You must first login or register to follow this artist. X
Ocula MagazineContentsView All
Featured ContentView All
Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
In Partnership with Artspace Sydney
Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

Fade out copy.
Read More
Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

Fade out copy.
Read More
Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

Fade out copy.
Read More
HomePage Artists

b. 1975, Vietnam

Danh Vo Biography

Combining personal histories with colonial narratives, Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo examines issues of authorship, authority, and questions of identity and belonging.

Read More

Born in 1975 in Ba Ria, Vo fled Vietnam at the end of the American Vietnam War. His family's journey to Europe in a home-made boat, and serendipitous rescue by a Danish freighter, are reflected in the elements of chance and encounter that occur throughout his practice. Documents, photographs, and found objects are mined for their discrepancies between reality and mythology, undermining assumptions about human relationships and behavioural norms.

Vo frequently collaborates with friends, family, and acquaintances to enable chance in his work. In his solo exhibition untitled at South London Gallery (SLG) in 2019, Vo took over the Main Gallery and Fire Station building of SLG, and presented a site-specific work on Pelican housing estate and Art Block—SLG's art space dedicated to children. The artist's friends, lover, father, and professor were all engaged in this exhibition, along with the residents of Pelican estate, who gained access to American sculptor Isamu Noguchi's bright red Play Sculpture (1975–1976), selected by Vo. Resembling a circular, undulating band with three legs, the work invites participants to rest or play on it—a manifestation of 'freedom of expression, openness and hybridity', as reflected across Vo's own practice. Photographs by Vo's partner, Heinz Peter Knes, of his nephew Gustav; alongside paintings by his former professor, Peter Bonde, are further example of Vo's personal alliances in his work.

Alongside personal references, the exhibition at SLG contained archival elements, bringing the past into the present in his inclusion of marble compositions made up of Antique, Medieval, and 19th-century statues, melded together with brass fittings. In an Ocula Conversation with Diana d'Arenberg in 2016, Vo explains that he feels that 'Modernism detaches itself from broader history' but that he doesn't 'think that should necessarily be the case.' In his installation You're gonna die up there/ Keep away! The sow is mine/ Fuck me, fuck me, fuck me/ Let Jesus fuck you, let Jesus fuck you! Let him fuck you/ Lick me, lick me/ Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?.... (2016), for instance, the artist combined lines from the film The Exorcist in the work's title with 450 Pleistocene mammoth fossils and a Dutch ivory crucifix from the 17th-century, to reflect on his Catholic upbringing and sexual identity, with the profane language of The Exorcist cited by the artist as having shown him the liberations of freedom of expression.

Archival materials, artefacts, and objects with specific historical connotations are also present throughout the artist's practice as references to colonial legacies and the history of globalisation. For instance, in Vo's installation composed of numerous carmine candles in varying shades of pink, titled Gardens with Pigeons in Flight (2018), the artist collaborated with artisans in Oaxaca in Mexico to bleach candles and dye them in cochineal—a reference to the pre-Hispanic tradition of cochineal dyes and their key role in European trade. The use of candles was also used a reference to Catholic faith, with cochineal having held prominence in the upper hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Europe.

Danh Vo studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark, and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Vo was the recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Foundation in New York, and the Arken Art Prize in 2015, and has held numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, at institutions including CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Guggenheim Museum, and Statens Museum for Kunst in 2018; National Gallery Singapore and Aspen Museum of Art in 2016; and the Danish Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale, Museum Ludwig, and Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2015.

His work has been exhibited at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; the Art Institute, Chicago; the Kunsthalle Bregenz; and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Tessa Moldan | Ocula

Danh Vo Featured Artworks

Untitled by Danh Vo contemporary artwork
Danh VoUntitled, 2020Gold and ink on cardboard, writing by Phung Vo - 589 g
25 x 40 x 26 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
Gustav's Wing by Danh Vo contemporary artwork
Danh VoGustav's Wing, 2013Papier mache
Marian Goodman Gallery Enquire about this work
Top Gun by Danh Vo contemporary artwork
Danh VoTop Gun, 2013Calligraphy in pencil and ink
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Ferse by Danh Vo contemporary artwork
Danh VoFerse, 2013Gold, ink, paper, writing by Phung Vo
176 x 148 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
2.2.1861, 2009– by Danh Vo contemporary artwork
Danh Vo2.2.1861, 2009–, 2018Ink on A4 paper
29.6 x 21 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Untitled by Danh Vo contemporary artwork
Danh VoUntitled, 2014Gold leaf on cardboard box
Variable dimensions
Not For Sale
Duddell's

Danh Vo Recent Exhibitions

View All (5)
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Closed
25 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Danh Vo, Solo Exhibition at WINSING ART PLACE, Taipei
Closed
16 January–5 April 2020 Danh Vo Solo Exhibition WINSING ART PLACE, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Danh Vō, Cathedral Block, Prayer Stage, Gun Stock at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Closed
19 September–1 November 2019 Danh Vō Cathedral Block, Prayer Stage, Gun Stock Marian Goodman Gallery, London

Danh Vo Represented By

Danh Vo In Ocula Magazine

View All (5)
Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
Sponsored Content | Winsing Art Foundation
Danh Vo at Winsing Art Place, Taipei: Exhibition Walkthrough

At the freshly opened Winsing Art Place in Taipei, works by Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo are being presented in Taiwan for the first time. In this video, the founder of Winsing Arts Foundation, Jenny Yeh, introduces Vo's exhibition.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ By Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, London

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging...

Fade out copy.
Read More

Danh Vo In Related Press

View All (14)
Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 7 June 2019, ARTnews

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

Fade out copy.
Read More
THE ARTIST QUESTIONING AUTHORSHIP Related Press THE ARTIST QUESTIONING AUTHORSHIP 29 January 2018, The New Yorker

Danh Vo had just started to gain recognition as a rising young artist when he decided, in 2010, to make a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty. He had been offered a one-man show at the Fridericianum, a huge exhibition space in Kassel, Germany. 'The curator said he had seen shows of mine, and that I could deal with big spaces without...

Fade out copy.
Read More
Danh Vō at White Cube, Hong Kong Related Press Danh Vō at White Cube, Hong Kong 15 November 2016, Flash Art International

For his first solo exhibition at White Cube in Hong Kong, Danh Vō presented politically charged works in which language and object are always in play. His gestures here are rooted in the leitmotifs of his prior productions, in particular identity and authorship. For Vō, a work’s materiality transforms it into something universal....

Fade out copy.
Read More
Danh Vō at White Cube, Hong Kong Related Press Danh Vō at White Cube, Hong Kong 9 November 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

Danh Vō is no stranger to the concept of possession—of objects, of artwork and of souls. Last year, the artist finally settled a prolonged battle against a lawsuit brought about by art collector Bert Kreuk, who had allegedly commissioned Vō to create a major installation piece for him (due to be shown in a prime position at an exhibition of...

Fade out copy.
Read More

Be among the first to know when new artworks and exhibitions by Danh Vo are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.
iCal GoogleYahooOutlook