Sneak A Peek! The Best Art Galleries in Saigon | DO
Say hi to Saigon’s evolving art scene. More and more art galleries are popping up in Saigon. No wonder as its art scene is growing rapidly. We’re loving this cultural development and listed the best art galleries in Ho Chi Minh where you can gawk, or buy.
Craig Thomas Gallery
Founder Craig Thomas is one of the long-term foreign residents in Saigon and followed his passion to open a high-quality art gallery. Hidden in a side street in District 1, you will find a charming art gallery with beautiful paintings of well-known names as well as some impressive newcomers. Craig Thomas’s collection consists of Vietnamese artists only. Definitely worth a visit.
27i Tran Nhat Duat Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1
This ‘galerie‘ has proven to stand out with many well-received exhibitions with acclaimed Vietnamese and international artists. The 5-floor building hosts the perfect space to enjoy the impressive artwork displayed by founder and owner Quynh Pham. Exhibitions change every 6 weeks so visiting this beautiful gallery every now and then will definitely feed your cultural needs.
118 Duong Nguyen van Thu, Da Kao, District 1
The Apricot Gallery located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city has a sister gallery in Hanoi. It is beautifully set-up and displayed almost as a museum. Some of the art is spectacular and you will find many well-known artists here as well as up-coming artists. This gallery has an obvious commercial approach and therefore a good option if you’re looking to buy a nice piece of Vietnamese art.
50 – 52 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1
The Factory Contemporary Arts Center
Established in 2016 in an old warehouse, The Factory Contemporary Arts Center has definitely made a name in the art scene since then. The premises have the perfect ambiance for contemporary art and with multiple exhibitions happenings simultaneously and changing regularly, this art space is definitely worth a visit. Especially if you’re into hardcore contemporary art.
15 Nguyen U’Di, Thao Dien, District 2
Salon Saigon is not only an art gallery; it’s a place, a salon for art to enjoy performances, educational programs, art exhibitions and more. The salon has a history, it is established in one of the three houses that belonged to US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr during his stay in Saigon from 1963 to 1967. The name “Salon Saigon” refers to the Salons (gatherings) that flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The contemporary art is impressive, you won’t regret visiting this salon.
6D, Ngo Thoi Nhiem, P.7, District 3
Couleurs by Réhahn
The world-renowned Fench photographer Réhanh is famous for a reason. His photographs of Vietnam and its people are not merely stunning, there’s a story behind each photo too. The portraits are endearing and moving and the landscape photos are absolutely breathtaking. Visiting the gallery on Dong Khoi is definitely worth your while and you can even treat yourself to one of the photos or postcards while you’re there.
151 Dong Khoi (Floor 1) District 1
Duc Minh Gallery
Founder Duc Minh was one of Vietnam’s most important art collectors and saved art from getting destructed during the Vietnam war. The current collection mainly consists of contemporary art and even though this is one of the best and most special galleries in Vietnam, it is a private collection. There are occasional guided tours though so get your hand on the -pricey-but-worth-it tickets whenever you get the chance.
31C Le Quy Don, 3 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
*Painting featured on top of this article: made by Dutch artist Maud van der Lely, www.maudvanderlely.com