Born in Vietnam and brought up in Denmark, Danh Vō’s conceptual artworks and installations often draw upon elements of personal lived experience (his own, the lives of his parents and other family members) to explore broader historical, social or political themes, particularly those relating to the history of Vietnam at the close of the twentieth century. Born in 1975, the year that marked the end of the American Vietnam War, Vō’s family became the victims of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War that broke out immediately afterwards. They fled the country in a homemade boat when Vo was four years old; he has no memories of his early childhood in Vietnam. The vessel was rescued at sea by a Danish freighter, the nationality of which determined the fate of the refugees – the ramifications of this random encounter are reflected in the role that chance and coincidence continue to play in Vō’s practice. Frequently comprised of documents, photographs, found objects (with emotional or historical significance), lettering or appropriations of works by other artists, Vō’s installations often address issues relating to identity and belonging, authorial status, ownership and the role of personal relationships. He is particularly interested in the discrepancies between myth and reality, between the past and the present, and between the identities and histories imposed upon him by others and those that he creates for himself.

Danh Vo
Danh Vō
Bà Rja, 1975
Vietnam

Current Exhibitions

Danh Vo: Untitled

South London Gallery

19 Sep — 24 Nov
This is the first major solo exhibition in London by Danish artist Danh Vo (b.1975, Bà Ria, Vietnam). For the occasion the artist has been collaborating with collaborators to co-create his works, including his family, artists and...
19 Sep — 01 Nov
Marian Goodman Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Danh Vo (lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City). During the same period, South London Gallery...

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Red Bean Grows in the South

Faurschou Foundation New York
03/11/2019 — 11/04/2020

Past Exhibitions

Danh Vo: Garden with Pigeons in Flight

Estancia FEMSA – Casa Luis Barragán
05/11/2018 — 13/01/2019

Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint

M+ Pavilion
16/11/2018 — 22/04/2019

Kotodama

Para Site
16/06/2018 — 26/08/2018

Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
09/02/2018 — 09/05/2018

(X) A Fantasy

DRAF: David Roberts Art Foundation
08/09/2017 — 07/10/2017

Solo Shows

2019
To each his due, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

2018
Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, M+, Hong Kong
Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Danh Vō, M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong
Garden with pigeons in flight, Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

2016
Danh Vo. White Cube, Hong Kong
Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery Commission, National Gallery Singapore
We The People, Roof Deck Sculpture Garden, Aspen Museum of Art

2015
Danh Vo: Homosapiens, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Danh Vō, Danish Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Ydob eht ni mraw si ti, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Danh Vo, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Banish the Faceless: Reward your Grace, Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
2.2.1861. Mirrored Gardens, Guangzhou, China

2014
Danh Vo and Jamie Stewart: Metal, The Kitchen, New York
Danh Vo, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Danh Vo: We The People, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park & Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York
Danh Vo: وادي الحجارة, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

Group Shows

2019
kurimanzutto at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, kurimanzutto
Galerie Chantal Crousel at ARCOmadrid 2019, Galerie Chantal Crousel

2018
kurimanzutto at West Bund Art & Design 2018, kurimanzutto
kurimanzutto at Art Basel 2018, kurimanzutto

2017
Mechanisms. CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California
(X) A Fantasy. David Roberts Arts Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Sunset Décor. Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
O Olhar do Artista: Obras da Coleção de Serralves, (Artists’ Choice: Works from the Serralves Collection). Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
Everything you need to know about FY Foundation: An Exhibition. Frank F Yang Art and Education Foundation in Shenzhen, China
Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Akron Art Museum, Ohio
The Restless Earth. La Triennale in Milan. Produced by Fondazione Trussardi
Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions at IFPDA Print Fair 2017, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions
Galleri Feldt at Design Miami/ Basel 2017, Galleri Feldt
kurimanzutto at ZⓢONAMACO 2017, kurimanzutto
kurimanzutto at FOG Design+Art 2017, kurimanzutto

2016
Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions at Art Basel 2016, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions
Galerie Chantal Crousel at ARCOmadrid 2016, Galerie Chantal Crousel
Happy Ending, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
Father Figures are Hard to Find. Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany
Sculpture on the Move 1946 – 2016. Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland Overburden. 2016 Thesis exhibitions and Projects. CCS Bard, Center for Curatorial Studies / Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York Animality. Marian Goodman Gallery London
Question the Wall itself, Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Shame. 100 Reasons for Turning Red, Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
Ether, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
House of Commons, Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2015
Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Kyoto, Japan Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, Barbican Centre, London
Time of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Collecting for tomorrow. New works at Museion, Museion – the Museum of modern and contemporary art, Bolzano, Italy
Andy Warhol sul comò – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
TAHOE: A Visual History, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
Take Me I’m Yours, Monnaie de Paris, Paris
Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Precarious, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.
Museo Ettore Fico, Turin, Italy

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Bà Rja Country of birth: Vietnam Date of birth: 1975 Lives in: Mexico City, Mexico