Exhibition “The Clouds Will Tell”

Opening: Sun 07 Sep 2014, 6 pm Exhibition: 07/09 - 05/10/2014 Nhasan COLLECTIVE 24 Ly Quoc Su Str, Hanoi Nhà Sàn Collective is pleased to invite you to the opening of our new exhibition: "The Clouds Will Tell". The event will take place at our new space at 24 Lý Quốc Sư on Sunday 7 September 2014. The exhibition introduces works by Nguyễn Trinh Thi, Nguyễn Phương Linh, Tuấn Mami, Nguyễn Quốc Thành, Nguyễn Ban Ga, Nguyễn Trần Nam, Nguyễn Huy An, Vũ Đức Toàn, Nguyễn Thuỷ Tiên and Nguyễn Mạnh … [Read more...]

The Hong Kong Connection


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...]

Nguyen Quan’s Apotheosis

Nguyen quan

By Nora Taylor Being at once Vietnam's best known art critic and one of the country's leading painters is no easy matter for forty-six-year-old Nguyen Quan. He is often torn between his own intense desire to paint and the critical eye that he exercises on other people's work. But, he does manage somehow to separate his painting from his writing and in chameleon-like fashion switches from analyzing the country's artistic developments since 1925 to finding his own true voice in his art. His … [Read more...]

Book: Asian Women Artists


Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$60.00 Description: Vietnamese Women Artists are taking part in this book, which covers 15 Asian countries. Nora Taylor digs deeper into the culture and Vietnamese women artists’ role in society today. Published in 1996 by An Art AsiaPacific Book, CRAFTSMAN House. 145 pages, hard cover, 24 cm x 25 cm. In English only. … [Read more...]

Framing the National Spirit – Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution [Part 4]


By Nora A. Taylor in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai the cafe´ owner seem calm and nonchalant in this scene, perhaps even slightly bored, and a kind of ennui or emptiness prevails. One is reminded of the portraits of absinthe drinkers in Paris cafe´s by such French postimpressionist painters as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso, in which figures often appear afflicted with chronic melancholy or … [Read more...]

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Framing the National Spirit – Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution [Part 3]

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By Nora A. Taylor in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai him also acts in a less than friendly manner as he prods him past the doorway. While these two paintings by Nguyen Sang were never criticized directly, they were rejected from national art competitions. Criticism or rejection from national art competitions often meant that the work had been placed before an audience of workers and soldiers who, in the absence of any other … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Modern Art: Change, Stagnation, Potential, Strategy

By Natalia Kraevskaia, Ph.D March 30, 2000 The unprecedented shift in Vietnamese modern art after "doi moi" is widely recognized (1). The emergence of new art forms and stylistic diversity, the recognition of Vietnamese modern art by foreign critics and the public, the participation of the artists in different international exhibitions and art projects abroad - all these predicted the future flowering of art. However, the first indications of some stagnation became obvious in the late … [Read more...]

Art Communities in Hanoi

BORETH LY[1] However, I think Taylor is one of the few scholars of Southeast Asian art who effectively applies this anthropological approach to looking at and writing about modern and contemporary art of Vietnam. [2] Taylor's book is structured chronologically, and each chapter is devoted to an art-historical case study that addresses significant and current issues such as Orientalists/Occidentalists, arts and political revolution, gender, sexuality, and globalism. Moreover, each chapter is … [Read more...]

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Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art


Painting has played a significant role in modern Vietnam. Postage stamps, billboards, and annual national exhibitions attest to its fundamental place in a country where painters may be hailed as national heroes and including among their number fervent nationalists, propagandists, even dissidents. Painting is emerging as emblematic of Vietnam, simultaneously a marker of national identity and a commodity in a global trade network. Some artists became millionaires as Vietnamese painting gained … [Read more...]


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