Friday, December 08, 2006
A difficulty of SAIGON OPEN CITY, a report form Vietnam
Reports from

U.S. president George W. Bush has just completed his visit to Vietnam, but he’s missing the opening of a massive, two-year-long art exhibition. Titled "Saigon Open City," the event kicks off with an exhibition called "Liberation," Nov. 26, 2006-Jan. 31, 2007. Organized by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and Thai curator Gridthiya Gaweewong, the show features works by 40 artists dating from 1946 to the present. Westerners in the show include Liam Gillick, John Giorno, Martha Rosler, Nancy Spero and Mary Stevenson, while the host of Vietnamese and other Asian artists in the show includes Dinh Q. Le and Montien Boonma. The exhibition takes place at four locations throughout Saigon: the War Remnants Museum, the Southern Women Museum, the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum and the Ton Duc Thang Museum.

Future shows in the three-part exhibition focus on themes of "Unification" and "(Re)construction." A special show of works by Yoko Ono is guest curated by David Ross. More information is available at

G- Reports on KQED- Pacific Times (kinda like this short but mischievous report):
Thu, Nov 30, 2006 -- 6:30 PM
Pacific Time 2006-11-30 : Art vs. the Authorities in Vietnam (yeah, that's it, okie, calm down, or i would be censorred!!!)
The international art show Saigon Open City just opened in Vietnam -- at least sort of. The invitations couldn't be sent out. The four-page program guide was reworked at the last minute and had only two afternoons of performances. Paintings and installations couldn't be mounted in the museums and galleries as planned. All because the authorities wouldn't issue approval for the exhibition.

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