Art in the Age of Doi Moi

This project presents an array of documents pertaining to the period of Vietnamese History known as Doi Moi or Renovation. Doi Moi refers to the decision made by the Vietnamese Communist Party’s VIth Party Congress to liberalize the Vietnamese economy and allow growth in the private sector. Although art and culture were never addressed at the Congress proper, the impetus for change in cultural policy was made official at that time. There is still some debate over the exact dates and the exact nature of renovation in art. Some consider liberalization in art to have taken place a decade earlier after the country was reunified and artists from the North were exposed to the works of their colleagues in the South. Others see renovation taking place under the editorship of Nguyen Quan at the journal My Thuat from 1984-1989. What is certain is that Vietnamese art has gradually been released from government control since the early 1980s culminating in Vietnamese contemporary artists participation in today’s global art market.

The documents presented here were assembled by Natalia Kraevskaia, owner and co-director of Salon Natasha, Hanoi’s first non-governmental art space; Dr. Nora Taylor, Art Historian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Dr. Boitran Huynh-Beattie, independent curator, Sydney, Australia. They include records of the activities of Salon Natasha in the form of photographs, artists’ portfolios and exhibition materials. They also include copies of the Saigon edition of the journal My Thuat (Fine Art) and two video interviews of Natalia Kraevskaia and former Secretary Luong Xuan Doan.

Salon Natasha played an instrumental role in fostering experimental art practices in Hanoi. The “Salon” was housed in the home of artist Vu Dan Tan and Natalia Kraevskaia on Hang Bong street, in the heart of the capital. It had been Tan’s childhood family home as well and later his studio. The couple opened their home to artists in 1984 and began creating an exhibition program that included thematic shows, one person retrospectives and commissioned work. The door to the space was always open to visitors and guests who were welcomed with tea and candy. Salon Natasha was unique in that it was not managed by a government organization and therefore was not about State politics. And yet, thanks to outsider status and its nurturing of unofficial art practices, more than any institution it stood for the concept of renovation in art.

To learn more about Đổi Mới, please see Dr. Nora A. Taylor's "What is ̣Đổi Mới in Art?"

Icon of Our Time. Exhibition invitation.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Invitation to the group exhibition 'Icon of Our Time'
Icon of Our time. Price List.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Price list for the works at the group exhibition 'Icon of Our Time'.
Do Minh Tam. Portfolio.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Photo 001- Do Minh Tam with Natasha, photos 002-003 - CV of Do Minh Tam, photos 004-008 - works of Do Minh Tam.
Mai Chi Thanh. Portfolio.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Photo 001- Mai Chi Thanh in Salon Natasha. 002-003 - CV of Mai Chi Thanh. 004-012 - works of Mai Chi Thanh
Truong Tan. Portfolio.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Photo 001- Truong Tan with Natasha in Salon Natasha. 002-003- CV of Truong Tan. Photos 004-017 - works of Truong Tan.
Vu Dan Tan. Portfolio.
Photo 001- Vu Dan Tan in Salon Natasha. 001-004 - CV of Vu Dan Tan. 004-015 - works of Vu Dan Tan. 016 - extracts from articles about Vu Dan Tan, This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018.
Vu Dan Tan. Artist book.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Artist book of Vu Dan Tan made by him in 1994 which represents the photos from his installations made in Salon Natasha in 1991. The book is included into archival materials as the evidence of the first attempts of Vietnamese artists to make installations.
Information about artists of Salon Natasha
Short information about the artists of Salon Natasha, includes the documents on these artists who's CVs were not represented in other archival materials., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018.
Lục Quốc Nhượng
Invitation to the exhibition of paintings by Luc Quoc Nhuong, This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018.
Trương Tân
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Invitation to the solo exhibition of Truong Tan in Hanoi
avant-garde
Catalogue of the exhibition of works by Truong Tan, Le Hong Thai, Bui Huu Hung and Do Minh Tam in Hanoi, signed by Truong Tan, This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018.
Phạm Minh Hải
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Catalogue of the exhibition of paintings by Pham Minh Hai
giấy gió
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Catalogue of the exhibition of works on 'Zo' paper by Do Minh Tam, Le Tuan Anh, Dao Thanh Duy in Hanoi
Trần Công Hiếu, Nguyễn Công Mỹ.
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Catalogue of the exhibition by Tran Nguyen Hieu and Nguyen Cong My
Trần Trọng Vũ
This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A090018., Catalogue of the solo exhibition of Tran Trong Vu in Mai gallery in Hanoi