The Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal is delighted to present, for the first time in Quebec, an exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art from August 1 to September 22, 2002.
Over the last decade, Vietnam has undergone rapid changes. The modernisation of the economy (doi moi), which began in 1986, allowed artists to put aside those forms, which had been imposed by tradition and social realism, and to paint from a more personal vision.
Indeed, this production reflects the tensions between tradition and the socio-economic changes that have been pushing the country towards a market economy. At the end of the nineties, hundreds of artists participated in artists' protests in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh-City, Hue and Danang.
While a great deal of work, essentially painting, is destined for westerners in search of exotic imagery, emerging artists in Vietnam are developing artistic practices which reference both their traditional roots and global artistic trends. In fact, since 1993, their work has been presented in European contexts and throughout the Asia-Pacific network. They are responsible for spreading the new image of Vietnamese art.
The artists of this exhibition are between 25 and 40 years old. Often from rural communities, they have studied in well-known art schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. They do not represent a homogenous group, rather, individuals whose fields of interest range from western art trends to their own spirituality. They do, however, share a taste for risk and newness.
The following artists' names aren't likely familiar: Dinh Y Nhi, Le Hong Thai, Tran Luong, Le Quang Ha, Nguyen Van Cuong, Le Quoc Viet, Nguyen Minh Phuong—yet another great reason to visit this exhibition!
The Centre welcomes Nguyen Minh Phuong, who will produce an installation in the gardens of the pavillon de la Faculté de l’aménagement, from August 1 to 15. We are also pleased to have with us the Hanoi-based art critic and gallery director, Natalia Kraevskaia, from September 13 to 27, 2002.
In addition to the exhibition, on September 18, 19 and 20, 2002, a conference will be held entitled Villes Moyennes et Mondialisation, organised by the Programme de gestion urbaine au Viêt Nam of the Université de Montréal (Institut d’urbanisme) and the Université d’architecture de Hanoï. This is a University Partnership in Cooperation and Development Program (UPCDP) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The exhibition will be at the Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal from August 1 to September 22, 2002.
The Centre is located in the pavillon de la Faculté de l’aménagement, 2940 Cote St. Catherine Road, close to the Université de Montréal metro station. Open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m. Free admission.