SE Asian art asks viewers to engage

At an exhibition of Southeast Asian artists in Ha Noi, visitors are invited to be part of the performance. Singaporean artist Amanda Heng's Let's Chat asks the audience to sit down for a chat with the artist, in effect becoming a performer in the artwork.

At an exhibition of Southeast Asian artists in Ha Noi, visitors are invited to be part of the performance. Singaporean artist Amanda Heng's Let's Chat asks the audience to sit down for a chat with the artist, in effect becoming a performer in the artwork. The exhibition – Concept, Context, Contestation - organised by three curators from Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, includes work from across the SE Asian region over the last 40 years. The diverse showing includes performance art, … [Read more...]

Work by regional artists to go on exhibition in Ha Noi

HA NOI (VNS) — An exhibition showing the work of 14 Southeast Asian artists will open on June 17 at the Goethe Institute . The exhibition will showcase works by the artists including performances, interactive installations, painting and photography. The works are a small selection of an exhibition initiated by Iola Lenz from Singapore , Agung Hujatnikajennong from Indonesia and Vipash Purichanont from Thailand . It was shown at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre last … [Read more...]

Artist creates ‘geometric game’ with colorful prints

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An exhibition of large, colourful graphic art prints by Benjamin Badock, considered one of the most important young artists in Germany, will run until November 2 at the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc. The collection, That's New - What's Next, comprises 30 paintings by Badock. He made them by using ready-made printing elements, similar to a child's construction kit, and developing one new image after another from basic geometric shapes. … [Read more...]

German artist brings woodcuts to Hanoi

Woodcuts in Digital Age, which features 50 woodblock prints, series and large format pieces, by Christiane Baumgartner, as well as artists’ books and a video will open at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from September 8 to 30. German Baumgartner will be a guest artist in Hanoi for three months from September 1. She is the first artist to be awarded the newly-created annual residency grant, presented by the Cultural Foundation of Saxony and organized jointly with the Goethe Institute in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Hanoi puts best face forward

An art exhibition entitled Nha Mat Pho (Houses Facing the Street) by Nguyen The Son, focusing on the rapidly changing nature of the capital, is on display at the Goethe Institute. Hanoi 's residential buildings, which have long shaped the face of the city, are changing: instead of windows and balconies that facilitate communication between neighbours, tall billboards seal houses off, both towards the street, the outside and the inside.Son has utilised "giclee print" technology in his work, … [Read more...]

Colloquium examines ancient culture

Experts have gathered at the Goethe Institute in Ha Noi for a three-day international colloquium intended to develop an overview of Vietnamese culture from the Stone Age to the present. The event is being held to prepare for an archaeological exhibition to be presented in Germany in 2014-15. Experts are scheduled to present 22 lectures from a number of perspectives on a variety of archaeological and historical fields. Special attention will be given to the cultures of northern Viet Nam, … [Read more...]

The Awakening of Hanoi [Part 2]

Vu Dan Tan

By JENNIFER CONLIN Published: February 18, 2007 “We were the first private art gallery to open after doi moi,” she said referring to the Communist government's decision in 1986 to allow foreign trade and private ownership. A poet's daughter who grew up around artists — many of whom painted her portrait as a child — Mai opened her original gallery in 1993 with the help of her parents. “Previously, every gallery was state owned, and Vietnamese contemporary art was anonymous to the rest of … [Read more...]

Layers of Meaning

Nguyen Quang Huy in an opening ceremony

From Asian Art News 2005 By Bradford Edwards Last year, the 22-year-old Singaporean actor and director who had a great passion for Xuan Phai's paintings wanted to bring the artistic life of painter Xuan Phai on stage. So Benny Lim met the late painter's son Bui Thanh Phuong to ask for permission to stage a monologue play about his father. The play in which Benny Lim acted as Bui Xuan Phai and together with four supporting artists featured extracts of cheo (popular opera), the art that … [Read more...]

Report from Hanoi

Tran Trung Tin, Untitled III 1972, 55cm x 39 cm oil on newspaper, Courtesy Art Vietnam Gallery

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006by Joe Fyfe HANOI-Areas of the city feature numerous art galleries aimed primarily at the tourist business. Hundreds of insipid decorative paintings are for sale. Oddly, there is more than an occasional almost interesting one. Some of the more adventurous Hanoi artists also produce for the commercial painting market. They adapt (read: sweeten) existing traditional genres, such as happy Vietnamese women in traditional garments under palette-knifed foliage or … [Read more...]

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The Current Vietnamese Contemporary Art

Since the 1950s, installation and performance are two branches of contemporary art that have become important facets of mainstream art. Vietnam's modern artists, forever innovators, are at the forefront of expanding installation and performance art into new realms. First appearing in Vietnam in the early 1990's, several small installations and performance shows first appeared at an out-of-the-way corner of Buoi Street, Hanoi, at the stilt house of painter Nguyen Minh Duc. For many years, this … [Read more...]