Venus (series)

Contributor: Vũ Dân Tân Foundation.

Contributor: Vũ Dân Tân Foundation.


Mixed media (recycled packages of cigarette, film, candy... in a wooden box). Dimension variable.


Suitcase of a pilgrim, series of 3-dimensional works, started in 1994, developed periodically till 2006. Cardboard packaging boxes (mostly cigarette boxes) were cut out, painted by the artist, and thus transformed into small size sculptures. They were arranged in wooden-boxes with glass lid which were used by street-sellers for trade of the cigarettes and other small goods in 1980s - 1990s that allowed them to quickly to pick up the box and disappear when the police approached. The series have multilayered meaning (described in literature). It consisted from sub-series depending on the type of images:
1) masks, monsters and lion-dogs;
2) insects;
3) Venus (series).
The works from this series first were exhibited at the 2nd Asia Pacific triennial, 1996, Brisbane, Australia and later at other local and international exhibitions.

Text by Iola Lenzi, PhD, Historian of Contemporary Southeast Asian Art. Lenzi has conducted extensive research on the contemporary practice of Vũ Dân Tân, located in the context of contemporary art in 1990s Hanoi.