Museum of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Minh City
This tip is not going to talk about Sun Zhu's The Art of War, but about the cruelty of wars.
You can find some of these art pieces ironically found it place in museums (HCM Fine Arts Museum).
Vietnam War is one war that really shamed American beside the bombing of Pearl Harbor (WW II). What was the motivation for them to be involved in Vietnam War, till today many of them still don't really know?
Do check out my Cu Chi page to find out the level of intelligent these Cu Chi Guerrillas had during the peak of Vietnam War.
There are quite wide selections of exhibits in Fine Arts Museum and private galleries can hire a space for their exhibits.
Some young artists may try their luck to make it to their fame by parking their drawings here.
Do explore from room to room, one floor after another, you may see some really interesting topics that most art museum may not featured. I spend almost 2 hours here, although I am not someone who is very artistic nor able to appreciate art pieces. Still, time spend and take lots of pictures.
The Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum is a bit of a mixed bag. If you come hoping to see rooms of beautiful masterpieces you'll be sorely disappointed. This museum has a VERY small collection, and a fair bit of it is rather odd. There are some gems, however - it's interesting to see some of the violent and patriotic war-era paintings.
What makes this Gallery worth a visit, in my opinion, is not the artwork. It's worth it to see how much it differs from a gallery at home, and how much the arts can suffer during difficult times in history. It's housed in a beautiful old French Colonial building, which has unfortunately been allowed to deteriorate a lot inside. The paintings are hung in no particular order and the labelling is inconsistent and haphazard. Some rooms have no paintings at all.
While you are here, also check out the art shops underneath the main entrance. There is some really fantastic work by contemporary artists - much better than the art inside the gallery!
**Picture coming when I work out how to attach my camera to my computer...**
The highlight of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum is the building itself. It was the building of the architect that designed Ben Thanh Market and from the upper floors you can see the market. There is a fair amount of patriotic politically correct socialist art but there are also some good works here. The artist shops that are in the same building but aren't part of the museum have some excellent works that can be purchased for cheap.
The building is in fact the real star of the museum. The art collection is slim and houses mostly political art but the building is a classic example of the French colonial architecture.
An attempt at an Art Museum. The collection here is small and a lot of it is politcally correct socialist art. The real attraction here is the colonial building it is housed in.