How to be an Angel by Truong Tan

Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition How to be an Angel with lacquer paintings by the Vietnamese artist Truong Tan on 19 June – 11 July, 2010.

As an artist, Truong Tan is known above all for his erotic references to his sexuality, making use of his autobiographical experiences, perceptions and feelings to mark his artistic narrative. A native of Hanoi, Truong Tan was born in 1963 and graduated from the University of Fine Arts, Hanoi in 1989, where he subsequently worked as a lecturer. His departure in 1997 was largely due to his challenging art that openly expressed his gayness and questioned the contradictions of the then implemented economic liberalization policy or Doi Moi. By rejecting the more conservative assumption of art that were being adopted by his peers, Truong Tan moved to Paris under a grant from the Cite’ Internationale des Artes. Despite his reputation as the enfante terrible of the time, Truong Tan has today emerged as one of Vietnam’s most internationally acclaimed artists with his art as part of the permanent collections of major art museums that include the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan , the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia and the Singapore Art Museum. He has been a participant of numerous biennials in Asia and Europe.

His exhibition How to be an Angel is his first solo exhibition after five years and importantly represents a shift in his earlier explicative and clashing art-historical narrative. Truong Tan’s series of lacquer paintings in this exhibition not only trumpet his reconciliation with his cultural history, it also pronounces a mature and sophisticated voice that continues to remain true to his convictions and moral principles. Truong Tan lives and works in Paris as well as in Hanoi.

The exhibition catalogue as a pdf file can be downloaded for free from the website

The exhibition is curated by the independent curator Shireen Naziree.

The Silom Galleria Building,
Suite 308, 919/1 Silom Rd.
Bangkok 10500
Tel (662) 266 5454
Fax (662) 266 5455



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