‘If I grew up with anything, it was this idea of moving forward, and not looking back.’
Danh Vo (Danish, born Vietnam, 1975) is one of the most critically acclaimed artists working today. His work conjures lesser-known or overlooked histories and biographies in ingenious, inventive ways, through found objects and artefacts from various places and times. In 2018, a major exhibition of his work—titled Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away—was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and SMK (Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery of Denmark). He currently lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City. The exhibition Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, held at the M+ Pavilion, is a collaboration between Vo, The Isamu Noguchi Museum in New York, and M+.
For our Exhibition Exclusive, Vo selected hand-woven mats from Thailand and a bamboo water ladle, reflecting his interest in craft and collaboration. Also featured in the Exhibition Exclusive line is a wind chime that Vo sourced from Japan. The chime features a wind catcher with calligraphy by the artist’s father, Phung Vo, a product of an ongoing working relationship.
If you are interested in knowing more about Vo, Take My Breath Away is the perfect place to start. This book was published to accompany his 2018 solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, and it documents his thinking and work with illustrations and insightful texts.