plaza

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A solo exhibition Phu Phiem ( Frivolity ) featuring paintings on silk by Bui Tien Tuan has opened at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza . … [Read more...]

Where to admire Vietnamese contemporary arts in Saigon

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VietNamNet Bridge - Despite a lack of an actual paintings market, international arts expos, auctions and fine arts festivals like in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, HCMC has in recent years emerged as one of the most active art scenes in the region. However, to explore the authentic contemporary arts in Vietnam when visiting the city, tourists need to know exactly where they should go and should not be distracted by commercial souvenir and decorative painting galleries. Many … [Read more...]

Ngo Van Sac searches for himself ‘In the Midst of Life’

‘In the Midst of Life’, a solo exhibition of wood burn paintings by Hanoi-based artist Ngo Van Sac, will be held at Craig Thomas Gallery downtown from October 25 to November 25. It will feature the artist’s passion in blocks of fresh, untreated wood that grip his images with rawness and the curved veins in the wood’s surface take the eyes gently up and down the portraits, sneaking into the intricacies of the pictures. Sac’s production process must involve a lot of planning, but the … [Read more...]