Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Contemporary Vietnamese art in Berlin gallery

The ifa-Gallery in Berlin has dedicated a whole exhibition to contemporary Vietnamese art.

"Kunstszene Vietnam", or "Art Scene Viet Nam", is the first exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art to take place in Germany in over a decade.

It has two curators – the German artist Veronika Radulovic, who has lived and worked in Hanoi for years, and Barbara Barsch, who runs the ifa Gallery Berlin.

Barsch explained why "Kunstszene Vietnam" was so special: "Contemporary art from Vietnam is not particularly well-known in Germany. Of course, individual artists sometimes participate in the Venice Biennale. However, we wanted to point out there is a full and intact art scene in Vietnam."

11 artists from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Works by 11 artists – mainly from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – have been presented in the exhibition. Bildunterschrift: Gro├čansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: "Red Etude" - still from a 5-min video installation by Nguyen Minh Phuoc Ranging from painting, sculpture and video installations to performance art, the works deal with a variety of social phenomena, such as corruption, housing, or the situation of homosexuals in Vietnam.

The 50-year old former abstract painter Tran Luong has moved towards performance art in public spaces. One video shows him in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square brushing his teeth and gums.

In the video, Tran explains that at one point he suddenly realized how negative Mao’s leadership of China had been and felt the urge to cleanse himself from its impact.

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