The Apricot Gallery is opening a flagship gallery in Albemarle Street, Mayfair. As the only gallery in the UK to specialise solely in contemporary Vietnamese Art, Apricot Gallery offers a unique platform to view the very best of a young, dynamic school of art and access a vital branch of the growing Asian market.
Launching on Thursday 22nd April 2010 in 27 Albemarle Street, Genesis will introduce iconic works from five artists, representing internationally established and emerging talents, running until Saturday 22nd May 2010. Featured artists include: Do Quang Em, a former political prisoner and founding father of the Vietnamese Young Artists Association, Hong Viet Dung and Dang Xuan Hoa, original members of Hanoi’s notorious ‘Gang of Five’, Pham Luan, the chronicler of Hanoi and rising talent Le Quy Tong (pictured).
As a sister to five galleries operating in Vietnam, Apricot Gallery London represents influential Vietnamese artists, with whom it has developed long standing relationships. Operating with integrity at the forefront of Vietnamese art, work from Apricot gallery is sought after at auction in Hong Kong and Singapore and represented in many international corporate and private collections, including those of H.R.H. Prince Andrew, the former US President Bill Clinton, the King of Morocco, the King of Malaysia, and The Crown Prince of Denmark.
This exhibition of key works offers a new experience for the collector and a regeneration of the London Art Market, opening its borders to a lesser known school of art, actively pursued by the Asian cognoscenti; whose modernism dates from the French colonial period and the foundation of the École des Beaux Arts de l’Indochine by one of Matisse’s classmates – Victor Tardieu in 1925.
Vietnam is an ancient civilisation dating back to second century BC, with a deep-rooted and symbolic artistic tradition. A new freedom of expression signalled by the economic expansion of the Doi Moi movement in the 1980s shaped a generation of artists with a very individualistic identity, drawn from French Colonial and Chinese cultural influences and the strength in surviving three decades of war. Individuality is at the heart of this generation and the ‘Genesis five’ embody an elite arc of this interesting and evolving field of art.
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Stephanie Prentice Russell Cassleton Elliott
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