Recognized as Vietnam’s leading contemporary art gallery, Galerie Quynh has spent two decades promoting contemporary art practice in the country. The gallery has participated in international art fairs like Asia Now Paris, Art Brussels, Art Hong Kong (now Art Basel Hong Kong) and Art Stage Singapore. The gallery is known internationally for its consistently focused programming ranging from drawing and painting to video and installation. Working with a select group of emerging, mid-career and established Vietnamese artists, the gallery also exhibits the work of distinguished artists from around the world. In keeping with its mission to support education and develop an infrastructure for the arts in Vietnam, the gallery collaborates with artists, curators, museums and art spaces locally and internationally to organize talks and lectures as well as to produce publications in English and Vietnamese.
In May 2014 the gallery founded the non-profit educational initiative, Sao La. Spearheaded by Ho Chi Minh City-based artists Nguyen Kim To Lan and Nguyen Duc Dat, Sao La currently comprises a young, diverse group of passionate creatives working loosely as an independent collective.
A new chapter began in December 2017 when the gallery moved to a 600 sqm space in Dakao, District 1. Spread over four floors, the gallery will be able to produce more ambitious programming and play an even more vital role in the cultural community.
Quynh Pham, the gallery’s Founder and Director, was born in Danang, Vietnam and relocated to the USA as a refugee at the end of the Vietnam War. Raised in California, she studied Art History/Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. She has been involved in the arts for over 20 years with experience working in galleries and museums such as the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 1997 Quynh returned to Vietnam to research the country’s art scene and in 2000 established an online resource of Vietnamese art. A physical gallery space opened in December 2003.
Quynh has spoken on contemporary Vietnamese art to groups from a number of institutions including the Asia Society, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has given private talks to the YPO/WPO and various business and school groups. She has also participated in symposiums hosted by institutions such as The Huntington Beach Art Center in California, TheatreWorks in Singapore, and Osaka University in Japan.
Quynh has been featured in numerous international art journals as well as in leading media such as The New York Times, PBS, Time Magazine, Forbes Vietnam, Reuters, Condé Naste Traveler, and RAI TV.