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 “Imaginary Land”

You are invited to exhibition "Imaginary Land" by Vu Duc Trung. This is the fourth solo exhibition by painter Vu Duc Trung, including about 20 lacquer paintings created since 2011 and sized from 40cm x 50cm to 100cm x 200cm. Opening: Fri 28 Nov 2014, 5 pm Exhibition: 28 Nov - 18 Dec 2014 Mai Gallery 3rd, 113 Hang Bong, Hanoi With more than 20 lacquer paintings inspired by shadows in water, shadows of natural beauties in one another and in human spirits, the organizer hopes to bring to art … [Read more...]

Expatriate artist to display work in capital

Australian artist Robert Natoli will hold his first exhibition in Ha Noi at the Art Talk Cafe (also known as Mai Gallery) at 12 Quan Su Street on Saturday. During the three-day display, art lovers will have chance to enjoy Natoli’s artworks, including paintings, etchings and small ceramic objects. The work he has produced over the past three years explores his personal response to the environment which he has come to live in and enjoy. The exhibition, entitled Cage, will wrap up next … [Read more...]

Young artists honor Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge - A multidimensional Hanoi is portrayed by 13 artists in a variety of styles and materials in the ongoing exhibition at Art Talk Café, 12 Quan Su, Hanoi. "Made in Hanoi" is held by Mai Gallery with the idea of an annual exhibition at the beginning of the year to honor Hanoi. Many artists supported the idea and sent their works to the gallery. The first exhibition in 2013 brings together the paintings by 13 artists, who are talented young painters. In "Made in Hanoi", two … [Read more...]

Event: Painting Exhibition “Mot, Hai, Ba”


Opening: Sat 24 Nov, 4.30 pm Exhibition: 24 Nov – 01 Dec 2012 Art Talk Cafe 12 Quan Su Str, Hanoi A lacquer painting exhibition by 3 contemporary lacquer painters, Tran Tuan Long, Tran Dan and Chu Viet Cuong will be held at Art Talk Cafe. Tran Tuan Long, Tran Dan and Chu Viet Cuong are the lacquer painters who are consistently seeking and experimenting a new way to appreciate a contemporary art aspect of lacquer painting, beyond traditional/modern/commercial art. Their attempts are varied … [Read more...]

Saigon Open City kicks off with Birth

VietNamNet Bridge – ‘Birth’ by Nguyen Van Tien or Tien Van Mieu on Sunday opened at Mai’s Gallery in District 1, expressing a bold audacious style covering sexuality and social issues. Onlookers debate the opening of the art program ‘Birth’ by artist Nguyen Van Tien at Mai’s Gallery in District 1.  The event starts the ‘Saigon Open City’ - a program of fine arts from 2005 to 2007, with diverse activities oriented toward the development of community connection and relationships between … [Read more...]

Event : New Form


Mai Gallery and Hanoi Sculptors request the honor of your presence to the opening of the Sculpture Exhibition. New Form Time: 18.00pm, 6th October 2012 Venue: ART TALK CAFE - 3rd Floor 12 Quan Su street, Hanoi Warmly welcome! The exhibition is opened until October 21, 2012. * There will be an Art Talk with the Sculptors of the show at 3 pm, October 13, 2012- Art Talk Cafe, 2nd Floor. Looking forward to seeing you! Featured sculptural works from "New Form" are listed below … [Read more...]

Current issues

In the late 1990s, after nearly a decade of growth in which Vietnamese contemporary art had become fashionable throughout the world, Việt Nam's contemporary art market began to experience something of a recession, both economically and creatively. Reasons advanced for this were numerous and included the over-saturation of commercial galleries (by that time there were estimated to be over 100 in Hà Nội and another 80 in Hồ Chí Minh City), many of which were run by business people with … [Read more...]

Book: Dang Xuan Hoa


Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$30.00 Description: Representative of the young painter’s generation of VietNam in the 90’s, Dang Xuan Hoa rid himself of impressionistic influence and reverted to traditional values. And became one of Vietnam’s premier young painters. “Hoa, proved by his capabilities and good work to be one of the most remarkable figures of Vietnamese painting after Doi-Moi, distinguishing himself by his rare working power and an unmistakable style” writes … [Read more...]

The Awakening of Hanoi [Part 1]

The Apricot Gallery.

By JENNIFER CONLIN Published: February 18, 2007 To find the Mai Gallery in Hanoi, you must first walk down the bustling avenue of Le Thanh Tong, a street filled with flower stalls, neighborhood shops, sidewalk cafes and the ubiquitous roar of hundreds of motorbikes streaming in the direction of the century-old opera house. As you turn down Phan Huy Chu, one of a maze of narrow alleys in the Old Quarter, the throngs of teenagers leaning against parked mopeds with their cellphones cupped to … [Read more...]