The book concludes its presentation on the development of contemporary art in Vietnam by chronologically listing associated contemporary art events in Vietnam year by year, starting 1994 and ending with 2010.
This book, with its substantive gathered and well systematized, thoroughly researched material information and documentation is a valuable record of an important period in the recent development of Vietnamese art and culture.
It traces the evolution to true openness to the world of contemporary visual art practices in Vietnam, acknowledging the growing importance of Vietnamese contemporary artists in their efforts to create a specific to them and Vietnamese culture contemporary art expression and values, that are also using the language of contemporary visual art which is understood and recognized on an international scale.
The Authors of the book “Vietnamese Contemporary Art 1990 – 2010″, Bui Nhu Huong and Pham Trung demonstrated excellence in research, gathering and systematizing information and collection of appropriately selected photos.
Both Authors, Publishers and Book Sponsors deserve highest commendation for producing this book.
The book presents an excellent overview and description of the evolution and evaluation of contemporary visual art in Vietnam for the two decades it covers, and as such is a valuable and significant reference and contribution to the cultural life of Vietnam.
Kathrin Busch is philosopher and assistant professor at the University of Lüneburg, Germany. PhD in philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum on Derrida and the ethics of the gift. Topics of research: aesthetics, cultural analysis, French philosophy, and theory of affects.
Ilza holds the deep conviction that there is nothing more damaging than indifference and that only a critique, based on peer to peer assessment of contemporary art practices, is the way to broaden and encourage the creative thought and new original artistic ideas — fostering a better understanding of contemporary visual art and the role of the artist as a creator of cultural values.
Ilza Burchett is an internationally exhibiting artist, now based in Hanoi, Vietnam.