Photo: At Salon Saigon.

Saigon Art Galleries

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Saigon’s contemporary art scene is evolving rapidly and the city’s list of galleries is growing. Here’s a sampler of where art-philes can go to gawk or buy.





Firstly, any one interested in art should visit the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts and its collection that includes the colonial period, combat art and 90’s abstract, housed in an exquisite French colonial/Chinese mansion. We also recommend Sophie’s Art Tour, an enlightening half day presentation that brings visitors up to speed on the major changes the country has gone through in the past two centuries and explains how Vietnamese art has evolved up to present day. The tour includes the museum as well as other select galleries.

Browsing Le Hien Minh’s gallery. Photo taken in or around Saigon Art Galleries, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Browsing Le Hien Minh’s gallery. Photo: Cindy Fan

One of the stops on our Sophie’s Art Tour was a gallery and antique shop owned by Vietnamese artist Le Hien Minh. Atiq Sai Gon (formerly Antique Street) features both her own work and the work of other artists.

Across the river in District 2, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is a multipurpose hub of exhibitions, workshops, talks and performances in a funky, industrial space, likely one of the city’s largest devoted to art. There’s usually always an exhibition to drop in on (as well as their vegan cafe). Check their website for special events.

More blank space at The Factory. Photo taken in or around Saigon Art Galleries, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

More blank space at The Factory. Photo: Cindy Fan

Located in the residence of US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr during the 1960s, the house has been transformed into Salon Saigon, a chic, elegant gallery showcasing contemporary art, with a focus on drawing. There’s a permanent collection and usually an exhibition. It’s also a library and venue for special talks and screenings. Officially Salon Saigon is only open on Tuesdays but just give them a call on other days except Sundays ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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