2017

Mona Lisa is an impressive name for  the artist Bui Thanh Tam’s first personal exhibition shown in Viet Art Centre, 42 Yet Kieu, Hanoi. The exhibition space is filled with humorous smiles from participants’ corner of mouth. Under “peaceful view” of the artist, Mona Lisa in the classic Renaissance contributes happy grins of water puppets which are typical of Vietnam. 1.    Mona Lisa exhibition is the achievement of a year’s restless composition of Bui Thanh Tam. Born in 1979, he is a young artist at both age and seniority. Despite being graduated from the University of fine arts, Vietnam in 2009, he has taken impressive steps on the art road. He creates separate marks for his style shaped by creative sense of humor but audacity…
Bui Quang Khiem’s paintings, using Chinese ink on rice paper, reflect on the woman as artist, and more broadly on the enigmatic beauty of the female form. Along with the paintings will be shown a short film exposing the artist at work, guided onward by the mysterious twists of his art.   Bui Quang Khiem, inspired by traditional calligraphic methods, has over the past ten years, developed his own techniques and style which play freely with the diffusion of water in very fine rice paper. His precise brush strokes connect with ancestral calligraphic arts which require in-the-moment concentration for the spirit to transmit its essence dynamically to the brush and convey the conceived line to paper. What is fascinating about his paintings is their simultaneous…
By Phoebe Scott Monuments are strange comforts. For a structure to be graced with the status of a ‘monument’ implies a kind of publicly--recognised significance. This significance could be intentional, as in the case where a building is created as an act of public memory: what the art historian Alois Riegl called a “deliberate monument” in his seminal essay on monumentality [1]. Alternatively, the monument can be made by history: those structures that survive the passage of time and seem to encapsulate the values of the past in physical form. But both types of monument are linked by a sense of loss. While they appear to give solidity, permanence and tangible bulk to our cherished ideals and our collective past, by their very existence, monuments…
Vietnamese artist and curator Le Quoc Viet is a modern practitioner burdened by an old soul. His works navigate between past and present Vietnam, interrogating the tumultuous history of his native country, particularly through the medium of wood block prints. Vietnamese artist Le Quoc Viet largely works within the traditional graphic arts of printmaking. His medium of choice is handmade wood blocks, amongst the oldest of traditional print-making techniques. Whilst European audiences may associate wood block printing with masters of this technique such as Albrecht Dürer or the artists of Japanese ukiyo-e, Viet’s works draw from the rich intersection between printing and text in Vietnamese culture. Born in 1972 in Ha Tay, Le Quoc Viet is part of a younger generation of Vietnamese artists who…

2016

That eggzactly perfectly minute art gallery has come up with the goods yet again. Mr Long and his accomplices have done what most commercial galleries refuse to do in this precarious art purchasing era… they’ve handed the hanging space to youth. Two young artists to be eggzact. One, 25 year old Nguyen Dinh Son, is a secondary school teacher in Hanoi. The other, 22 year old Do Trong Quy, is a fourth year student at the local Fine Arts University who has ambitions to do a master’s degree in Germany. The two met when they hung work at a Young Artists’ shindig in 2015 and they’ve shared a studio ever since Being young, emerging and no doubt callow – as talented youth must be –…
Opening: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 5 pm Exhibition: 31 Aug – 04 Sep 2016 Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, #66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street. Ly Hung Anh, Dang Xuan Truong and Luong Duc Hung – An artist, a photographer and a sculptor – will together display their latest artworks in the exhibition “3 Cognitive”, from 31 August to 4 September at Vietnam Fine Art Museum. Cognitive vibration has been changed its form in process of searching itself every moment. Life is going on as if pulling about, as if to abandon one’s body in order to go back to its original essence. You are cordially invited to the Exhibition “3 Cognitive” at 5p.m on Wednesday 31 August, at Vietnam Fine Art Museum. (From Ly Hung Anh,…
Bowlful of Greatjoy @ Dong Phong It’s that time of the lunar year when the household deities Pham Lang, Trong Cao and Thi Nhi leave their duties in everyones house and surrounds and for a few days travel up to the kingdom of The Jade King to report about the people in their various households and pray for their prosperity in the new year. The deities are still very old fahioned about transport in this technological age and take their journey to the kingdom on the back of golden carp. Their various households are anxious for their coming prosperity so soon after they burn effigies of the deities and the smoke rises to the heavens full of prayers and thankyous, they release a golden carp…

2015

Lacquer magic by Vu Duc Trung Once again the intimate and super welcoming gallery DONG PHONG @ 3 Ly Dao Thanh has grabbed my total attention with another of the lacquer maestro’s exhibitions of extra special artworks. Click here for an overview of his superb show at the same gallery last year when his round pieces were reminiscent of delicate and mystical waterscapes or reflections in still ponds… as exampled below: ……and exampled from the works from 2012 which was in the more traditional rectangular shape Vu Duc Trung’s lacquers have always invited the viewer, particularly me, to move beneath the surfaces and discover what lies beyond or beneath and in his latest exhibition of parallel works from 2012 to 2015 the artist allows visages…
KVT appreciates the work of an up and coming talent plus the world’s best gelato in Ly Dao Thanh. It’s no secret that the intimate Dong Phong Gallery tucked away in quiet and gentrified Ly Dao Thanh Street is one of my favorite art spaces. It may be a teensy space but its exhibitions are always excellently presented. If you are an amateur or serious collector of excellent, contemporary Vietnamese art then you’d be advised to get to know the personnel at Dong Phong and be amazed at the Dong Phong collection at their private Gallery. What I really appreciate about Dong Phong is their occasional exhibitions of the work of unknown or emerging or up-and-coming artists. Until mid December they feature 30-ish freelance artist…
      KVT still doing cart wheels around Dong Phong   They say that Nguyen Dinh Hoang Viet is likely to be the NEXT BIG THING in Vietnamese art so here’s a reprise of some of his affordable $100 pieces for sale at Dong Phong @ 3 Ly Dao Thanh St…..not far from the Metropole and the Press Club.   In the early years of this century an excellent little gallery called Suffusive was hidden away in Bao Khanh St and it used to highlight the work of recent young art schoolgraduates. It was a fabulous place to pick up affordable art works before the signatures on them became famous. I still kick myself for not grabbing a handful of ceramic pigs by now…
KVT and some visual art that made him do a couple of handstands, back springs and even yodel with joy. Lately I’ve been getting a bit despondent about the state of arty things in the city. I was just climbing out of my heat induced lethargy and ennui to write a few nice words about the Monks and Nuns on the Show at Module 7 and trying to get enough enthusiasm for a hot day ramble to the suburbs to see how Ha Tri Hieu was re-inventing himself at Art Vietnam when I got waylaid at the delectable Affordable Art Show at the teeny but delectable Dong Phong art room…an offshoot of the main Dong Phong Gallery…and not far from the Press Club in Ly…