Guidebook Hanoi is hotting up as a city of art


Hanoi is hotting up as a city of art

Apart from the estimable Fine Arts Museum (see Icons and Landmarks here), Hanoi’s private art scene is getting decidedly most interesting. Here are some of the best examples:  

DOCLAB: “Focusing almost exclusively on video art and documentary film, the space is less of a gallery and more of a laboratory, as the name implies … founded in 2009, the space has since garnered acclaim for its non-traditional ‘exhibitions’ of experimental documentary … also roundly supports the learning process, offering workshops, courses, and discussion groups to film students.” (The Culture Trip)  

Hanoi Creative City: “The graffiti-splashed space is slowly filling with live-music venues, independent design boutiques and an outlet of Creative Lab by UP, offering arty workshops and classes … in a city where galleries come and go in a matter of months, HCC might finally have the support to develop into the integrated creative hub Hanoi really needs.” (The Australian)  

CUC Gallery: “A prominent contemporary art gallery that features a variety of artworks: paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos, and prints … these artworks come from a diverse selection of artists that range from fairly new to well-established … collaborates with other art entities both in and outside Vietnam and carefully selects high-quality art pieces to give their audience the best experience possible.” (Vietcetra)  

Manzi: “Hanoi’s small but increasingly robust independent art scene is on display at Manzi, an exhibition space and cafe-bar opened by a former lawyer, an IT specialist and an arts graduate in a gorgeously refurbished early-20th-century villa … works by emerging and established Vietnamese artists like Nguyen Huy An, who paints on silk, are displayed throughout the villa’s airy two stories; a shop sells affordable artworks and crafts.” (New York Times)

Nguyen Art Gallery: “Many of the painters use traditional Vietnamese art supplies such as lacquer and charcoal to develop their work … through creative masterpieces, these artists express their interpretation of Vietnamese culture and draw upon spiritual, aesthetic, social, and political concerns that are important to them … they also host regular exhibitions and their artwork can be purchased at the gallery itself or online.” (Vietcetra)

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