Modern Art Vietnam: A Case of Breaking Away
“Vietnam’s contemporary art scene is still under the shadow of its war-torn history – but its artists are finding homes elsewhere in the world.”
When we speak about art, we are usually faced with the prospect of not just expressing, but letting one’s milieu stream out of the art itself.
While there are many talented artists in Vietnam, the strictures of the socialist government prevent many of them from fully expressing themselves, especially when questions of politics and freedom are included in the artistic narrative.
These are the artists that broke free from the strictures of the Vietnamese government by baring their artistic souls to the global art scene.
What is well worth mentioning here is that artist who
Dao Anh Khanh
Dao Anh Khanh is a Vietnamese artist that has garnered international acclaim for his surrealist works of art that focus on human figures, natural objects such as rocks, and landscapes.
His current lineup of works includes “A Sounding Space DAK-06” which features a horn-like object arching up to a blood red sky, and with mushrooms growing from its top.
The landscape is bare and miserable, and two human figures stumble and fall over themselves below the titanic horn. One of the human figures, a female, appears almost headless with her extremely long neck, and pea-sized head.
Tran Dong Luong
Tran Dong Luong is another Vietnamese artist who has experienced censorship from the government in the
Tran Dong Luong’s utilizes performance art, span paintings, and installation to communicate his ideas to his audience. The Guggenheim has even acquired his video installation Lap Loe in 2012 for its own private collection. Tran Dong Luong also serves as a curator for different institutions in Asia, including the Singapore Biennial.