arts • 13 Oct, 2016
Exhibitions To Explore This October
Indoors is where it’s at this month
If the weather’s been getting you down, don’t worry, just get indoors and check out these awesome exhibitions happening around town. We’ve scoured the internet to find them, so all you have to do is time your run with the rain and support the arts in this city. As usual when we put together these lists there’s an eclectic mix of creativity on show, from digital painting to traditional silk and oil works. If you can only do one though, (shame on you) we highly recommend Lena Bui’s ‘Flat Sunlight’ at Factory Contemporary Arts Centre. See it to believe it, but we think it’s pretty special.
This exhibition attempts to change our perception of and relationship to the natural world we rely on. In her works, Lena Bui asks us to think deeply about our spiritual and physical understanding of the good, bad, useful and useless in our everyday.
When: 7 October - 24 November
Why: A 5-year collaboration with microbiologists and scientists has produced this stunning, mixed media exhibition.
Where: Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward, D2, HCMC
Featuring the work of 35 artists active in seven major traditional Japanese kiln sites, all differ in orientation. Some carry on the age-old traditions of pottery, while others seek to create individualistic works exploring new forms.
When: 14 - 30 October, 10am to 7pm
Why: Get inspired to create that new pottery masterpiece of your own.
Where: Museum of HCMC Exhibition Hall, 92 Le Thanh Ton, D1, HCMC
'Where Is The Place Of Peace’ by Le Thuy
Portraying mainly idealized rural landscapes, village life, pagodas and historical events, there is an inherent conservativism to much of traditional Vietnamese silk painting. Thuy’s work pays homage to this tradition while also turning it on its head. “I consider myself lucky because of my rural background,’ she explains. “I have a deeper understanding of the trees and plants; I see the way they move in a way that other people from a different background cannot. Others may see them, but they don’t understand plants and animals the way I do.”
When: 30 September - 27 October, Tues-Sun 12pm to 6pm
Why: Discover Thuy’s beautiful work on silk, as quintessentially Vietnamese as traffic jams and the rural landscapes she depicts.
Where: Craig Thomas Gallery, 165 Calmette, D1, HCMC
Dia/Phuong - Local-liti
Dia Projects and Saola invite you to “địa/phương ~ local-liti”, a group exhibition and debut show in the new art space of Dia Projects. Featuring the work of multiple contributors, this event kick-starts ‘Art Walk’ part 2, a series of art events happening throughout October.
When: 1 October - 1 November, 10am-6pm (Mon-Sat)
Why: A new space, a new philosophy, a collaborative environment.
Where: Dia Projects 1057 Binh Quoi, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District, HCMC
Hopscotch by Hoang Nam Viet and Do Thanh Lang
Galerie Quynh's latest contemporary exhibition presents Hopscotch, a dual-exhibition featuring new paintings by two emerging artists, Do Thanh Lang and Hoang Nam Viet. Showcasing bodies of work that are markedly different, shared themes of freedom and transgression run through both.
When: 15 September - 29 October, 10am-7pm
Why: Bold colours, Evocative Shapes, Mysterious Characters.
Where: Galerie Quynh, 151/3 Dong Khoi, D1, HCMC
Lai N.Nguyen Digital Painting - Exihibition Solo Show
The exhibition will showcase 34 outstanding digital paintings by artist Lai N.Nguyen, founder of design agency Rabbat and co-founder of the Vietnam Creative Festival.
When: 20-23 October 9am-7pm
Why: It’s 2016. Digital Painting is hot. Get amongst it.
Where: Mai's Gallery, 3A Station, 3A Ton Duc Thang, D1, HCMC
Nguyen Minh Nam’s latest collection Fading Memories is the next stanza in his on-going homage to the inevitable losses suffered by traditional Vietnamese culture in the country’s headlong rush into modernity. While there is clearly regret over the disappearance of defining cultural traditions, Nam’s paintings also portray an intriguing future-present where a new class of liberated women are freed from antiquated notions of chastity and roles as appendages of men.
When: 21 October – 15 November
Why: Visceral, Provocative, Rich examples of a modern Vietnamese artist reaching his peak.
Where: Craig Thomas Gallery, 27i Tran Nhat Duat, HCMC
Words by JA