PVD’s public panel with Frieze Academy at National Gallery Singapore

We are excited about representing as Vietnamese collection to discuss the responsibilities, challenges, risks, and alternative modes of public and private museums in the context of Southeast Asia and beyond. Although Post Vidai has been actively collecting, preserving and supporting Vietnamese contemporary art in the last 25 years, and we acknowledge the need of museum for contemporary art in the country, Post Vidai remains the decision not to have a space to display the collection to the public yet but find alternative ways to nurture the development of Vietnamese contemporary art.

Stream the video to learn more about PVD’s presentation and our colleagues in neighbouring countries such as Bellas Artes Projects (The Philippines), Singapore Art Museum (Singapore) and further in Europe the Glasgow International (Scotland) unpacking their institutions’ collaboration between the state and the private sectors.



PVD’s recent acquisitions focus on artists’ relationship with Vietnam

Post Vidai is glad to welcome new artworks by Cian Duggan, Ed Smyth and soon by Wu Chi-Tsung to the collection. While Irish Cian and Ed have been based in Vietnam in the last years to be part of the blossoming Saigon art scene, well-acclaimed Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung stepped on board as part of Mot+++, to support local community. He is currently making different series of works on paper and video in Vietnam, during and after his residency at Mot+++. On collecting pieces by these artists, Post Vidai once again unsettles the definition of ‘Vietnamese-ness’ by considering this characteristic in the history of the country (think of Viet Kieu, the Vietnamese-origin who themselves or their families left Vietnam after the war) and in the context of the nation’s social changes (think of international artists based in Vietnam for personal or professional reasons).

Click here to see works of Cian Duggan and Ed Smyth.

Wu Chi-Tsung at a.farm with his Vietnamese and Taiwanese colleagues
The new PVD commissioned work by Wu Chi-Tsung being created at Mot+++ during his residency in Vietnam

New acquisitions give various facets of the past of Vietnam

Post Vidai has recently added new works to the collection by artist Dinh Q. Le and veteran war photographer Vo An Khanh. While Vo An Khanh’s photographs ‘Ripping The American Iron Bird’ and ‘Office Of Central Propaganda Department In Mangrove Jungle’ were captured in 1966 and 1971 reflecting the determination under hardship of revolutionary force National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, Dinh Q. Le’s sculptural installation ‘Adrift in Darkness’ is weaved from refugee trauma as the aftermath of Viet Nam War to the people. These acquisitions affirm Post Vidai’s emphasis on historical enrichment by learning it through art and culture. Complex perspectives on history are exposed critically as such declaration of image power.

Produced at STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore. © STPI / Dinh Q. Lê

Phan Thao Nguyen wins the Grand Prize at 2018 Signature Art Prize

Post Vidai congratulations artist Phan Thao Nguyen for her recipient of the highest position – the Grand Prize of $60,000SGD at 2018 Signature Art Prize.

Jurors included Ms Mami Kataoka, chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum; Mr Bose Krishnamachari, president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation; Ms Joyce Toh, head of content and senior curator at the Singapore Art Museum; Dr Gerard Vaughan, who is director of the National Gallery of Australia; and artist and independent curator Wong Hoy Cheong.

The final selections were based on criteria including strength of the idea and concept; creative use of medium, material and technique; artistic insight and interpretation; and originality of artwork.

Tropical Siesta reimagines rural Vietnam as described by a French Jesuit missionary in the 17th century. Child actors are captured in farming work as well as re-enactments of a folktale. Jurors praised the “poetic” style of the work. Ms Toh called Nguyen “a powerful, poignant storyteller”.

She added: “Sensuously visual, the film pulls the viewer into its enigmatic world – a world governed entirely by children. Even as it explores a number of complex issues in Vietnamese history, the work feels fresh and very much alive.”

(Strait Times Singapore)

The painting ‘Boy sitting on mirror’ of Post Vidai collection is proudly part of the exhibited and winning work.

Photo Courtesy: cobosocial

The Propeller Group’s AK-47 vs. M-16 is also among the 15 finalists of the prize. Visit the exhibition that last until September to see these amazing artworks!

The Propeller Group, AK-47 vs M-16 (2015). Photo Courtesy: the artist


Artworks from Post Vidai travel internationally

Post Vidai is happy to have our amazing artworks lent to different exhibitions around the world.

