Boi Tran Garden, also known as Boi Tran Art Gallery, is not only one of the pioneering privately owned art galleries in Vietnam but the very first and only one in the onetime Imperial city of Hue proud to be an exquisite international compound for art, antiques, centuries-old architecture and later Hue-era culinary culture which gave Hue its reputation as a food capital continues today.
Founded in 1995, Boi Tran Garden, along with Minh Chau Art Gallery (2000-2005) in Hanoi, has a heritage and reputation for connoisseurship and exclusive bespoke service for buying and selling art as well as offers an inviting experience for Hue's traditional fine cuisine and history-related stories.
BOI TRAN: 'ARTIST, CHEF AND CREATOR OF HER MAGNIFICENT GARDEN'
Born in Imperial Hue City, in central Vietnam, a city that suffered more than engendered the painful political events of the 20th century, Boi Tran knew nothing of the influences – positive or negative – that nourished “the Schools”.
Nestled on Thien An Hill since 1998 and relocated to Kim Son Hill in 2022, proud but comforting, where the wind frightens the centuries-old pine trees, and the bashful, even prudish, flowers triumph over the rain, a place some leading Vietnamese artists’ masterpieces such as Victor Tardieu, Vu Cao Dam, Tran Quang Tran (Ngym), To Ngoc Van, Hoang Tich Chu, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Tran Dong Luong, Ton That Dao, Nguyen Tien Chung, Nguyen Do Cung, Bui Xuan Phai, Diep Minh Chau, Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Trung, and others housed in a more than 100-year-old mansion blended with French Indochina influences.
Boi Tran’s Edenlike garden in Hue bears witness to this: diversity and elegance, but for simplicity as well, a lotus or an epiphyllum, whose flower opens during the night before quickly vanishing, communicates this. The garden would not exist without Boi Tran, yet, Boi Tran the painter would not exist without the garden.
Amongst many dignitaries who have graced Boi Tran Garden is Anthony Bourdain who featured Boi Tran and her royal courses on CNN Parts Unknown in 2014.
THE CALL FROM WITHIN
To the best of my ability as an artist, I’d like to express my greatest gratitude for what life has graciously offered me over time. The generosity I am granted and thus being thankful for might very well be as simple, yet full of blessings, as a prayer to our sacred Mother, unconditional maternity, or the graceful beauty of nature such as the first day-breaking sunrays or residual dew of the night.
I treasure these precious moments like the miracles joyfully lighting up my life.
San Diego-based, Minh Chau hails from a family of art enthusiasts in Hue. She was the owner of Minh Chau Art Gallery at 7 Ly Dao Thanh Street, Hanoi circa 2000. The gallery returned to her roots with redecoration in traditional architectural styles. Minh Chau has been collecting paintings for more than a dozen years and her collection includes Nguyen Gia Tri, Tran Van Can, Bui Xuan Phai, Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Trung, Dinh Cuong, Sy Ngoc, Tran Luu Hau, Diep Minh Chau, Boi Tran, and others.
THUC DOAN / BEM
Brought up in a very great spirit of art and culture, Thuc Doan served as an independent Vietnamese Topics Advisor, Translator, and Interpreter, her expertise is to develop private art collections, offering curatorial, consultancy and services for collectors, buyers and consignors at Vietnamese Art Archive (www.thucdoan.com) providing reference catalogues, scholarly translated articles and insightful information for Christie’s, Art Agenda S.E.A. and other private collectors, locally and internationally.
Born in Hue, Vietnam, Boi Tran is a member of the Vietnam Fine Art Association. Since 1996, she has participated in several exhibitions in Hue and also had her works displayed in private collections locally and internationally. Boi Tran excels in oil and lacquer paintings, and her works often portray Vietnamese women, maternity, nature, and religion. Boi Tran — the only female Vietnamese artist has her paintings exhibited and sold in Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, Ravenel and other renowned auction houses.