ITINERARY BY DAY
Sophie’s Art Tour in Saigon
The day begins at one of Ho Chi Minh City’s local cafés. Meet with either Sophie or her colleague, Stuart, both local expats who are deeply involved in the city’s artisan community, for an introduction to Vietnam’s arts scene and overview of the tour.
The first stop on this fascinating Ho Chi Minh city art tour is an exclusive look at a private collection of colonial-era pieces. Using images on a tablet, see how European styles fused with traditional Vietnamese materials and techniques to give birth to modern Vietnamese art.
Continue to the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, a stunning example of Sino-French architecture. Learn how artists have been tools of the government during resistance, revolution and reconstruction of a nation. The artworks from Northern and Southern artists before and after re-unification demonstrate how politics lead to Vietnam’s 90’s art market boom.
The last stop is a contemporary art gallery which works with Vietnamese and international artists, nurturing experimentation and creating opportunities for emerging artists. End the tour with a final discussion about the future of Vietnamese art in an international context and what that means for the next generation of local artists.
Following this insightful look into the local arts scene, say farewell to the guide and return to the hotel.