Sophie's Art Tour, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Sophie's Art Tour, Saigon

| 22 Jan 2013
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22 Jan 2013

Sophie's Art Tour is a journey through Vietnamese art and history from 1850 to the present, with British art lover, Sophie Hughes. As of 2018, the tour is operating on a less regular basis. For details, contact Sophie's Art Tour directly.

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As of 2018, Sophie's Art Tour operates irregularly and by appointment only. If you are interested in other cultural and heritage touring in Saigon, check out our sister company, Old Compass Travel.

Sophie's Art Tour is a morning spent adding some valuable context that will help you make better sense of Vietnam's history, while also providing an interesting survey of the country's art history from French colonial times.

The tour includes a look at the French influenced early twentieth century Vietnamese artists, Vietnamese socialist realism, combat portraiture, pre 1975 Saigonese art and the art of the past decades of economic liberalisation.   

Sophie's a great presenter and loves her subject matter. She's also taken the time to meet with artists and collectors around the country and shares some wonderful anecdotes.

The groups are small and personalised allowing for plenty of questions and chat and include visits to local galleries as well as Ho Chi Minh City's Fine Arts Museum. Highly recommended.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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