Abandoned by Heaven

Where is Vietnamese society heading if it fails to cultivate and nurture its centuries-old traditional folk art and cultural practices? At first glance, the paintings of Bui Thanh Tam’s Abandoned by Heaven collection project an air of innocence and a pollyanish sense of contentment. The doe-eyed figures in the paintings look to be in the midst of living happy

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TAG a Friend

Saigon’s thriving graffiti culture may surprise you It’s hard to think of graffiti without the connotations of illegality. Tagging, which rose to prominence in the 90s, has always been seen as an art form for youth and rebellion. However, now that it has surfaced and gained in popularity and prominence, classes and workshops on the matter are freely available even to

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House of Nguyen II

A solo exhibition of oil and lacquer paintings on wood by Saigon-based artist Tran Minh Tam  The first time art lovers and collectors became familiar with Tran Minh Tam’s portrayal of royal characters from the past was in 2013 when he introduced his House of Nguyen I series at Craig Thomas Gallery. The Nguyen Dynasty

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Renaissance Now Features Work by Regis Golay

Renaissance International School Saigon has recently expanded it’s collection of Modern Art. The school has dedicated a room to display Golay’s collage of 11 videos, catching the attention of the school’s students, teachers, parents and visitors. Regis Golay’s work – flown in from Switzerland – was displayed at Dia Projects in Saigon earlier this month. The

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What a Knockout !

In conversation with martial arts film legend Gary Daniels “Talking about movies, it really saddens me that people believe so much of what they see,” says Gary Daniels, one of the world’s most accomplished action heroes and the star of countless martial arts films—the kind you’ll surely have seen on late-nite TV. “I hear a

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Behind the Music

The ups & downs and personal & professional life of local celebrity Kyo York It’s pretty easy to prise open a locked scooter compartment if you know what you’re doing—just force the seat up at the right angle, and there’s a distinct clack; everything inside is yours, and you’re gone well before the bike’s owner

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“THE DIARY” Exhibition – Photographs taken by Smartphone

  On the 9th of March 2017, Nest by AIA in collaboration with photographer Hai Thanh will be hosting the opening of “The Diary” – a photography exhibition of photos taken by smartphone at Nest by AIA office at Vincom Ba Trieu center. The exhibition receives technical support and media sponsorship by Matca, Mobiovn and

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Hometown

Famous for depicting female figures in ao dais, artist Nguyen Thanh Binh’s latest work comes as a surprise Nguyen Thanh Binh is a world-renowned artist whose iconic work has received international acclaim and frequently been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the US. In preparation for the opening of Hometown, he takes some time off to

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These Boys’ Lives

Vietnam’s biggest boy band is at the top of the charts again, but not for their music It’s sometimes jokingly said in publishing circles that there are never any guarantees in putting out a bestseller, unless of course you happen to be some kind of celebrity. For most authors, this is just one of the

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The Old Man and the Sea

Coincidence is sometimes very beautiful Nearly three years ago, I found myself browsing the online pages of Thomas L Le – a scholar and translator of Vietnamese and French poetry. I was so moved by one of the poems that it inspired a small painting of a Hoi An fisherman skilfully riding the surf in

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