Truong Cong Tung’s Blind Map is featured in A Beast, A God and A Line – an exhibition curated by Cosmin Costinas that travels from Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Para Site (Hong Kong), Pyinsa Rasa Art Space in the Secretariat (Myanmar) and finally to Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland).



‘Blind Map’ at A Beast, A God and A Line exhibition, Para Site Hong Kong
‘Blind Map’ at A Beast, A God and A Line at MoMA Warsaw. Photo credit: Trevor Yeung

In the meantime, Phan Thao Nguyen’s ‘Boy sitting on a mirror’ is exhibited along with her video work and other paintings of the series ‘Tropical Siesta’ at Signature Art Prize 2018, organized by Singapore Art Museum. She is among the selected 15 finalists of the award.

Post Vidai’s Co-founder on Forbes Magazine

Forbes October issue has featured a lengthy 6-page article interviewing our collection co-founder Olivier Mourgue d’Algue on his thoughts about art and art collecting, as well as briefly reflecting the current state of Vietnamese contemporary art. The article can be read online here.

New collection acquisitions with 3 female voices

Post Vidai is very glad to announce our latest acquisitions with 3 strong voices of female artists, including Nguyen Phuong Linh, Phan Thao Nguyen & Sung Tieu. For Phan Thao Nguyen and Nguyen Phuong Linh, this is not the first time we are interested in their works. We have been following their artistic development through years: Phuong Linh’s Salt (2009) and Thao Nguyen’s 30 Days of Looking Down (2013). With Sung Tieu – German-Vietnamese artist, Post Vidai adds 2 major works of hers to the collection, marking our firm belief in the emerging talent.

Have a look at our new amazing artworks!

Nguyen Phuong Linh, Sanctified Clouds, 2012 – 2015, View at current exhibition of Post Vidai ‘The Picture Will Still Exist’ at dia projects
Phan Thao Nguyen, Boy sitting on mirror, 2016
Sung Tieu, Emotion Refuge, 2015
Sung Tieu, Coral Sea As Rolling Thunder, 2017


Bang Nhat Linh’s ‘The Vacant Chair’ travels to Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Post Vidai is happy to announce that one of our collected piece ‘The Vacant Chair‘ by artist Bang Nhat Linh will travel to Tokyo this summer to ‘SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now’, a major exhibition surveying in large scale contemporary art in Southeast Asia from 1980s up to now.

Apart from Bang Nhat Linh‘s this piece, many artists from Post Vidai collection also participate in this show, namely Dinh Q. Le, Tiffany Chung, Hoang Duong Cam and Tuan Andrew Nguyen.

The idea conceptualizing this exhibition:

Sunshower – rain falling from clear skies – is a frequently-seen meteorological phenomenon in Southeast Asia. The post-WWII  decolonization led the countries to democratization and internationalization despite periods of turmoil, but with the rapid economic  and urban development that they have undergone in more recent years came truly drastic changes. It thus serves as a poetic metaphor  for the region that has passed through various vicissitudes as well. This exhibition seeks to explore the development of contemporary art in Southeast Asia since the 1980s  against the backdrop of the currents and fluctuations of the times from 9 different perspectives, and aims to capture its dynamism and diversity.



Nguyen Phuong Linh wins Han Nefkens Foundation-BACC Award for Contemporary Art 2018

Post Vidai congratulates artist Nguyen Phuong Linh for a major milestone in her career with a new art prize from Hans Nefkens Foundation.

Chinese artist, Tao Chao, was the first inaugural in 2013 with Anup Mathew Thomas, Indian artist who won the second biennale in 2015. And in 2017, Linh Phuong Nguyen, the first woman conquering the third Han Nefkens Foundation-BACC Award for Contemporay Art, was selected from 7 finalists by 6 juries, that is; Han Nefkens, Luckana Kunavichayanont, Hilde Teerlinck, Eugene Tan, Dihn Q. Le and Erin Gleeson. The committees had unanimous resolution that Linh Phuong Nguyen is the winner as the jury statement below;

“Linh Phuong Nguyen has been chosen unanimously for her potential of exploring and expanding her practice. Her most recent works at the Singapore Biennale gave juries the glimpse of future direction of her work. Juries believe that following her current practice, together with the residency she will be having in Bangkok, she will develop fruitfully through the new environment.”

Anticipating her potential, Post Vidai started to acquire Phuong Linh’s works in her first themed exhibition ‘Salt’ since 2009. Read more of Nguyen Phuong Linh’s works in the collection here.