Contemporary Art

Ho Chi Minh City has a number of art galleries, but finding real bargains can be difficult as there is a roaring trade in knock-offs and replicas. While some works still reflect the historical and turbulent past, new styles and methods have been adopted by artists. Saigon's mostly underground contemporary art scene still provides opportunities for art collectors to find stunning creations at low prices.
 

Contemporary art spaces in HCMC are few and far between although this looks poised to change for the better, good news for both artists and collectors. Exhibitions are sporadically held at contemporary art galleries. You may be able to track down an art tour of Saigon. Ask around. State censorship may be relaxing but contemporary art is not immune to government supervision, let alone the challenges of inadequate infrastructure and scarcity of funds. Even so, Ho Chi Minh City is blessed with talented artists creating thought provoking work.

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Blue Space Contemporary Arts Center

Vietnamartist.com is a combined online gallery for two leading art galleries in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The website started in 1999 and has successfully provided thousands of paintings to collectors around the world. The founder of the website and owner of both galleries, Ms. Tran Thi Anh Vu has been a leader in the Vietnamese Art community for over a decade. Through our serious and impressive presence in Saigon, Vietnamartist.com is able to offer the highest quality paintings from the most famous artists in Vietnam: Nguyen Thanh Binh, Bui Huu Hung, Ho Huu Thu, Do Duy Tuan .. to name a few.

Because we are strong both on-line and locally, we are able to provide the best service to our clients both in Vietnam and abroad. Our staff is well prepared to offer consulting to those who are building their collections of Asian Art. We are able to connect serious collectors with artists to commission the paintings, we are also able to search for specific scenes, topics and color combinations. Our goal is to help our clients to find the right work of art for their collection. Email us at: info@vietnamartist.com. Our on-line store lists all of the art we currently offer from our physical inventory. You can view our entire collection from here: www.vietnamartist.com

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San Art

San Art is an internationally renown, independent, artist-initiated, non-profit contemporary art organization centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City. We are committed to the exchange and cultivation of visual practice, aiming to promote, facilitate and showcase contemporary art through production, exhibition, discourse and education. Sàn Art (‘san’ meaning ‘platform’) was established in October 2007 in response to limited resources and negligible opportunities for contemporary art and culture in Vietnam. In a country that offers little in the way of infrastructure and few alternatives to commercial production, artists must be strategically creative in order to be heard.

Sàn Art is thus uniquely placed to fill the gap in access and opportunity by engaging with contemporary discourse through the visual arts, literature, performance and vocational activities such as exhibition, lecture, workshop, artist presentations and residency programs, in conjunction with local and international partners. Our current premises consists of a public reading room that holds textual and visual material on contemporary art, including facilities for ‘San Art Laboratory’ – our ‘artist-in-residence’ program – with 4 apartments and 4 studios.

San Art works with external partners in locating space to showcase exhibitions of the diverse talent of Vietnam and beyond. San Art also possesses a growing inventory of contemporary Vietnamese art that is available for sale. You will find a steady rotation of art adorning the walls of our reading room, please ask our staff for further information. All proceeds jointly benefit the artist and the ongoing programming costs of San Art as a not-for-profit organization.

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Galerie Quynh

An internationally renowned contemporary art gallery showcasing Vietnam's most important artists and foreign talents, Galerie Quynh is a must visit for anyone interested in the Saigon art scene. Starting with abstract painters shunned by the state for their nonconformist work, the mediums employed now range from drawing to sculpture, photography, video and installation.

Founded in 2000 by Vietnamese-American art critic Quynh Pham and Brit Robert Cianchi, Galerie Quynh began as an online resource dedicated to the Vietnamese art scene. Its physical gallery in HCMC was established in 2003. Galerie Quynh is considered to be both one of the most contemporary art galleries and professional art spaces in Saigon and Vietnam. The gallery promotes education through artist talks and published texts in both English and Vietnamese languages. Galerie Quynh maintains a strict selection process and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

 

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Craig Thomas Gallery

Founded in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009, Craig Thomas Gallery takes the art experience of its namesake and director, Craig Thomas, and develops a full blown collection of contemporary Vietnamese art. Supporting emerging artists by providing them a gateway to wider audiences, this Saigon gallery aims to firmly establish the art scene in Vietnam. The main exhibition room is in District 1 with a smaller satellite location in District 2. Purchase a contemporary piece of quality Vietnamese art before returning home.

Craig Thomas Gallery is the natural evolution of its founder's decade long involvement in the Vietnamese art scene and the relationships developed with artists, curators and collectors during that time. The gallery supports the development of emerging and mid-career Vietnamese artists and provides them with a platform to present their work to a larger audience. Craig Thomas Gallery's main exhibition space is situated in central Ho Chi Minh City. In Saigon's District 2, the gallery operates a satellite exhibition area.

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Vin Gallery

VinGallery was created to spread awareness of the modern and contemporary art that is emerging in Vietnam. Exhibitions are dedicated to the work of modern and contemporary artists. We help support many of the influential and distinctive artists working today in Vietnam. Our artists come from diverse cultural backgrounds, work with various mediums, come from different art educations, and have a spectrum of life experiences. Being very active in the art scene, we have new exhibitions and events every month. Our events are created to provide a platform for the community to have an interactive exchange with artists. We are passionate about investing in fresh new artistic talent and are constantly on the look-out for talented artists.

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