The Renaissance Society will present an exhibition by Vietnam-born, Berlin-based artist Danh Vō, opening on September 23rd. When Vō was four, his family fled South Vietnam in a homemade boat, and was rescued at sea by a Danish ship. His family’s assimilation to European culture and the world historical events that precipitated their flight from Vietnam are intertwined in his artistic practice, which juxtaposes historical and personal artifacts.
The Renaissance Society will present previously exhibited and new work by Vō, in addition to collaborating with the Art Institute to bring Vōʼs ongoing project We The People to Chicago. The multi-piece project will be shown at AIC and the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Fragments will be installed at the Oriental Institute, the Booth School of Business and University of Chicago Law School.
This exhibition is organized by The Art Institute of Chicago and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. The Renaissance Society presentation is generously funded by the Danish Arts Council, Howard and Donna Stone, Nayla Audi, Colecion Isabel y Agustin Coppel, Hector Manuel Gonzalez and Avo Samuelian, and Stefano De Giorgis.