Danh Vo

Danh Vō, born in 1975 in Bà Rja, Vietnam and raised in Denmark, lives and works between Berlin, Germany and and Mexico City, Mexico.


Danh Vō’s conceptual works and installations often draw inspiration from personal experiences to address broader historical, social, and political concerns.


Central to his artistic practice is a meticulous process of collecting and accumulating photographs, souvenirs, fragments, and objects from his personal life, which allow him to delve into universal questions of identity and the paradoxes of Western society. This process gives rise to recurring elements in Danh Vō's body of work, serving as leitmotifs of his preoccupations, notably centered around capitalism and Western colonialism, Catholicism and sexuality, as well as cultural heritage and identity.


Every artwork is an amalgam of stories, references and symbols assembled in a process of creative deconstruction of value and reiterative appropriation.


Vō’s work is featured in both private and public collections, including: Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, M + Museum, Hong Kong; Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen; SMK National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; CAPC – Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FNAC - Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Boros Collection, Berlin; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museion, Bolzano; Pinault Collection, Venezia; Ishikawa Foundation, Okayama; Aishti Foundation, Beirut; CIAC – Colección Isabel y Augustin Coppel, Ciudad de Mexico, Jumex Foundation, Ciudad de Mexico, Museo Tamayo, Ciudad de Mexico; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Qatar Museum, Doha; Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Magasin III, Stockholm; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich; Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel; South London Gallery, London; Tate, London; The Roberts Institute of Art, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; SFMOMA – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum, New York.


Danh Vō represented Denmark at the 2015 Venice Biennale and was included in the 2019 and 2013 Venice Biennales, the Berlin Biennale in 2014 and 2010, among others.

Portrait

Exhibitions

Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2024
J, Danh Vo, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo
2023
B, Danh Vō, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
F, Tropeaolum Curated by Caroline Bourgeois, Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection, Paris
2021
B, Danh Vo, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
I, Danh Vo, MASSIMODECARLO, Milan
PRC, Found Space, M+, Hong Kong
A, Danh Vo, Secession, Wien
2020
DK, Danh Vo Presents, The Nivaagaard Collection, Niva
TW, Danh Vo, See Through History and Look into the Future, Wising Art Palace Atelier, Taipei
J, Danh Vo oV hnaD, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
UK, Chicxulub, White Cube Bermondsey, London
2019
L, Danh Vo: The Mudam Collection and Pinault Collection in Dialogue, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
UK, Danh Vo: Cathedral Block, Prayer Stage, Gun Stock, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
MEX, Danh Vo, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
J, To Each his Due, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo
UK, Danh Vo Untitled, South London Gallery, London
USA, We The People, Media Gallery, New York
2018
DK, Take My Breath Away, SMK, Copenhagen
USA, Take My Breath Away, Guggenheim Museum, New York
F, Danh Vo, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
HK, Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, M+, Hong Kong
2016
SGP, Danh Vo, Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery Commission, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
USA, We The People, Roof Deck Sculpture Garden, Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen
HK, Danh Vo., White Cube, Hong Kong
2015
UK, Danh Vo, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
UK, Homosapiens, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
I, Danish Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venezia
D, Ydob eht ni mraw si ti, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
F, Take My Breath Away, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
E, Banish the Faceless: Reward your Grace Curated by João Fernandes, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
2014
USA, We The People, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park & Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York
PRC, We The People, Faurschou Foundation Beijing, Beijing
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2024
J, Wunderkammer to Come: From the Uncompleted, a Beginning, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
2023
F, Make Your Dream Last Longer than the Night, Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Château de Rochechouart
I, Icônes, Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Venice
F, Rara avis, White Cube, Paris
2022
UK, Flesh Arranges Itself Differently, The Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
UK, Arley Hall & Gardens, White Cube, Arley
D, Someday is now: Danh Vo Presents Sister Corita, Nivagaard Collection, Nivá
I, Danh Vo, Isamu Noguchi, Park Seo-Bo, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice
I, Afterimage Curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Alessandro Rabottini, MAXXI, L'Aquila
2021
L, Isamu Noguchi / Danh Vo - a cloud and flowers, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg-Kirchberg
GR, Portals, former Public Tobacco Factory – Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House, jointly organised by NEON and the Hellenic Parliament, Athens
2020
I, Enzo Mari, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, Triennale di Milano, Milano
USA, The Willfulness of Objects, The Bass, Miami
MEX, Al filo. De la nava ja, Museo Jumex, Mexico City
F, Demain est la question, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
F, Notre monde brûle, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2019
F, Intimate distance, Masterpieces from the Ishikawa collection, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux- Arts de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole (MOCO),, Montpellier
MEX, Colección Jumex: Al filo de la navaja [On the Razor's Edge] Curated by Patricia Marshall, Museo Jumex, Ciudad del Mexico
N, Flora, Stavanger Museum, Stavanger
F, Collectionnner au XXIe siècle, Collection Lambert, Avignon
2018
A, Glaube Liebe Hoffnung: 800 Jahre Di.zese Graz–Seckau, Diözesanmuseum, Graz
D, Polyphon, Künstlerische Positionen der Sammlung Viehof, Langen Foundation, Hombroich
I, Enchanted Matter: Fetish for Freedom, Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
F, Debout!, Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes
NL, Shelter, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht
2017
I, La Terra Inquieta (The Restless Earth), La Triennale di Milano, Milano
USA, Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Akron Art Museum, Akron
PRC, Everything you need to know about FY Foundation: An Exhibition, Frank F Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shenzhen
P, O Olhar do Artista: Obras da Coleção de Serralves, Artists’ Choice: Works from the Serralves Collection, Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon
USA, Sunset Décor, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
UK, (X) A Fantasy, David Roberts Arts Foundation, London
2016
D, Father Figures are Hard to Find, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

