This publication is a compilation of papers presented at a three-day international symposium in May 2008 organized by Singapore Art Museum, held in conjunction with the exhibition 'Post-Doi Moi: Vietnamese Art After 1990'. The symposium was the first of its kind with a concentration on modern and contemporary visual art of a Southeast Asian country, examining the developments that took place in Vietnam since the colonial period until the present. Speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Vietnam and Singapore also addressed differences in the developments in the North and the South. The essays are further complemented by important contributions whose authors are key players in the field of Vietnamese art.

Vietnamese translations and authors' biographies are provided.
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Opening Address - Kianchow KWOK, 郭建超

Session One: Influences and Impressions: The Rise of Modern Art in Vietnam

The Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l'Indochine: A Striking Shift in Vietnamese Art - Nadine ANDRE-PALLOIS

Art and the Press in the Colonial Period - Phoebe SCOTT

'The Great East Asia War' and the Art Exchange Between Japan and Vietnam: The Vietnamese Artists' 1943 Journey to Japan - Masahiro USHIROSHOJI, 後小路雅弘

Session Two: Art During the War Years and After

Did We See the Same War? The Artist/Soldier and Anti-war Images of Vietnam - C. David THOMAS

Documenting the War...or Telling a Different Story? Examining the Purpose of War Art by Artists of the People's Army of Vietnam from 1946 to 1979 - Adrian JONES

Vietnamese Art During the War - TRINH Cung

Social Realism in Vietnamese Art - Joyce FAN

Session Three: Art Transmission and Outside Influences in Vietnamese Art

Doi Moi Art in the Late 1980s and Early 1990s - NGUYEN Quan

Influence, Politics, Economics and Society - Ho Chi Minh City's Art Scene in Modern Times - TRUONG Phi Duc

Analysis of Vietnamese Oil Paintings Affected by Sulphur Dioxide Pollution - Brian SINGER, Sally MCMILLIAN, Nicky GRIMALDI, Jean BROWN

Use of Lacquer in Contemporary Art Practice - DAO Minh Tri

Session Four: Emergence of Contemporary Art Practices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam Modern Art: Process and Identity - BUI Nhu Huong

Re-defining the Past and Transforming Public Space: Two New Strategies of Vietnam Contemporary Artists in the Early Years of New Centuries - NGUYEN Nhu Huy

Phrases and Conditions for Contemporary Art Production in Vietnam Post-Doi Moi: Vietnamese Art After the 1990s - Richard STREITMATTER-TRAN

Collectivism and Individualism in Society and Art after Doi Moi - Natasha KRAEVSKAIA

Miss(ing) Sai Gon: Contemporary Vietnamese Diasporic Artists - Organisers in Ho Chi Minh City - Viet LE

Session Five: Vietnamese Art and Aesthetics

Saigonese Aesthetics: Modernity versus Tradition - Boitran HUYNH-BEATTIE

A New Generation - PHAN Cam Thuong

Transmission of Abstraction in Vietnamese Painting - Patricia LEVASSEUR DE LA MOTTE

Session Six: Transition and Emergence in Vietnamese Art Scene

New Directions in Contemporary Vietnamese Art - Annette VAN DEN BOSCH

Back to the Future: The Emergence of Installation Art in Vietnam - Ann PROCTOR

Art in Space: Reflections on the Rise of Performance Art in Vietnam - Nora A. TAYLOR

Additional Essays

Running Out of Fuel Right After Taking Off - TRAN Luong

Everything Can Happen Between Now and Then... - Veronika RADULOVIC

Pollution or Pollination? Foreign Influence in Vietnamese Contemporary Art - Bradford EDWARDS

Essays on Modern and Contemporary Vietnamese Art
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