Photo: So much to explore in Hanoi's art galleries.

Art galleries

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Hanoi offers an array of art galleries, from commercial ones pumping out appealing art and copies for the masses through to higher-end spaces, where you might pick up an original $5,000 piece from one of Vietnam's in-demand artists.

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Lovely independent contemporary art centre Manzi, set in a colonial-era two-storey building, has a small but carefully curated collection of works by emerging artists upstairs, and a relaxed cafe/bar downstairs. When we last passed through they were showing a beautiful temporary exhibition of works by 1986-born Vo Tran Chau, the highlight of which was a long con, or an emperor's ritual garment, sewed together from pieces of fabric handed down by her ancestors.

Works on display at Apricot Gallery. Photo taken in or around Art galleries, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Works on display at Apricot Gallery. Photo: Samantha Brown

Founded by Suzanne Lecht in Hanoi in 2002, Art Vietnam is open by appointment only. It presents emerging and well established Vietnamese and foreign artists and while we haven't yet checked it out, Suzanne is extremely well regarded in Vietnam's art circles and would be an important contact for anyone interested in more serious pieces. Art Vietnam's website gives you a good idea of the kinds of work Vietnamese artists are producing and what you can ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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