Exhibition / Now on View

Vietnam in Transition, 1976–Present

Binh Danh, Operation Rolling Thunder, 2005, chlorophyll print and resin
Courtesy of the artist

April 1, 2023 to October 22, 2023
The Wende Museum

The exhibition explores the multi-layered intersections of art, history, and memory in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War – in Vietnam known as the American War – and national reunification.

With its history of French colonialism, American imperialism, Soviet-style socialism, and relative economic liberalization during the doi moi period, Vietnam is a country of strong divisions, both internally and between the homeland and the international diaspora.

This exhibition presents contemporary artwork reflecting on various aspects of Vietnamese postwar history, interspersed with historical artifacts and documents from everyday life. Featured artists include Ann Le, Antonius-Tín Bui, Binh Danh, Dinh Q. Lê, Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Hoang Duong Cam, Ngô Đình Bảo Châu, Nguyen Quang Huy, Nguyễn Thế Sơn, Nguyễn Văn Cường, Phan Quang, Phung Huynh, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Võ Trân Châu, Sandy Northrop, and Les Bird, with a special collection from Art in the Camps (Garden Streams) Archive, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Vietnam in Transition, 1976–Present is generously supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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