PRIMAE NOCTIS
PRIMAE NOCTIS
Nguyen Thai Tuan

Nguyen Thai Tuan

born in 1965 in Quang Tri (Vietnam)

In the monography on Nguyen Thai Tuan, the Italian art critic Demetrio Paparoni states:

“Against the backdrop of Nguyen Thai Tuan’s Paintings there is always Vietnam, with its symbolic places and its history. The stories in these pictures draw upon real events, news images and images of daily life that are normally filtered through photographs, newspapaers, television or Internet. While always referring to historical events and real occurrences, the subject of his works is not the event as such, but rather its repercussios that generate the shadowy areas in the psyche of the individual while influencing that individual’s everyday life. Accrdingly, Nguyen Thai Tuan’s interest is directed towards the behaviors and the existensial dynamics of both those who induce these events and those who endure them.

In remarking that current condition is the result of the sedimentation of historical evets and happenings, Nguyen Thai Tuan intermingles the past and the present, rendering the painting a critical space in which his reflections take shape.”

For instance, the Black Painting n. 40(1955), critically refers to the Vietnam Land Reform of 1955.  The 5-phase land reform resulted in a bloodbath all over North Vietnam.

Genuine information related to this event is extremely scarce and is almost impossible to establish a clear picture of this massacre. Because of thecniques of falsification and censorship under Ho Chi Minh’s regime, the world was completely unaware of this catastrophe.

Hundreds of thausands people, accused of being landlords, were summarily executed or sent to concentration camps for “rieducation”.

Hoang Van Hoan – a former member of the Hanoi communist Politburo who fled the country in September 1979 – described the situation in that period:

“unjust and false verdicts imposed on the victims were concealed and were never brought to light for verification. Those who had been erroneously classified and accused were never exonerated. Grievances against the Party accumulated during the reform campaign have taken root in everyone’s heart and have remained intense to this moment.”

In this painting the past permeates the present, till the point to superimpose on it, creating an emotional correspondence on the contemporary individual that has to fight for his individuality against an always unknown power. 

1965
Born in Quang Tri, Vietnam

1987 
Graduated from Hue Fine Arts College

Lives and works in Da Lat, Vietnam

Solo exhibitions (selection):

2015

Simulacrum, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, CH

2014

Heritage, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2011

Fullness of Absence, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, VN

2008

Black Painting, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, VN
Black Painting, New Discovery, Shanghai Art Fair, CN

Collective exhibition (selection):

2014

Chorographies Suspendues, Carre d’Art, Nimes, FR

2012

7th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU
Deep S.E.A, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
Four Rising Talents from South East Asia, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

2011

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, Bui Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam

2010

Within Emptiness, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, HK

2009

Time Ligaments, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, (co-organized by Sàn Art, Vietnam), HK

2007 

Voices of Minorities, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, AU

2005

New Figuration in Vietnamese Painting and Sculpture, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, AU
Convergence 2005, Workshop and Exhibition with International and Local Artists, Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, VN

2002

Introspections of the Soul, Gallery Viet Nam, New York, USA, and Blue Space Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, VN

2001

Liquid, Workshop and Exhibition with International and Local Artists, Blue Space Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, VN

1998

Meeting Point, Workshop and Exhibition with Thai and Local Artists, Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City and University of Fine Arts, Ha Noi, VN

1995

National Fine Arts Exhibition, Exhibition House, Ha Noi, VN

1990

National Fine Arts Exhibition, Exhibition House, Ha Noi, VN
Two Artists, Exhibition House, Da Lat, VN

Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No. 124

Black Painting No. 124

2021
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No. 124
2021 - Oil on canvas - 150 × 120 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Interior n.15

Interior n.15

2020
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Interior n.15
2020 - Oil on canvas - 170 × 150 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Souls N. 7

Black Souls N. 7

2017
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Souls N. 7
2017 - Oil on canvas - 120 × 150 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Souls N. 7

Black Souls N. 7

2017
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Souls N. 7
2017 - Oil on canvas - 120 × 150 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Untitled

Untitled

2015
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Untitled
2015 - Oil on canvas - 150 × 200 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No.63

Black Painting No.63

2008
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No.63
2008 - Oil on canvas - 116 x81 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No.42

Black Painting No.42

2008
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No.42
2008 - Oil on canvas - 130 x 80 cm
Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No.57

Black Painting No.57

2008
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Nguyen Thai Tuan - Black Painting No.57
2008 - Oil on canvas - 130 x 100 cm