As a part of globalization and integration, Vietnam is changing day by day. In the past, the country wasn’t always easy to find publicly displayed art, especially modern or controversial work. But now, the country seems to become youthful and lively more than ever, and Ho Chi Minh City is leading the country’s way. These are the best places to see public art in the city.
1. 3A Alternative Art Area
Located in District 1, this 3A Alternative Art Area is comprised of a few abandoned warehouses that have been converted into artistic hubs. There are a number of galleries, boutiques, and cafés, all devoted to channelling the arts. The buildings have been decorated with graffiti and are often repainted by local artists. There are many host events as well, including live music, fashion shows, launches and even talk shows.
Address: 3A Ton Duc Thang, Ben Nghe, District 1
2. Galerie Quynh
This gallery is one of the oldest galleries in the city, established in 2009. Now, it still offers plenty of contemporary artwork. You can find pieces from many emerging new artists and well-known names alike, and a number of exhibitions are held throughout the year. The work is often created by Vietnamese with a message behind. For example, Craig Thomas Gallery recently featured a number of paintings by Pham Huy Thong that depicted ‘the plight of rural farmers’ in Vietnam.
Address: Floor 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi Street, District 1
Includes a studio, library and exhibition space, ZeroStation is a hotspot for new contemporary art and a creative corner for up-and-coming resident artists. The complex is well-known for host film workshops and book launches, along with art exhibitions, with an overarching aim to ‘enrich and sophisticate the dialogues between contemporary life and art’.
Address: No. 12, Road 43, Lam Van Ben, Binh Thuan Ward, District 7
4. Saigon Outcast
Placed in District 2, Saigon Outcast is a ‘creative space, magical craft beer garden and graffiti paradise’ (as it described). This event venue hosts everything from rock climbing and movie evenings to life-drawing classes and acoustic nights. One of the most striking things about Saigon Outcast, though, is the graffiti covering many of the surfaces. This place includes some of the most impressive wall art in the city. It also hosts events from music festivals to local theatre, sports, barbecues and everything in-between, this is the place to come to be you!
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