Danh Vō

(b. 1975, DK/VN)

Danh Vō at South London Gallery. Film still from Danh Vo: untitled at the South London Gallery | Artist interview (2019). Filming and editing by Gordon Beswick.


Danh Vō, born in 1975 in Vietnam, raised in Denmark, lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico, and Berlin, Germany. As a performance art inspired conceptual artist, the works by Vō emerge from his biography, his own life and path, personal relationships and encounters. His works are objects as the final form of his project, images that have accrued shifting layers of meaning and touching specific events or universal icons.[1]


Using his own life as a guideline, the artist explores historical, socio-political themes, in particular topics related to the Vietnam War. Doing so, Vō uses photographs, documents and found objects with an emotional or historical significance, postmodern appropriation of works by other artists often in an eclectic manner — questioning issues concerning identity, authorial status, ownership and the function or role of personal relationships.[2] The artist explores fragmentation, the discrepancy of reality, fiction and memory.


Career facts


Vō has been one of the world's leading artists for a decade now, in particular since winning the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012. He has had major solo and group shows in Germany, the United States, France and elsewhere. The most important show was at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, shortly after winning the Hugo Boss Prize. Other important shows were at the Museo Nacional Centre de Arte Reina Sofie in Madrid and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, United States.


His works feature in major public and private collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles or the Museion in Bolzano, Italy.


Vō ends up on the seventieth place on the Artfacts top 100 list and ranks top 10 in Denmark.[3] As a result, he is featured in our article The Most Influential Young Artists Today.


Danh Vō books


For further reading on the oeuvre of Danh Vō, we highly recommend the recently published (2018) comprehensive and illustrated overview Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, discussing his works from the past fifteen years.


Selected works – Selected works 2009-2019

(Video) Danh Vō – Selected works 2009-2019.



Danh Vō, Installation view at Venice Biennale, 2019. Courtesy of Marian Goodman.



Danh Vō, Promised Land, 2018. Graphite, writing by Phung Vo – variable dimensions. Courtesy of Marian Goodman.



Danh Vō, Take my Breath Away, 2017. Marble fragment from a standing male statue "Leg and Feet", Western Europe, Roman Empire, 2nd century A.D. – 28 5/16 x 21 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (72 x 54 x 42 cm). Courtesy of Marian Goodman.



Danh VōThe End, 2014. Ink drawing and gold leaf on cardboard Budweiser box – 40 × 40 × 27 cm / 15 11⁄16 × 15 11⁄16 × 10 5⁄8 inches. Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens.



Danh Vō'It's just not a waiting room', 2013. Bronze (edition of 6 + 2 AP) – 74 × 105 × 106 cm / 29 × 41 1⁄8 × 41 1⁄4 inches. Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens.



Dahn Vō, We The People (Detail), 2011. Hammered copper 202.5 × 234 × 137 cm / 79 7/10 × 92 1/10 × 53 9/10 in. Courtesy of Attika Fine Arts, London.



Dahn Vō, She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene, 2009. Variable objects on flag 96.5 × 54.5 cm / 38 × 21 1/2 in. Courtesy of Guggenheim Museum, New York.



Dahn Vō, Oma Totem, 2009. (Installation view: Last Fuck, 01 Milano, 2009). Courtesy of Punta della Dogana, Venice.


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Notes: [1] Marian Goodman, Danh Vo at https://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/68-danh-vo/ consulted 17/09/2020. [2] Xavier Hufkens, Danh Vō at https://www.xavierhufkens.com/artists/danh-vo consulted 17/09/2020.

[3] Artfacts, Danh Vō at https://artfacts.net/artist/danh-vo/51015 consulted 25/11/2020.


List of illustrations: Dahn Vō at South London Gallery. Film still from Danh Vo: untitled at the South London Gallery | Artist interview (2019). Filming and editing by Gordon Beswick. Danh Vō, Installation view at Venice Biennale, 2019. Courtesy of Marian Goodman. Danh Vō, Promised Land, 2018. Graphite, writing by Phung Vo – variable dimensions. Courtesy of Marian Goodman. Danh Vō, Take my Breath Away, 2017. Marble fragment from a standing male statue "Leg and Feet", Western Europe, Roman Empire, 2nd century A.D. – 28 5/16 x 21 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (72 x 54 x 42 cm). Courtesy of Marian Goodman. Danh VōThe End, 2014. Ink drawing and gold leaf on cardboard Budweiser box – 40 × 40 × 27 cm / 15 11⁄16 × 15 11⁄16 × 10 5⁄8 inches. Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens. Danh Vō'It's just not a waiting room', 2013. Bronze (edition of 6 + 2 AP) – 74 × 105 × 106 cm / 29 × 41 1⁄8 × 41 1⁄4 inches. Courtesy of Xavier Hufkens. Dahn Vō, She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene, 2009. Variable objects on flag 96.5 × 54.5 cm / 38 × 21 1/2 in. Courtesy of Guggenheim Museum, New York. Dahn Vō, Oma Totem, 2009. (Installation view: Last Fuck, 01 Milano, 2009). Courtesy of Punta della Dogana, Venice. Dahn Vō, We The People (Detail), 2011. Hammered copper 202.5 × 234 × 137 cm / 79 7/10 × 92 1/10 × 53 9/10 in. Courtesy of Attika Fine Arts, London.








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