Did you know that Vietnamese artist Lê Phổ (1907 – 2001), a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, is largely responsible for popularising the modern ao dai? We hope you enjoy this selection of his ao dai paintings.
One of Vietnam’s most famous contemporary artists, Tiffany Chung was born in Da Nang, Central Vietnam, and completed her tertiary education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While she majored in photography, Chung is best known for her cartographic-style ‘psychogeographies’ – a fusion of mapping skills, art and social anthropology. Her work attempts to chart urban change and upheaval due to factors such as natural disasters, industrialization and migration.
Winning a scholarship to study abroad when he was 25 years old, Le Van De attended the National College of Fine Arts in Paris, and 2 years later won the second prize for painting by the French National Association of Artists. After further study in Rome & Greece, he returned to Vietnam where he fostered the development of many other artists.
The work of Vũ Đình Tuấn will be on display at the Hanoi Studio Gallery, 13 Trang Tien Street, until 28th January. 21 silk paintings are currently on display in this solo exhibition titled “Silent flowers are blooming”. Follow updates on the event page.
Nguyen Van Chung, war artist, spent 2 years studying in the former East Germany during his formative years. He depicted the daily grind of people during the war years instead of focusing on bloodshed and violence. Even when his subjects carried weapons, they did so not in an aggressive manner, but as if the rifle was part of their everyday attire. Nguyen Van Chung is still producing work and his youngest son, Nguyen Trung Hieu is proving to be a talented artist too.
A huge debate has erupted in the photographic word over the work of French photographer Rehahn, who has spent several years documenting the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Rehahn insists that his photographs fall under the classification of documentary, however, critics have mounted a campaign, arguing that as Rehahn ‘stages’ his photographs by asking subjects to remove western items of clothing before he takes their portrait, his photos are not of a journalistic nature. Regardless of how the photographs should be classified, Rehahn’s work is definitely worth a look:
One of Vietnam’s most celebrated artists, Nguyen Phan Chanh is best known for his depictions of village life, painted on silk. In 2013, his painting The Rice Seller set a record for the highest price paid for Vietnamese art – it sold at a Hong Kong auction for HK$3.03 million.