Bui Xuan Phai in his son’s eyes – Part I

The letter in wardrobe In fact, I was almost his adviser and assistant in most of problems that he found it difficult to solve. When talking to each other he used to call me "buddy", and my mother, for she found this way unreasonable, interfered: "Why do you call him buddy? You've made father-and-son talking the way of friends taking". There is a memory with father that I could never forget. At that time, I was just seventeen. My eyes started facing with problems. I needed short-sighted glasses … [Read more...]

Art collectors, past and present

A painting by Vu Cao Dam, a big name in Vietnam’s painting circle, in a foreign collection.

The global economic crisis has depressed the Vietnamese painting market. Fewer collectors, especially knowledgable collectors, are buying these days. The late connoisseur Duc Minh (also called Bui Dinh Than) is still well-remembered. As a rich businessman, Duc Minh enriched Vietnam’s art world by nurturing talented artists at a time that painters lacked basic facilities to work. … [Read more...]

Establishing the value of Vietnamese painting


‘Choi O An Quan ’ ( Children Playing Games ), a famous painting by silk painting master Nguyen Phan Chanh … [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...]

Book : Nguyen tu Nghiem

Category : Artists, Individual Unit Price : US$40.00 Description: “To my mind, of all contemporary Vietnamese painters, Nguyen Tu Nghien is the most innovative in terms of plastic language,” said Duong Tuang a prominent art critic. Nghien, one of the pillars of Vietnamese art is considered to be the most influential in terms of affecting young artists. An important book to help understand the roots of contemporary Vietnamese art. Published in 1994 by Fine Arts Publishers. 138 pages, hard … [Read more...]

A novel tradition


At the beginning of the twentieth century, French artists and professors came to Vietnam and established their E’cole des Beaux-Arts de I’Indochine. They introduced views, techniques and media from the distant West. Concurrent with developments in traditional Vietnamese fine art, great names emerged from this modern school. Yet things were not so clear-cut. A few modern artist turned to a widely used local material: lacquer. Commonly used to make objects for everyday life as well as for … [Read more...]

The emergence of Vietnamese contemporary art

For some years after Reunification socialist realist art continued to hold sway in the north, with the result that most of the works featured in the National Art Exhibitions of 1976, 1980, 1982 and 1985 were dominated by themes of revolutionary struggle and the drive for socialist reconstruction. During this period the country faced severe economic difficulties and art materials, particularly paint, were of low quality and in extremely short supply. However, throughout this period the so-called … [Read more...]

Dang Duong Bang – an example of a beautiful combination of tradition and modern in Vietnamese contemporary art.

The sound of silennce No. 11 (120x120 cm) Tempera

The sound of silennce No. 11 (120x120 cm) Tempera Prof. Dr, John Kleinen, Professor in History and Art, Specialist in Vietnamese History and Vietnamese art, Faculty of History, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Not so long ago one could hear the conception that modern plastic arts was a typical Western phenomenon, an area very well suited for art critics and art-history, art exhibits and art museums. Everything that fell outside the range of this vision could be … [Read more...]

Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm


Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm was born in 1919† to a Confucian scholar’s family in the Nam Đàn district of Nghệ An province, in the northern central coastal region of Vietnam. Nghiêm was a member of the 15th intake into the École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in 1941, where he studied under Joseph Inguimberty, Nam Sơn and Tô Ngọc Vân. His fellow students included Bùi Xuân Phái and Huỳnh Văn Gấm. In December 1943, with the advent of American bombing of the Japanese occupying forces, Nghiêm and his classmates … [Read more...]

Book: Separate Paths – Vietnam Contemporary Fine Art


Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$65.00 Description: An impressive collection of today's top contemporary artists with works by the master Nguyen Tu Nghiem, followed by: Thanh Binh, Thanh Chuong, Le Thiet Cuong, Hong Viet Dung, Dang Xuan Hoa, Bui Huu Hung, Vo Ta Hung, Dao Hai Phong, Quang Dong Phuong, Dinh Quan, Do Son, Le Thanh Son, Le Vuong and Hoang Phuong Vy. Published in 2001 by Dragon Gallery, HaNoi, VN. 155 pages, hard cover, 26 cm x 30 cm. Bilingual – Vietnamese, … [Read more...]