October 19, 2005
Vietnamese Art: Recent Trends
The British Council has posts report on contemporary Vietnamese art.
"Significantly, contemporary art is still understood and appreciated by only a very small percentage of the Vietnamese community. This factor, together with the general lack of disposable income, continues to preclude the development of a domestic market for local art works, the majority of which are sold at international prices to foreign visitors and overseas collectors.
For their part the cash-strapped Vietnamese art museums have yet to develop a coherent policy with regard to the collection of contemporary art works, as a result of which many artistic treasures have already found their way into the permanent collections of private individuals or museums outside Việt Nam.
Since there remains no infrastructure for educating the Vietnamese community about contemporary art, artists continue to have limited means of connecting with a domestic audience. Consequently, while the work of some leading artists continued to command high prices from overseas buyers, there is as yet little incentive for up-coming artists to target their work at a local public."
"Lack of disposeable income" and "Cash-strapped". Yep. That sounds like me.
Posted by rst at October 19, 2005 12:00 AM
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I'll be going to Ho Chi Minh on the second week of November. I'll be staying there for 2 weeks. I went there last August and came back on to Philippines for International Performance Art Festival last October 18-22, 2005.
Hope we could meet there and talk about art and culture in Vietnam. Chumpon Apisuk of Thailand informed me that there will be an Art Conference on Performance Art and other media next year in Dalat. I might be going there.
Please tell me how to contact you in Vietnam. I'll be very glad to meet you.
Posted by: Danny Sillada at October 19, 2005 04:13 PM