Vu Dan Tan
‘Vu Dan Tan’s (b. 1946-2009, Hanoi, Vietnam) conceptual layers, iconographic quotation, non-literalism and critical sub-text opened a new chapter of art history in Vietnam, the artist a pioneer of the Southeast Asian avant-garde as regional artists move on from the teachings of Western modernism…. [his] quizzing of the meaning of art sprang from several sources, one of which his lack of conventional training. Vu, if highly educated, well-travelled, and knowledgable about Asian and European music, art and literature, did not attend art school.’*
Select notable exhibitions include: ‘Made in Asia’, Toulouse, France, 2014; ‘Venus in Vietnam’, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam, 2014; ‘Concept, Context, and Contestation’, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 2013; ‘Graphic works by Vu Dan Tan’ (solo), State Gallery of Fine Arts, Astrakhan, Russia, 2010; ‘Negotiating Home, History and Nation. Two decades of contemporary art in Southeast Asia’, Singapore Art Museum, 2011; ‘Ascending Dragon: Contemporary Vietnamese Artists’, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, LA, USA, 2010; ‘Post Doi Moi: Vietamese Art after 1990’, Singapore Art Museum, 2008; ‘Gap Vietnam’, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany, 1999; ‘Lion’s masks and Venus’, Goethe Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1999; 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 1996.
Exhibitions at San Art
An My Lê, Bui Cong Khanh, Do Hoang Tuong, Khadim Ali, Khvay Samnang, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Lena Bui, Nguyen Hong Ngoc, Phan Quang, Phan Thao Nguyen, Phunam, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Tammy Nguyen, The Propeller Group, Tiffany Chung, Tomas Vu-Daniel, Trần Minh Đức, Tran Xuan Anh, Truong Cong Tung, Truong Tan, Uudam Tran Nguyen, Vũ Dân Tân, Đỉnh Q Lê
4 -18 December 2014