Education / Giáo dục




Renaissance Year 12 students visit A. Farm, October 2018. / Học sinh lớp 12 Renaissance tham quan A. Farm, 10/2018.

Education is the core of Nguyen Art Foundation's philosophy, which aims to nurture a new generation of art enthusiasts from a young age. Through partnership with the EMASI schools and the Renaissance International School Saigon (Renaissance), art is intimately embedded into the daily lives of students, encouraging a high level of art appreciation, especially its social and political context, as part of their overall learning experience.

Significant artworks from the Foundation’s collection are displayed across campuses, as well as in dedicated on-site art spaces. The Foundation's first exhibition, People, Victory and Life after the War, is presented in the Foundation's dedicated art spaces at the EMASI campuses in Nam Long and Van Phuc. NAF's future exhibitions will also be presented in the art spaces, welcoming students to study art and its connection to their world. Through prolonged exhibition, students are invited to return and reinterpret artworks, expanding their understanding.

As part of the art exhibitions, the Foundation also includes educational programming for students to learn more about the arts. The educational program includes lectures, workshops, and panel discussions around topics like curatorial processes, art history, art techniques, Vietnamese art and its social context, and more.


2022

August

Talk with Le Thuan Uyen

‘Diem Phung Thi and the Metamorphosis of Signs’

In the previous discussion, as part of our public program series for 'Illuminated Curiosities', Andrew Yang shed light on practices that are at the intersection of art and science. That said, the convergence of the two disciplines is not always visible as scientific knowledge can take a much more subtle form of influence. Much like other artists featured in the current exhibition, whose visual presentation may not reveal a direct link to science, Diem Phung Thi’s art-making methodology registers a logic en par with scientific processes.Known as one of the most important sculptors of Vietnam, Diem Phung Thi (b. 1920, Vietnam; d. 2002, Vietnam) started making art in Paris at the age of 39 after abandoning a career in dentistry. She is renowned for her radical yet minimal seven modules system - dubbed as seven characters, seven musical notes, or seven signs - which enabled countless possibilities of form. To what extent has her former training and practice influenced, or perhaps informed Diem Phung Thi’s artistic articulations? Our lecturer, Le Thuan Uyen, will present a preliminary account of Diem Phung Thi’s journey into the arts and how science, particularly her former practice, might have played a role in her art. Uyen will also expand on the complex relationship between art and science in the mid-twentieth century in Europe, where Diem Phung Thi began her artistic endeavour.

This is the inaugural event of public and educational programs in association with Nguyen Art Foundation’s exhibition ‘Illuminated Curiosities’.



June

Talk with Andrew S. Yang & Ace Le + Nora Taylor

‘Crossing the imaginary chasms: Art at the intersections with Science’

The inaugural dialogue for Illuminated Curiosities's Public Program will dive into various intersections between art and science from three perspectives: curatorial, artistic, and research. Andrew S. Yang is an artist, biologist, and curator who will shed light on various intersections between art and science, drawing from his selective projects that correspond to the thematics in Illuminated Curiosities (The Body, The Ecology, and The History), as well as his artist residency at Yale-NUS in Singapore. After his lecture, Yang will be joined by Dr. Nora Taylor and curator Ace Le, where the panel discussion will move from personal approaches to regional / global tendencies where more art practitioners and institutions are interweaving art and science, particularly at three loci: mode of exhibition display, accessibility to art, and art making in the Anthropocene.

This is the inaugural event of public and educational programs in association with Nguyen Art Foundation’s exhibition ‘Illuminated Curiosities’.


May

NAF Welcomes Students from Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras - Ho Chi Minh City

On 2nd June, 2022, the students of Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras - Ho Chi Minh City visited both of Nguyen Art Foundation's spaces with artist Freddy Poustochkine and teacher Fanny Gouzou. They had a chance to not only analyze the artworks but also interact with the students from EMASI - Nguyen Art Foundation's Educational partner. This exchange was an enriching experience for both schools, forming a special connection through the arts.


A visit from Fulbright University to the exhibition 'Illuminated Curiosities'

It was our pleasure to welcome the students, along with Professor Pamela Corey and Professor Nora Taylor, from Fulbright University Vietnam. Guided by the curatorial team, this visit spanned across EMASI Nam Long and EMASI Van Phuc campuses to give the students an in-depth understanding of our current exhibition 'Illuminated Curiosities'.


NAF Welcomes Students from Hoa Sen University to the exhibition 'Illuminated Curiosities'

With education as one of our core values, Nguyen Art Foundation was pleased to welcome the students from Hoa Sen University to learn more about the exhibition Illuminated Curiosities'. During the tour, co-curator Duong Manh Hung explained the exhibition's concept and narrated the story behind each artwork. Afterward, everyone gathered outside the space to learn more about the curation and exhibition-making process.


