This tour takes a close look at the major shifts in 20th and 21st century Vietnam as seen through the eyes of Vietnamese artists.  From the fresh white spaces of leading contemporary art galleries to the grand halls of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts museum, the journey takes participants from colonialism to independence, communism to globalization. The tour is based on the personal experiences of artists who studied, fought, witnessed and documented major changes in twentieth century Vietnam.  It is perfect for art lovers and those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s history.  Led by art historian and Saigon resident, Sophie Hughes, this journey through time is inspiring, educational, and fun.

Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum
Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum

 Program details

Depart at 0900 from your hotel to a café to enjoy traditional Vietnamese sweet coffee and have an overview of the tour.  View a private collection of works housed in a traditional Saigon villa by students who studied at the first French founded School of Fine Arts.  Innovative use of visual aids compares the striking similarities between Vietnamese students of the 1920’s to their contemporaries in Paris.

Drive to a private home converted into a gallery to see a remarkable collection of Vietnamese Combat Art and Propaganda Art.  The gallery owner has been carrying out primary research on combat artists for years collecting paintings that illustrate the incredible war time hardship artists endured to produce works during this time.

Vietnamese Combat Art
Vietnamese Combat Art
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Continue to the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, a stunning example of Sino-French architecture, to learn how artists have been tools of the government during resistance, revolution and reconstruction of a nation. The artworks from Northern and Southern artists before and after re-unification demonstrate how politics lead to Vietnam’s 90’s art market boom.

The last stop is a contemporary art gallery which works with Vietnamese and international artists nurturing experimentation and creating opportunities for emerging artists. Meet with the Director and talk about the current exhibition. End the tour with a final discussion about the future of Vietnamese art in an international context and what that means for the next generation of Vietnamese artists.

Hanoi Old Quarter, Bui Xuan Phai
Hanoi Old Quarter, Bui Xuan Phai

Notes:

  • This tour is only operated in the morning until 13.00. Afternoon tours upon request.
  • This tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays due to closure of the museum & galleries.

Pricing : 

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Our services include:

  • English speaking guide only
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits (if any)

 Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance