HCMC – Exhibition “Gang of Five Chancing Modern”


Opening: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 6 pm
Exhibition: 20 Jul – 09 Sep 2018
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre


From the organizer:


The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (HCMC) and Art Vietnam (Hanoi) proudly co-present Gang of Five Chancing Modern – an on-going art project initiated by curator Lê Thuận Uyên, surveying over three decades of artistic practice by five of the most important figures in the art scene of North Vietnam: Hồng Việt Dũng, Hà Trí Hiếu, Đặng Xuân Hoà, Trần Lương and Phạm Quang Vinh. Featuring nearly forty paintings and numerous original historical materials (including reviews and interviews, archival images, exhibition guest books, two short film documentaries, and a timeline tracking the conception, development, and reunion of Gang of Five), this is one of the few retrospective exhibitions staged in Vietnam that thoroughly documents the lives and preoccupations of local artists (and/or artist groups) of the 20th century.


Not only reintroducing the Gang of Five to the audience of Saigon and studying the group’s position as one of the first artist groups to form in post-war Vietnam, the exhibition also offers visitors an opportunity to rediscover the transformative phrases that Vietnamese art went through during the period of post-Đổi Mới*.


Image: Gang Of Five, circa 1993, image courtesy by Gerhard Jörén.