March

Talk | Trò chuyện: Nora Taylor

'From Ethnography to the Archives: Researching Contemporary Vietnamese Art'

To wrap up the Nguyen Art Foundation’s series of public and educational programs in association with its inaugural exhibition ‘People, Victory and Life after the War’, this online talk by Professor Nora Taylor is intended to provide an introduction to the Vietnamese art from the colonial period to the present but will focus on the ways in which art has been studied and researched since the open door policy known as Doi Moi. Rather than being comprehensive, it will focus on the important figures who have contributed to the development of contemporary art and artistic ideas in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Diaspora.

This is the final event of public and educational programs in association with Nguyen Art Foundation’s inaugural exhibition "People, Victory and Life after the War".



Talk | Trò chuyện: Zoe Butt

‘How artists think, research and care’

Continuing the Nguyen Art Foundation’s series of public and educational programs in association with its inaugural exhibition ‘People, Victory and Life after the War’, Zoe Butt, Curator and Writer, give an online lecture on her experience working with Vietnamese artists. What issues did they have to consider in the production and showcase of their art? What issues were they passionate about and why? What communities do they feel they are most connected to? Where have they found encouragement and support in their decision to commit to art in Vietnam?

This is the third event of public and educational programs in association with Nguyen Art Foundation’s inaugural exhibition "People, Victory and Life after the War".



2021

December


Lecture | Trò chuyện: Thao Nguyen Phan

'Stars afar Closer: Fireflies'

This online talk by the critically-acclaimed visual artist Thảo Nguyên Phan unpacks both the arts of the image and the written words in her practice. In this talk, Phan brings together a selection of her artworks, including videos, paintings and sculptures. Phan also shares her personal reflection on the development of the contemporary art scene in Ho Chi Minh City, her experience educated in the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University, learning from the local alternative art spaces, and her experience exhibiting abroad. This is the second event of public and educational programs in association with the Nguyen Art Foundation’s inaugural exhibition "People, Victory and Life after the War".


November


Lecture | Trò chuyện: Pamela Nguyen Correy

"Contemporary Art’s Histories in Vietnam: A Southern Perspective"

In this lecture, Pamela Nguyen Corey provides a broad overview of developments in Ho Chi Minh City that were significant in the shaping of infrastructures, discourses, and practices of art that were considered distinctively “contemporary” in the late 1990s and more prominently in the first decade of the newmmillennium. This event kicks off a series of public and educational programs in association with the Nguyen Art Foundation’s inaugural exhibition "People, Victory and Life after the War".


June


Khi giáo dục sóng đôi nghệ thuật by Forbes Việt Nam

Ms. Nguyen Thuy Quynh shares how the Nguyen Art Foundation was founded and her path in collecting artworks in Forbes' June 2021 issue. For her, art is not just a hobby, she views art as an educational tool, integrating education and art through partnership with Renaissance International School and EMASI bilingual schools founded by her and her husband, Tuyen Nguyen.

April

Students at EMASI Interpret themes from “People,Victory and life After the War” Exhibition

7th-grade students at EMASI were tasked to createa mural for their art class project. To gain inspiration for their mural, the students visited NAF’s “People, Victory and Life after the War” exhibition. They analyzed and interpreted the themes from the exhibition and manifested them into their art pieces for their mural. Below are some ofthe creative pieces the students created for their mural.
Students from Renaissance Visit Artist Hoang Nam Viet’s Studio

Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts students at Renaissance visited artist Hoang NamViet’s studio to learn more about contemporary Vietnameseart. Through NAF’s educational partnerships with Renaissance and the EMASI schools, students are given unique opportunities to visit celebrated artists and explore the art world through a close lens.

Students from Tinkle Painting Arts Center Visit the Art Space at EMASI

Tinkle Painting, an arts center for children, visited the “People, Victory and Life after the War” exhibition at EMASI Nam Long. The students from the arts center shared their wide range of knowledge in the arts with the NAF staff and enthusiastically interacted with the exhibition.



March


NAF Welcomes Students from Fulbright University to the Art Exhibition at EMASI Nam Long

Students from Fulbright University visited NAF’s “People, Victory and Life after the War” exhibition at EMASI Nam Long. During the tour, NAF shared its view on using the exhibition as a learning process to help students and the public understand more about Vietnam’s art history and its social and political context. NAF encouraged students to establish a dialogue among different generations of artists, art lovers, and students.

2020

December


NAF Hosts Student Workshop with Art Curator Jeab Gridthiya

Students at Renaissance and EMASI attended NAF’s workshop with Bangkok-based curator Jeab Gridthiya for their art class. In the workshop, Jeab Gridthiya shared how to use the curatorial process and exhibition-making as tools for learning and how touse the 90-piece collection to understand the art history of Vietnam in its social and political context.

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