‘The already seen/ never seen’ or ‘the praise of life’ at the Vin Gallery HCMC


September 30, 2019


At the Vin Gallery, a surprising exhibition will decrypt the surrealist works of Vietnamese artist Tran Trong Vu on his perspective of the human condition and life in general, from October 4th

It is no longer necessary to present the visual works of Tran Trong Vu as he is so well known that in artistic circles his name now speaks for itself. In October Vin Gallery will pay tribute to this cultural creative by offering their exhibition space showing his work in a way that is worthy of such a prolific artist.







How did this artist, born in Vietnam, residing  in France, become the mirror of  society and the human condition in general? 

To answer this question, the Vin Gallery has brought together Vu’s surrealist and multimedia works  unfolding them on a labyrinth  path to be discovered. Through his work It’s obvious that Vu’s career was built between Vietnam and France. The juxtaposition of his birth home against a different personal and political environment of his formative adoptive country with Vu creating in that space in between. “Life, reality, the world, are  all  made both by the visible and the invisible,” tells Vu  in a way that only Trần Trọng Vũ can. 







And it is probably in this oxymoron that the artist best reveals himself: life shaped by a fatality on one side and by the invisible on another side, which sometimes appears only to make us laugh or cry. Any purveyor of art will place this against the framework of their own experiences and reinterpret the meaning of Vu’s images, but between the words placed here and there on his  work, (words written by his father the Vietnamese poet and novelist Tran Dan) and between the conceptual and surrealist identity of the works, an obvious relevance emerges for all.

Known internationally, in Europe,  in the United States (art museum of Arizona State University) or in Asia (National Gallery of Singapore), Trần Trọng Vũ received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Award in 2011. His works can be found in private and international public collections.


Immage courtesy of the artist


Trần Trọng Vũ : The already seen never seen

Opening : October 4, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Private View Friday Octobre 4, 2019 | 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Vin Gallery, 6 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City




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