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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Craig Thomas Gallery is pleased to announce details of our two upcoming events for July 2017. The first will be our annual anniversary group exhibition of Vietnamese visual artists which we are calling the Octonary Carousal, while the second will be the much-anticipated follow-up to Saigon-based painter Tran Minh Tam’s first solo exhibition at CTG in 2013 entitled House of Nguyen II.

Octonary Carousal

It has become an annual tradition each summer for CTG to have a group exhibition bringing together specially made works by some of our favorite artists from throughout the country. Our eighth edition, Octonary Carousal, will open on 7 July 2017 and will include painters and sculptors employing a variety of unique materials and practices. All the artists have created new works for Octonary Carousal, and, in addition, there will be preview pieces from the five artists whose solo shows will fill out the remainder of the gallery’s 2017 exhibition program.

Images and other details of the works by artists Bui Hai Son, Bui Thanh Tam, Bui Tien Tuan, Khoa Le, Le Thuy, Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong, Lim Khim Ka Ty, Luong Luu Bien, Ngo Van Sac, Nguyen Hung Son, Nguyen The Hung, Nguyen Tuan Dung, Pham Huy Thong and Tran Minh Tam, and will start popping up on our various social media platforms and our website in the coming days as the pieces begin to trickle in from around the country.

As the name implies, Octonary Carousal will be both an art opening and a cocktail-fuelled celebration of the many great memories from this beautiful gallery space. We also plan to enhance our normal hospitality on the night as a thank you to the many who have supported the gallery during its first eight years.

House of Nguyen II

After three years of meticulous preparations, Tran Minh Tam’s new collection House of Nguyen II will open at CTG on 28 July 2017. The collection is a deeper dive into the world of Vietnam’s last imperial dynasty with a special emphasis on the personages and costumes of the court. Tam has done substantial research relying on primary sources to ensure the most faithful representation of his magnificent subjects.

Tam’s paintings are made on wood with both traditional Vietnamese lacquer and oil paint, an artistic medium introduced by the French. Tam reflects that it was during the Nguyen dynasty when Vietnamese met Westerners for the first time. ‘They learnt from each other,’ he says with no hint of bitterness towards the colonial troops that caused the fall of the last dynasty. Learning is obviously important for Tam, and the past is full of good and bad experiences, none of which it pays to ignore. He would like this show to be the catalyst for viewers to learn, to research Vietnam’s history and to revisit the past.




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