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Meeting Point

Vietnam

David Spalding

DO HOANG TUONG, Urban Landscape, 2000, mixed media, 110 x 100 cm.

During the mid-1980s the Vietnamese government initiated doi moi (renovation), a series of social reforms that allowed artists creative freedoms that were unthinkable only a decade before. This liberation came with a profound challenge: given the opportunity, how would contemporary artists in Vietnam develop their own identities and visions? Prior to doi moi, two very powerful external forces largely defined modern art in Vietnam. The influence of French academic painting and the western…

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