The art scene in Vietnam is soaring as local artists are growing their fame through unique creations that reflect their culture and society. We’ve covered some of Ho Chi Minh City’s contemporary art gallery scene before, though let’s also take a look at some of the best galleries to venture into in Hanoi:
DOCLAB was established in 2009 and ever since has been showcasing documentaries, experimental films, and video art. Straying away from the conventional, DOCLAB focuses on promoting filmmakers as opposed to painters or sculptors. They regularly host screenings to feature experimental films, video art series, documentaries, and independent films. With larger audiences, artists often leave a dedicated time for Q&As. Local and international filmmakers can take part in seminars that they’re interested in, as well as events and workshops to improve or learn new skills.
Location: 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi
CUC Gallery is a prominent contemporary art gallery that features a variety of artworks: paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos, and prints. These artworks come from a diverse selection of artists that range from fairly new to well-established. CUC Gallery collaborates with other art entities both in and outside Vietnam and carefully selects high-quality art pieces to give their audience the best experience possible. They also host unique exhibitions to heighten what they have to offer.
Location: A4703 (Floor 47), Keangnam Hanoi Tower A, Duong Dinh Nghe, Tu Liem District, Ha Noi
Nguyen Art Gallery
Nguyen Art Gallery opened in 2006, promoting paintings and sculptures from Vietnamese artists. Many of the painters use traditional Vietnamese art supplies such as lacquer and charcoal to develop their work. Through creative masterpieces, these artists express their interpretation of Vietnamese culture and draw upon spiritual, aesthetic, social, and political concerns that are important to them. Nguyen Art Gallery aims to publicize the culture of art in Vietnam to their audiences, even bringing in new local artists to support them. They also host regular exhibitions and their artwork can be purchased at the gallery itself or online.
Location: 31A Van Mieu, Dong Da District, Ha Noi
Green Palm Gallery
Green Palm Gallery was opened by an art critic in 1996 and now has two showrooms, both of which are on popular streets in Hanoi. Its prestige leads it to be one of the most prominent galleries where art collectors and artists in Vietnam gather to broaden their vision of Vietnamese contemporary art. Green Palm Gallery caters to the needs of amateur art explorers as well as professional art connoisseurs by having introductory briefings and expert art consultants. Their customer service is what sets them apart.
Locations: 15 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi | 39 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
Apricot Gallery features a set of of top Vietnamese artists as well as some newcomers who are just now getting recognized in the art world. For those who are willing to invest their money in original Vietnamese artworks, Apricot Gallery is the place to be. They have three floors where visitors can browse modern works and gain assistance from staff members who are there to advise those who wish to purchase art. Apricot Gallery also hosts various exhibitions so everyone can immerse themselves into Hanoi’s art scene.
Location: 40B Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi