Christie’s Paris, France: Women in Art

Women in Art From the XVIth to the XXIst Century We are very proud to organise in France the first sale dedicated to women artists. In recent months, we have watched as events devoted to women artists were held by museums, including the exhibition “Peintres femmes, 1780-1830” at the Musée du Luxembourg, the upcoming exhibition…

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The Hue to Go: Royal Cuisine & Cultural Interview Hosted by KF Seetoh

The Hue to Go: Royal Cuisine & Cultural Interview Hosted by KF Seetoh There was a visit to another dimension of food glory, a ride out to visit Boi Tran Garden to meet Madame Boi Tran herself, a living legend of an artist and chef. The place, the green, manicured and curated garden and yards…

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Anne-Solenne Hatte: La Cuisine De Bà / Tasting Vietnam

Anne-Solenne Hatte: La Cuisine De Bà / Tasting Vietnam What a pure bliss seeing my second family in Hue. Not only Boi Tran is a dedicated artist, but also a woman of love.Thank you sister Doan Thuc D Tran – Bem for the precious time. Anne-Solenne HatteEurasian Model, Actress Anne-Solenne Hatte, known as a model,…

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Incubating Culture in Vietnam and Hue’s Rebirth as Vietnam’s Center of Art & Heritage

Incubating Culture in Vietnam and Hue’s Rebirth as Vietnam’s Center of Art and Heritage Hosted by Harvard Kennedy School, Fulbright University Vietnam & Boi Tran Garden I remember very fondly our meeting at your home. Mostly I shared a respect for your pioneer-ship for making Hue’s artistic rebirth a reality. Professor Thomas J VallelySenior Advisor,…

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General Secretary, Germany Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport Dr Volker Wissing’s Letter to Artist Boi Tran

General Secretary, Germany Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport Dr Volker Wissing’s Letter to Artist Boi Tran I would like to thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome in your home Boi Tran Garden. We were very impressed with your paintings and especially the beautiful garden that you have created. My companion and I…

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Boi Tran: The Watchful Dream

Boi Tran: The Watchful Dream Boi Tran knows that passion, this peppery spice of time, reveals the flavours of life but that the suffering which it engenders offers more slumber without night than nights without sleep. She lives and paints in her magic garden nestled on Thien An Hill in Hue, proud but comforting, where the…

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Cultural Exchange: The Combination of Hue Royal Refined Music and Hue Culinary Culture

Cultural Exchange: The Combination of Hue Royal Refined Music and Hue Culinary Culture Formally requested by Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang and Lady Mai Thi Hanh, Boi Tran Garden was privileged to host a cultural exchange meeting combined with Hue royal refined music and Hue fine dining on Laos Prime Minister, President, General Secretary Thongloun…

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Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds Born in Hue, Vietnam, Boi Tran is a member of the Vietnam Fine Art Association. Since 1996, she amongst few prominent contemporary artists in Hue participated in several exhibitions and also had her works displayed in renowned exhibitions across Asia and Europe as well as private collections locally and internationally, especially…

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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Vivacious in Vietnam

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Vivacious in Vietnam Boi Tran is a painter and something of a throwback, an anomaly, a creature from another, earlier time in the life of the onetime Imperial City. She lives in an area called Thien An Hill, in a magnificently restored compound. These traditional wooden houses were once part of…

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A Fork in Asia’s Road: Adventures of an Occidental Glutton

A Fork in Asia’s Road: Adventures of an Occidental GluttonVietnam — The Hue Home The generator that lights Boi Tran’s garden goes out in the midst of the first course — a frequent occurrence along this remote hillside on the road to forested royal tombs. From the outdoor table, stars can be seen peeking through the…

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Complete Transcendence

Complete Transcendence Mother and children fetched nearly USD 10,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, May 26, 2013. The triptych lacquer was Boi Tran’s fourth painting sold internationally through auctions held by Sotheby’s and Christie’s since 2008.  Boi Tran is only the second Vietnamese female painter, the other being Le Thi Luu (1911 – 1988), selected by…

