Looking for a culture hit? These are the best places to see and experience art and culture in Saigon this month.
Is memory making us who we are? Frenemy’s work focuses on the internal environment building memory while Lys Bui & KhoMuc shows the external environment. Recorded with sight, sound, and movement of human experience, Memory’s Pantone is a memory matching system by both artists using line, color, and form to keep alive the sense of self.
When: From June 5 – September 1
Opening June 5, from 6.30 pm
Where: The Hummingbird Cafe Saigon, 5H Ton Duc Thang street, Ben Nghe ward, Ho Chi Minh City
A solo exhibition by artist Vo An Khanh
Võ An Khánh is remembered for his uncanny, ethereal, even phantasmal photographs of the Vietnam War. In his pictures, we see the urgent and quotidian lives of the Southern Vietnamese resistance in the Mekong Delta—covert scouts, medics, musical ensembles, and printing department workers who operate and survive in harmony with the sheltering mangrove forests. Across hamlets and villages, the revolutionists continue their didactic mission as they teach the national script to local schoolchildren. Fugitive classrooms are set up in corners of the earth where the children’s tottering chalk marks, their inchoate Romanized letters, coalesce into the light of the sun.
Whereas abundant journalistic snapshots tend to collect spectacles of ghastly pain and fortify demarcations between utterly simplified factions, Võ’s most haunting pictures unveil encounters, precarious and transient.
When: Untill August 8
Where: San Art, Millennium Masteri B6.16 & B6.17, 132 Bến Vân Đồn, Q. 4 Ho Chi Minh City
June 17 – Nghệ thuật trên những ngón chân & Trò chuyện về ballet – Salon Văn hóa Cà phê thứ Bảy
Screening of opera film and live conversation withtwo leading artists – choreographers and ballers of the Ho Chi Minh City dance theater.
When: June 17 from 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Where: Salon Văn hóa Cà phê thứ Bảy, 38 Võ Văn Tần, Q.3, Ho Chi Minh City
June 18 – Modernist Architecture in Vietnam by Mel Schenck – The Old Compass Cafe and Bar
Vietnam’s colonial architectural heritage is widely acknowledged. Less well understood is the country’s rich modernist architectural heritage – driven mainly by local architects.
Join Mel Schenck as he presents his new book “Southern Vietnamese Modernist Architecture” featured beautiful architectural photography of Alexandre Garel. From grand public buildings, to suburban and rural homes Mel explains the origins and creators that illustrates the outstanding accomplishment of the people in southern Vietnam in developing a mid-century modernist architecture.
When: June 18 from 7 pm – 9pm
Where: The Old Compass Cafe and Bar
June 19 – September 18 – D’eau et de verdure / Nước Xanh Non Biếc | Lê Giang – Vin Gallery
Vin Gallery present, D’eau et de verdure / Nước Xanh Non Biếc, a resulting show following the continuation project from Lê Giang’s residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Through an investigative lens, Lê Giang turns to the archives in France, to learn and to question the shared past between the two countries. D’eau et de verdure / Nước Xanh Non Biếc is an attempt to seek reconciliation and to examine the myths in the context of contemporary Vietnam.
When: June 19 to September 18
Where: Vin Gallery, 11 street 55, Thao Dien, Quân 2, Ho Chi Minh City
June 19 – Exhibition Openings: ‘Lost from View’ & ‘Other Futures’ – The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
Opening of two solo exhibitions: ‘Lost from View’ by Hương Ngô & ‘Other Futures’ by Thy Nguyễn.
In this exhibition, Hương Ngô is especially inspired by the life of Vietnam’s national hero – Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai – for her strength, tenacity, resilience, and bravery in navigating the rise of the socialist era in the 1930s, specifically compelled by the many aliases she embodied in her commitment to Vietnam’s anti-colonial movement and its desire for independence. For this exhibition, Ngô refers to archival documents, literature, and photography, to give window not only onto this prominent figure but also the lives of other women living this revolutionary period, sometimes with a great tragic end
‘Other Futures’, a ‘Materialize’ 2020 solo exhibition, introduces Thy Nguyễn with his deep interest in printmaking – an artistic language that requires labor, time, a sensitive understanding of different materials, and trained hands that can work systematically.
When: June 19 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: The Factory Contemporary Art Center, 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, Quân 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Group exhibition at the Galerie Quynh featuring new and previously unseen works by Hoang Duong Cam, Sandrine Llouquet, Keen Souhlal, Vo Tran Chau, Do Thanh Lang, Hoang Nam Viet, and Nghia Dang.
When: Until July 25
Where: Galerie Quynh, 118 Nguyen Van Thui, Da Kao, Quân 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Talk | Khi nghệ sĩ tò mò về ‘xã hội’- The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
conversation with artists Lêna Bùi, Trương Công Tùng and Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn exploring their love of crafting images and stories (through film, photography, paper, sound and much more) that speak to larger social rituals – of Vietnam and beyond – reflecting the contrary nature of the human condition and its impact on our planet.
This conversation launches the ‘Re-Aligning the Cosmos’ Fellowship which investigates the relationship between human and habitat, culture and climate, via an exploration of Vietnam’s tradition of respect for the elements – water, wind, fire, metal and earth.
When: June 25 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Where: Factory Contemporary Art Center, 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
20 – 22 June – A. Farm Season 3 – OPEN STUDIOS
Season 3 open-studios features the projects developed by their resident artists during the last 4 months.