Nguyen Thai Tuan

Nguyen Thai Tuan (b. 1965) is one of Vietnam’s most significant artists of his generation, whose artistic practice is anchored in the symmetry of fullness and absence. Where are our memories fullest? What triggers/limits our imagination to recall the facts of the past? For Nguyen Thai Tuan, space and its objects, the relationship between body and matter, is of unquestionable import...

Autumn Galleria

Take a walk down a lane of history and visit the fictional school of Alexandre d’Rhodes, the French Jesuit missionary who created today’s written script in Vietnam. See the students whose eyesight is tested with blindfold and the art of play. This is Phan Thao Nguyen’s world of creating history through fragments with a mastery of both fact and fiction in careful gestures of oil on photographic film. Similarly adept in the art of oil is Dalat-based painter Nguyen Thai Tuan, whose large-scale canvases are haunting reminders of another war-torn...

Residual: Disrupted Choreographies

‘Disrupted Choreographies’ weaves eight contemporary voices from Vietnam who propose alternate narratives between colonial histories, collective behavior, systems of class and the crumbling of ideological thought. This exhibition challenges the relationship between Vietnam and the ‘global’ stage, illustrating an artistic community critical of the historical consciousness that often stands in for its name (ie. the guilt of war; the tourist getaway; the nostalgic colonial). Vietnam is a nation with a significant conscience that has appeared in more televised media than any other global conflict in the 20th Century, its residual...

Fullness of absence

Regrettably, the Cultural Ministry of Ho Chi Minh City, has asked San Art to remove the previous explanatory text that was here on Nguyen Thai Tuan’s exhibition from San Art’s website. In Dalat, in the highlands north of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thai Tuan’s art studio is full of natural light and the wall above his desk is covered with books and color print outs of famous contemporary painters from across the world. For Nguyen Thai Tuan it is important to be working at his art and thus he...