Vietnam Art Books -- Contemporary art project set to open in HCM City (November 24, 2006)

Contemporary art project set to open in HCM City (November 24, 2006)

VietNamNet Bridge A major contemporary art exhibition, showing the works of three generations of Vietnamese artists and renowned artists from the region will open to the public in HCMC next week.

The exhibition will give an overall picture of HCMC's establishment and development history and serve as forum for artist of all disciplines to interact, exchange ideas and support new cultural and social initiatives.

Do Thi Tuyet Mai, director of the Project, said that the two year project was an opportunity for artists and professionals working in the field to build up the arts infrastructure, to re-think their culture marketing and organizing processes and develop more critical audiences in Vietnam.

"It will represent a major milestone in the country's culture life as well as assert the position of contemporary art in Vietnam's art life" she added.

The project is divided into three chapters with participation of many artists from Vietnam and other countries like Japan, Thailand, France and the United States.

Liberation, the first show of Saigon Open City, will be introduced to art enthusiasts on Sunday, featuring over 60 artists in venues spanning the city, such as the War Remnants Museum, the Museum of the Southern Women and HCMC Fine Arts Museum.

The show focuses on social reality as portrayed through the daily of Vietnamese people during the liberation period as well as the contextual influences it had on the greater scheme of life on a global scale.

Important markers of international art history, including Yoko Ono from Japan, Chris Marker (France) Matha Rosler (US) and major artists from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia with veteran Vietnamese artists will display their works at the exhibition.

Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, is recognized as an influential artist who has pushed the boundaries of the art, film, music and theatre media. At Liberation exhibition, she will introduce her famous work Peace in 1969 with art lovers.

Its second chapter, Unification, focuses on the country's unification period to introduce viewers to the notion of artistic practices.

The third chapter, Re-construction, features Vietnam today to centralize around changes in every comer of daily life in the country after renewal.

During the two-year exhibition, the Saigon Open City will highlight Vietnamese veteran artists including Nguyen Gia Tri, Nguyen Dang Khoat, Nguyen Manh Hung, Hoang Duong Cam, Dao Anh Khanh and Pham Do Dong.

The project has been directed by two Thailand artist-curators, including Rirkrit Tiravanija and Gridthiya Gaweewong. They are one of the most important artists in the international art world.

Rirkrit Tiravanija received the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize for his profound contributions to art in 2004. Gridthiya has curated a number of successful international exhibitions in major art centers in Tokyo, Singapore, Berlin and Barcelona.

Saigon Open City is funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Center Foundation, the Vietnam Foundation for Arts, and Hanoi-based Goethe Institute with the HCMC-based museums.

The exhibition will be organized around HCMC-based museums like War Remnants Museum, the Museum of the Southern Women and HCMC Fine Arts Museum. People interested in the exhibition can access the website at: www. or phohe: (08) 9103277.

Reprinted from VietNamNet


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