Danh Vo's First Show at the Guggenheim in New York
Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo (b. 1975, Bà Rịa, Vietnam) showcased his first retrospective Take My Breath Away at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Almost 40 years ago, Vo and his family escaped Vietnam on a boat after their home was ravaged by war. Vo carries the pain of distance, family displacement, and loss throughout all of his pieces. He is obsessed with the way that objects carry memory. Each one of Vo’s sculptures are found objects that he then alters in someway in order to change their original meaning and context.
The controversy behind Vo’s work is where the original objects came from. The seemingly random chandeliers were bought from the Hotel Majestic in Paris. The chandeliers used to hang in the same room where the Paris Peace Accords was signed in 1973, which ended the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
After collectors from The Museum of Modern Art demanded Vo’s work, he entered the art market in 2012. Soon later, Vo’s gold-leaf American flag on cardboard was sold for over $930,000.
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