Contemporary Vietnamese Art

by Ashok Soman

New Asia Gallery in Singapore showcased four award-winning Vietnamese contemporary artists in January and February 2009 – Trinh Tuan, Nguyen Trung, Nguyen Thi Chau Giang and Tran Luu Hau.

Vietnamese contemporary art is gaining some traction in the art scene, although it still lags behind work from Indonesia and Thailand. The artists at the New Asia Gallery have moved on from images of women in ao dai, conical hats and traditional landscape visuals.

According to the gallery, the worked showcased explores intense emotions, socio-cultural changes in Vietnam and an exploration of identity.

Trinh Tuan is one of Vietnam’s top artists working with lacquer, Nguyen Trung is the acknowledged leader of the abstract movement, Nguyen Thi Chau Giang is a leading female artist and Tran Luu Hau is known as a master of oil paintings. The exhibition ran from 1 January to 28 February 2009 at the New Asia Gallery.

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