Available in : Vietnamese
The Nguyen Art Foundation presents ‘People, Victory and Life after the War’, an art exhibition showcasing war sketches and contemporary artworks from its collection. The exhibition is the first public showing of the collection and marks the opening of two dedicated Art Spaces, an initiative of the Nguyen Art Foundation in partnership with the EMASI Schools.
Curated by Ms Gridthiya Gaweewong and students from Renaissance International School, EMASI International School, Nam Long and Van Phuc Campus, the exhibition aimes to use the curatorial process and exhibition-making as educational tools to engage student’s participation and ultimately enhance the art appreciation and visual experience. A secondary objective was to work with the collection as a way to encourage students to learn about Vietnam’s art history in association with its social and political context. Students were encouraged to select the works from the Nguyen Art collection, rationalize their choices and group them together through online meetings and a workshop.
Questions raised during the process include how historical artists reflected on their own artworks in today’s context, and how young contemporary artists perceived the memories of the war and, most importantly, how students and the young generation relate to this part of history.
‘People, Victory and Life after the War’ focus on the past, present and imagined future of Vietnamese artistic practices and was constructed in two chapters, hosted simultaneously at EMASI Nam Long and Van Phuc campus throughout the 2021 school calendar.
The first chapter focuses directly on the American war memory and experiences, with close-up perspectives rendered in war sketches by Army artists and contemporary works by young artists from Vietnam and beyond. The second chapter focuses on war sketches of people, daily lives in the war zone and landscapes juxtaposed with works by contemporary artists who dealt with their distant, abstract, and spatial memories about the war experience and its remnants. Both chapters demonstrate the interplay of reflexive memory which slowly shifted from the close-up to longer shot and panoramic views that both manifest trans generation of artist’s perception, imagination, and sub-consciousness in a border context.
The two-chapter exhibition attempts to establish a dialog among trans-generations of artists, art lovers and students and features 24 artists with more than 100 historical war drawings and contemporary art from the Nguyen Art Foundation Collection.
A two-chapter exhibition from the Nguyen Art Foundation collection
26 March – 17 December 2021
Chapter #1: EMASI Nam Long School
Nam Long Residential Area, 147 Street No.8,
Tan Thuan Dong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Chapter #2: EMASI Van Phuc School
2 Street No.5, Van Phuc Residential City 1, Quarter 5,
Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Monday to Friday
8am to 5pm
(photo ID required for access)
Photo Courtesy The Nguyen Art Foundation
Available in : Vietnamese