Her background is rather unusual. She was born in Canada and is a lawyer by training, but taught herself art history. She then became a critic and curator of contemporary Southeast Asian art with a good grasp of art history. She has a strong attachment to Vietnamese art and artists. Iola Lenzi installs artworks by Vu Dan Tan at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum. Photo: vietnamnet.vn In the 1990s, she worked with Southeast Asian contemporary art in Singapore. New art in Hanoi in the mid-1990s was innovative. After seeing works by Vu Dan Tan (1946-2009) exhibited at APT2 in Australia, and images of works by Truong Tan, Nguyen Van Cuong, Nguyen Quang Huy, Nguyen Minh Thanh, and Dinh Thi Tham Poong in publications, she traveled to Hanoi in 2000 to meet some of them and continue her research. Lenzi first met artist Tan in 2000 together with his wife, curator and critic Natalia Kraevskaia, at Salon Natasha on Hang Bong street. She has conducted research on contemporary … [Read more...] about Art curator promotes Vietnamese art to the world
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The different trends in contemporary Vietnamese art were introduced to Russian art lovers at a recent exhibition in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Works by Vietnamese artists were displayed alongside paintings by artists from Vladivostok, Ussuriysk and Krasnoyarsk, including Associate Professor of the Far Eastern Federal University, Olga Zotova, who also organised the event. In 2012, Ms. Zotova arranged a trip to Vietnam for Russian artists, with a sketching holiday in the central coastal city of Nha Trang. In addition to exhibiting their artworks, the Vietnamese artists also visited museums, attended seminars and festivals, and learned about the arts and handicrafts of Vladivostok, where cultures of Russia, Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are intertwined. A group of art students from Nha Trang brought along some of their lacquer paintings to enter in the ASEAN painters' competition to be held in the city this August. (Source: VNA) … [Read more...] about Contemporary Vietnamese art exhibited in Russia
An exhibition featuring the works of Vietnamese-born and based contemporary artists is currently open at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, southern California until June 13. A photo by Pipo Nguyen-Duy at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Southern California (Photo courtesy of the Artist and Armory Center) … [Read more...] about Contemporary Vietnamese art on show in Southern California
Vietnamese paintings were barely even noticed this weekend at auctions by Sothebyâ€™s in Hong Kong and Borobudur in Singapore. The same was true for the contemporary art fair Art Singapore 2009 last week and the same is expected for the upcoming Larasati auction in Singapore. The offering prices of Vietnamese works usually range between US$4,000-5,000 while pieces by other Asian artists such as Guan Yong, Liv Wei and Shi Chong were tagged with starting prices between $400,000-600,000. At Borobudur, the bidding price for Book Lover by I Nyoman Masriadi from Indonesia started at $93,333 and ended at $133,333. Indonesia has hundreds of artists whose paintings are offered at such auctions for around $100,000. La Femme Ã Lâ€™Ã‰charpe Verte, a painting by Le Pho Among Vietnamese artists, only the work of the late Le Pho (1907-2001) sold at all. At Sothebyâ€™s Hong Kong last Friday, Phoâ€™s Paysage du Tonkin (Landscape of Tonkin) was sold for $260,000 and La Femme Ã lâ€™Ã‰charpe Verte … [Read more...] about Vietnamese art fetches few int’l buyers
Local newspapers these days report a lot on football transfers worth tens of billion dong and the art performance shows worth trillions dong. But, no money has gone to support Vietnam's contemporary art. Academic art in Vietnam needs support from businessmen Businessmen, please support culture development, but don't interfere Cultural development support should be set as a criterion to rank businesses After publishing a series of articles on the support of Vietnamese businessmen for the development of Vietnam's art, VietNamNet has received many letters and emails from readers who point out the biggest problems in the cultural support and suggest the solutions to the current problems. VietNamNet would like to introduce the article by Nguyen Dinh Thanh, MA in Cultural Administration, who worked for the French Culture Centre. Most of the noteworthy contemporary art exhibitions in Vietnam have been supported and sponsored by foreigners. A well known contemporary painter said in an … [Read more...] about Why Vietnamese businessmen remain indifferent to Vietnamese arts?