This gallery, located in the heart of District 1, makes clever use of its long, narrow interior by placing art work on sliding panels to reveal several paintings underneath. The gallery owners are friendly and informative and will gladly provide details of each piece, as well as a brief history of several artists hailing from all over the country. This private gallery has operated since the ’90s and also features a range of works from portrait style canvas paintings to contemporary pieces.
This is the top-rated art museum within the city. Here, you can catch a glimpse of what the local art scene looks like and what local artists are creating. This dauntingly huge complex features an appealing mix of French and Chinese architectural styles, as it was owned by a Chinese-born businessman who was one of the city’s richest men at the time it was constructed.
This elegant, stylish gallery located in District 1 houses impressive works from both well-known local artists and newcomers. Originating in Hanoi, this gallery occupies five storeys and features large canvas paintings displayed as though they were in a big-budget museum. Keep your eyes peeled for some lesser known contemporary works by up-and-coming local talent.
This expansive private art collection is one of the best in the country. Duc Minh was one of Vietnam’s most important art collectors, saving pieces from potential destruction during the Vietnam war. His son, Bui Quoc Chi, has continued the family legacy by preserving the vast amount of pieces that range from from 1920–1990. The current collection has expanded to feature more contemporary works and occasionally, Quoc Chi offers guided tours. If you do find a tour date, grab it; tickets are a little pricey, but they sell out fast.
Bottom line, Saigon is a rapidly expanding city and its art scene shows every sign of keeping up with its quick growth. Anyone with an eye or appreciation for art and its many forms will be delighted to take in the murals, galleries, graffiti and sculptures that make Saigon a one-of-a-kind art destination.