Photo exhibit: Vietnam-the Real War

( VOVworld )- For the first time, the Associated Press has held a photo … [Read more...]

Exhibition “Small Things”

The annual 'Small Things' exhibition at Vin Gallery presents the small works of over 15 local and international artists at affordable prices for the holiday season. 22 Nov 2014 - 09 Jan 2015 VinGallery 6 Lê Văn Miến, Thảo Điền, District 2, HCMC Giving original art is the perfect personal gift that says you care and want to be remembered for a lifetime. It also shows that you are 'hip'! In Vietnam it can be difficult to know what is authentic so buying from a reputable gallery guarantees … [Read more...]

Event: Exhibition “In The Midst Of Life 2″ by Ngo Van Sac

After the success of Ngo Van Sac's exhibition "In The Midst Of Life" in HCMC, the second part of the series arrives in Hanoi. Opening: Fri 05 Dec 2014, 6 pm Exhibition: 05 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 Chula, 6 Nhat Chieu, near Water Park, Tay Ho, Hanoi "…Giữa đời 2 - In the midst of life 2, the title of the exhibition, and of several of the artworks in it,suggests Sac`s thought process. In Vietnam, the hustle and bustle of life is voraciously engulfing. Here, we are constantly surrounded by … [Read more...]

An Introduction About Vietnam Lacquer Painting

Painting by artist Nguyen Gia Tri

Not everybody can come into contact with the sap of this tree because it could easily result in swelling and an itching rash, particularly on the face. Such a phenomenon is popularly known as "lacquer corrosion". This will last for several weeks. If, by a stroke of bad luck, someone is attacked by this "invisible" force of lacquer resin, the only way out is … to scratch. However, you will feel a bit of relief if you crumble fresh carambola leaves and rub them on the itchy skin. Lacquer … [Read more...]

Vietnamese young contemporary artists – chances and challenges

Contemporary art, mostly with the involvement of young artists, has developed in Vietnam for decades characterized by the use of a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that challenges traditional boundaries. Young artists while indulging themselves in on August 20's contemporary art want to raise their voice on the varied and changing cultural landscapes of identity, values, and beliefs as well as to reflect a wide range of social issues. In Vietnam, playgrounds … [Read more...]

Traditional Tet Paintings – Dong Ho Prints


You may have seen them before. They adorn the walls of Vietnamese restaurants everywhere in the world, there may be one hiding by the cash register at the neighborhood Vietnamese business, your Vietnamese friends hang them up as Lunar New Year approaches. In Vietnam , production of these folk paintings peaks right before Tet as merchants stock up in anticipation of heavy customer demand. These paintings are traditionally used to decorate homes for the New Year festival. … [Read more...]

Lacquer Paintings


Lacquer paintings are ancient paintings that regained their popularity in the world art scene for the last decade. Vietnam and Burma are two main producers of this distinctive art. The two countries were just recently opened up to tourism and started exhibiting their highly skilled artists. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Art Scene – Anthropologist’s View (5 June 01)

Distinguishing Distinctions: How to compare different sets of criteria from Vietnam to France? In what way can we use anthropology to understand the various mechanisms within the thoroughly specialised art worlds, where art historians, politicians, sociologists and philosophers have ruled the ground for so long? Is it possible for us to contribute in the understanding of such an well-analysed institution? My answer is that our method of comparison between different art worlds from different … [Read more...]

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International art network launches studio in Vietnam

Room 13, an UK-based independent art studio network for young people that spans over 13 countries has opened its first studio in Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese studio, sponsored by creative art group TBWA, will offer free art classes for children aged 8-12 with activities that encourage creativeness and independent thinking. Vo Binh, a painter and volunteer of the project said children would be taught basic painting skills and given a topic in each class meeting to discuss and present their … [Read more...]

Starving the hands that feeds the soul

The sheer number of contemporary art projects in Vietnam in recent years has given many Vietnamese art lovers a false sense of optimism for the country's thriving art market. The buoyant sentiment seems to grow even stronger as alternative spaces, mostly run by artists trying to bring modern artwork to the public attention, have begun to flourish in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in recent years. Met with a chilly reception at first, they are now accepted as a new way to bring modern art closer to the … [Read more...]