On Friday 8 September 2023, in the fourth webinar of our first season of webinars, 𝗪𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗿𝘁: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁’𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵, Dr. Phoebe Scott will discuss her research on Vietnamese artist Nguyễn Gia Trí (1908-1993). This event in English will be held in-person at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. If you are not in Paris, you may also join us online in Teams.
Forwarded below is the Bibilothèque Kandinsky’s newsletter in French with the link to register for in-person attendance at the Centre Pompidou: online registration.
For more information on Dr. Phoebe Scott and her presentation, please see our Facebook event or the following:
Nguyễn Gia Trí: Exceptionalism, Collectivism and the Challenges of the Monograph
Nguyễn Gia Trí (1908-1993) has a special place in the history of modern Vietnamese art, credited with being the first artist to transform the local material of lacquer from a decorative to a fine art medium. In doing so, he forged a new form of artistic modernism, specific to the Vietnamese context. Viewed from this perspective, Nguyễn Gia Trí fits the model of art history required by the traditional monograph form: often a linear treatment of the artist as an “exceptional” individual, whose body of work is analysed as a series of developments over a lifetime. At the same time, however, the creation of Vietnamese lacquer painting was also something produced collectively, associated with the colonial education system and a generation of artists who are typically treated as a stylistic and conceptual group. This talk will explore Nguyễn Gia Trí’s work from these two vantage points, showing tensions within the traditional model of the artist monograph. In addition, the talk will outline the methodological challenges to creating a monographic study of Nguyễn Gia Trí, related to the particular conditions in which the artist worked, such as the colonial-period market for Vietnamese art, the impact of war and ideological change.
Dr Phoebe Scott is a Senior Curator and Curator of Research Publications at the National Gallery Singapore. She was part of the curatorial team for the exhibitions Reframing Modernism: Painting from Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond (2016) - developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou – and Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century (2015), one of the inaugural exhibitions of National Gallery Singapore. She also curated the exhibition Radiant Material: A Dialogue in Vietnamese Lacquer Painting (2017), which featured the works of Nguyễn Gia Trí and Phi Phi Oanh. Prior to joining National Gallery Singapore, Phoebe completed her PhD on modern Vietnamese art at the University of Sydney and has published a number of articles on the subject. Phoebe is also an adjunct lecturer in art history at the National University of Singapore.
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Wishing you an excellent week,
Nicolas Ballet, PhD
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Cette série inaugurale de webinaires sur l’art moderne et contemporain de l’Asie du Sud-Est se propose d’éclairer l’importance de la monographie d’artiste dans la pratique de l’histoire de l’art.
Du 08 septembre 2023 au 08 septembre 2023
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Researcher of Modern & Contemporary Asian Art
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