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Hungry for Hue

Hungry for Hue Many of the old culinary traditions live on, and today, Hue cuisine is held to be Vietnam’s most delicious and diverse. A visit to Ancient Hue, a home restaurant and gallery of an eccentric, elegant artist and chef Boi Tran, gives visitors an inkling of what a royal banquet and a meal…

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Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide Boi Tran took the precious formality of Hue cuisine to a new place, where the pleasure of pure flavor, not mere visual dazzle, was primary. Peter Jon LindbergJournalist, Brand Strategist, Professional Leaver-of-TownEditor-at-Large, Condé Nast TravelerCo-Founder, Story Collective LLC Hue is a slow-burn town. While Vietnam’s former imperial capital is…

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Sotheby’s Hong Kong: Boi Tran and Madonna

Sotheby’s Hong Kong: Boi Tran and Madonna Boi Tran’s pictorial work presents profound originality: it is part of an isolated approach, removed from the dominant schools; it expresses the search for universal humanism deeply rooted in a characteristically Vietnamese sensitivity. Boi Tran’s paintings and lacquers fit neither into the line of the School of Fine…

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A True Sense of Nostalgia at Boi Tran Art Gallery

A True Sense of Nostalgia at Boi Tran Art Gallery In an excellent state of preservation after these years, artist Luu Ly now bequeaths his precious treasure to artist Boi Tran. By a mere coincidence, the Fall-Winter art class held by artist Than Trong Su linked to the sketchbook and returned to Boi Tran eventually….

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Christie’s Singapore: Southeast Asian Pictures’ Letter to Boi Tran Art Gallery

Christie’s Singapore: Southeast Asian Pictures’ Letter to Boi Tran Art Gallery About Christie’s Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal,…

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Boi Tran is a painter and something of a throwback, an anomaly, a creature from another, earlier time in the life of the onetime Imperial City. She lives in an area called Thien An Hill, in a magnificently restored compound. These traditional wooden houses were once part of the regal style, with sloped grooves to handle the rainy Hue weather. But most importantly, she features a garden at the center which follows the eastern philosophy that all things originate from a single source and expand in all directions. She also cooks, magnificently from a repertoire of Imperial Hue-era dishes numbering over 100. Back in dynastic times, the Emperors demanded variety: in wives, of whom they would sometimes have over 100, and in food, the menus of the 19th Century Imperial Palaces boasted new dishes every night. Small, flavorful, and beautifully presented. And that culinary tradition, which gave Hue its reputation as a food capital, continues today.

Anthony Bourdain
American Celebrity Chef, Author, Travel Documentarian

I would like to thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome in your home Boi Tran Garden. We were very impressed with your paintings and especially the beautiful garden that you have created. My companion and I really enjoyed the contented evening spent with you thanks to your presence and kindness.

Volker Wissing
General Secretary, Germany Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport
Deputy Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate (2016-2021)

I remember very fondly our meeting at your home. Mostly I shared a respect for your pioneer-ship for making Hue’s artistic rebirth a reality.

Thomas J Vallely
Senior Advisor, Mainland Southeast Asia, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center
Founder, Harvard Vietnam Program (1989), Fulbright School HCMC (1994)
Member, US State Department’s Foreign Policy Board
President, Trust of University Innovation, Vietnam

Amongst various subjects expressed in Boi Tran’s creation and passion for art, her favourite interpretation is depictions of the feminine beauty of Vietnamese women, the pure maternity, and poetic nature. Maternity, as always, is the most sacred bond compared to any other human sentiment because of its intenseness and profundity. Deeply rooted in the dearest son's passing, her paintings illustrate the sorrow of losses. One could easily find images such as a mother dearly holding a child in her arms, a woman standing by the ocean desperately waiting for a miracle, or signs of her son to come home or, in some other pieces are the images of a woman looking up to the sky with her hands drawn together as if she is praying for the day of reunion with her child. Completely carried away in her world where sadness, solitude, and reminiscences of the old happy-together days' reign. The facial expression, however, especially her eyes is so radiant with love and faith. Perhaps, when people are taken to the lowest point of desperation, they will learn to realize the beauty from within desperation itself that helps compliment the other extreme of human emotions. As mentioned, nature is another main source of inspiration for artist Boi Tran’s works. Currently residing on Thien An Hill – one of the most beautiful landmarks of Hue where it is known for endless rows of evergreen trees – Boi Tran, with a sensible heart and gifted talent of an artist, fully perceives the artistic and literary beauty of nature that comes right out from her magnificent garden and then conveys that beauty most aesthetically to her works. Lotus and Hoa Quynh (a white orchid that only blossoms when the night falls and fades away when the sun rises) in her art are considered as the two most fundamental principles of life: the highest purity and the uncertainty.

