Opening: Sat 06 Jul, 6.30 pm
Exhibition: 06 – 28 Jul 2013
Manzi Art Space
In collaboration with Galerie Quynh, Manzi art space and Hanoi Grapevine are proud to present ‘One Planet’ by visual artist Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng – one of the most important young artists in Vietnam.
‘One Planet’ features Hùng’s new sculptural installations which was on show in Ho Chi Minh City early this year and a series of paintings which the artist himself refers to as ‘Mauvais Gout’ (‘bad taste’) entitled ‘We’ve been here’
Drawing from his own personal history growing up in a cramped Soviet style apartment block in Hanoi, Hùng reflects on the idea of community, the conflicts that exist within and without constructed societies, and the complexities of civic development and individual responsibility. How is a community defined? Is the traditional idea of community just hollow rhetoric or an ideal that can evolve and adapt to modern day Vietnam? Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng confronts these issues with his trademark irony and humor highlighting the oftentimes absurdity of human behavior and endeavor.
‘When I make art I often use factors that relate to my family’s past as starting points. These factors contain and reflect both the history of my country, and its consequences’ Hung said.
‘Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng stages Vietnam’s past and present like a distinct planet in his unique way, never tragic to crave sympathy or mercy but always with the uttermost satire’ quoted from a review by Arlette Quynh -Anh Tran.
“One Planet” in Hanoi is brought to you by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture & Development.
Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng
Born in Hanoi in 1976, known as one of the most important contemporary artists in Vietnam, Hùng has exhibited in a number of regional and international exhibitions including the Goethe-Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam; ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea; ifa Galleries, Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway; ZKM Center for Art and Media; Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA. His diorama Living in Paradise is currently being featured in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.
Read KVT’s interview with Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng here.
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14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi