On the (Main) Street Where You Live- Hanoi Grapevine 17Mar

KVT takes a stroll around the city’s commercial byways Nguyen The Son’s new exhibition at Goethe is worth seeing…from a distance and up really close, and as it’s a success story I’m going to amuse myself on a cold Saturday afternoon by circumnavigating around it and traversing through it in a wordy way. The art gurus sent out the word that it was a great show so I turrned up at the opening at Goethe and couldn’t see anything for heads, bums, bellies and legs, not to mention TV cameras and... Read The Rest →

Ha Noi puts best face forward-Vietnamnews 15Mar2012

HA NOI — An art exhibition entitled Nha Mat Pho (Houses Facing the Street) by Nguyen The Son, focusing on the rapidly changing nature of the capital, is on display at the Goethe Institute. Son has utilised “giclee print” technology in his work, which features huge billboards covering entire house fronts in various colours. Ha Noi’s residential buildings, which have long shaped the face of the city, are changing: instead of windows and balconies that facilitate communication between neighbours, tall billboards seal houses off, both towards the street, the outside... Read The Rest →

The Happy Family and, Always and Every- where, the “Empty Orchestra”… – Veronika Radulovic 2012

There was once a time when hardly anyone in Hanoi could imagine an international commercial advertising space with colorful flickering neon signs. Let alone think that it could not only cost money but even earn a lot of money. Hanoi seemed calm, rather colorless and quiet. Until the early 90s, the cityscape was dominated by hand- painted posters and text panels with Party slogans and the ideas of the government for a civilized society, which added both color and instruction for the people. “…for new successes…” or “…for an orderly... Read The Rest →

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