Nguyen Trung
Vietnamese Contemporary Artist

Boi Tran knows that passion, this peppery spice of time, reveals the flavours of life but that the suffering which it engenders offers more slumber without night than nights without sleep. She lives and paints in her magic garden nestled on Thien An Hill in Hue, proud but comforting, where the wind frightens the centuries old pine trees, and the bashful, even prudish, flowers triumph over the rain. A place where Time's machine, this thief of joys, arrests itself... from time to time for the greatest happiness of the visitor.

There is no history without a place.
There are places without measure and histories beyond all time.
Elegant moments and secret places.
Patches of eternity and jolted thoughts.

To verify this, one must know Boi Tran.

Jean-François Hubert
Christie's Senior Expert, Vietnamese Art

There was a visit to another dimension of food glory, a ride out to visit Boi Tran Garden to meet Madame Boi Tran herself, a living legend of an artist and chef. The place, the green, manicured and curated garden and yards with French and local Hue touches plus the food, served like how the Royals once ate (well almost, except we were too noisy and gushed at her platters). My late buddy Anthony Bourdain visited and featured it before, but I had to take the mickey out of his very staid visit “Yes, hahahahaha, that’s how he was, you are on point”, said a very warm and endearing Madame Boi Tran recalling his visit. Bless you Tony, you paved the way here.

Seetoh Kok Fye (KF Seetoh)
Singapore Food Ambassador, Mankasutra Founder, Photographer, Writer, Television Host
Hailed as “Food Guide Maven” by New York Times & “Guru of Grub" by CNN

Thank you so much for the grace, beauty and magnificence of your food and home. It's such an honor to have an actual artifact from the artist who touched me so deeply while I was there. Your grace and hospitality were so appreciated for the television scene we filmed. I know Tony and the whole were very, very moved. I was so touched by your selflessness, grace, warmth, infinite love as a young parent it is a model for me. Having your painting in my house, keeping an eye on my young family and me is such a gift. Thank you. I'm so lucky to have the memories of the experience with you and a tangible artifact to keep in our home.

Ben Selkow
Emmy-nominated Documentary Film & Television Director & Executive Producer
At HBO, Netflix, CNN, NAT GEO, Discovery Channel, PBS/World Channel
Co-Founder, CEO & Executive Producer at Good Trouble Studios

In an excellent state of preservation after these years, artist Luu Ly now bequeaths his precious treasure to artist Boi Tran. By a mere coincidence, the Fall-Winter art class held by artist Than Trong Su linked to the sketchbook and returned to Boi Tran eventually. Luu Ly believes that Boi Tran will take on the perpetuation and introduce these profound sketches to the world.

Hai Nguyen — Van Cam Hai
Writer, Filmmaker, Journalist, Scholar
Director, Global Vietnam Wars Studies Initiative, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

The generator that lights Boi Tran’s garden goes out in the midst of the first course — a frequent occurrence along this remote hillside on the road to forested royal tombs. From the outdoor table, stars can be seen peeking through the trees. Yet it seems a special shame to dig in without first having a look at dishes designed by this cultured city’s most renowned artist — and one of several remarkable women who have used their homes to help revive their hometown’s food culture.

John Krich
PEN/Hemingway Award Novelist
Former Asian Wall Street Journal Food & Arts Columnist
Travel Writer, Critic, Feature Writer, Journalist

What a pure bliss seeing my second family in Hue. Not only Boi Tran is a dedicated artist, but also a woman of love.
Thank you sister Doan Thuc D Tran – Bem for the precious time.

Anne-Solenne Hatte
Eurasian Model, Actress

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