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...]

Ryllega Gallery

RYLLEGA experimental contemporary art gallery is a non-profit art space set up by two fellow Vietnamese artists: Nguyen Minh Phuoc and Vu Huu Thuy to introduce the first kind of a professional non-profit gallery in Hanoi. At Ryllega, artists are able to express their ideas through experimental works including installation, video and multi-media and participate in an exchange programme between local and foreign artists and between artists and the public. Besides that it aims to introduce high … [Read more...]