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 expect to see.

It's no longer an official gallery, but you might find the door open at Salon Natasha, the Old Quarter home of Russian art expert and dealer Natasha Kraevskaia, who was married to the late provocative avant garde artist Vu Dan Tan. The shopfront remains scattered with artworks, and Natasha is passionate about Vietnamese art.

The Manzi gallery shop. Photo taken in or around Art galleries, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

The Manzi gallery shop. Photo: Samantha Brown

Sumptuous Apricot Gallery offers commercially popular art downstairs, and as you head upstairs floor after floor the collection become more expensive; this is one of Hanoi's more extensive art galleries. You could easily lose an hour or two here immersed in the stunning ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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