Bibliography

Year
Author, Publication Title, Date
2023
Avant l'Orage, Exhibition Catalogue.
2021
Danh Vo. Danh Vo, Exhibition Catalogue.
2020
Danh Vo - oV hnaD, Exhibition Catalogue.
Danh Vo. The Against Nature Journal - Summer 2020, Danh Vo. The Against Nature Journal - Summer 2020
2019
Danh Vo, Exhibition Catalogue.
Scènes dans une bulle de cristal, Exhibition Catalogue.
2018
Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, Exhibition Catalogue.
After the Party. A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life
2017
Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Danh Vo, Exhibition Catalogue.
Danh Võ [ Wad al-hayara ], Exhibition Catalogue.
2016
Ether, Exhibition Catalogue.
Ydob eht ni mraw si ti, Exhibition Catalogue.
Danh Vo: Relics, Exhibition Catalogue.
2015
Danh Vo Heinz Peter Knes - On distance, Exhibition Catalogue.
2014
Go Mo Ni Ma Da, Exhibition Catalogue.
Slip of the Tongue, Exhibition Catalogue.
Dark Waters, Exhibition Catalogue.
Berlin Biennale 8: Excursus, Exhibition Catalogue.
2013
Les Trois Grâces, Exhibition Catalogue.
Museum für Gegenwartskhunst Basel, Lisbon Culturgest, Exhibition Catalogue.
2012
Roy, Marina, Artspeak Gallery, Exhibition Catalogue.
2 Février, 1861 - Phung Vo
Zion, Amy, CCS Bard College
The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, pp.246-249, Exhibition Catalogue.
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Exhibition Catalogue.
New Museum pp. 230-231, Exhibition Catalogue.
2011
Eroi, Danilo, Ed. Galleria civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Exhibition Catalogue. 'p' pp. 273
Bortolozzi, Isabella, Art Basel, Exhibition Catalogue. 'p' pp 114-115
Singapore Biennale, Exhibition Catalogue.
Based in Berlin, Exhibition Catalogue.
Ephemeroptera, Exhibition Catalogue.
New Museum, Exhibition Catalogue. 'p' pp. 217-219, 297

Public collections

Country
Location
Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario
China
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
Denmark
Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen
SMK National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
France
CAPC – Musée d’art contemporain de Bordaux, Bordaux
Centre Pompidou Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris
FNAC - Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
Kadist Foundation, Paris
Germany
Axel und Barbara Haubrock Collection, Berlin
Boros Collection, Berlin
Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Hong Kong
M + Museum, Hong Kong
Israel
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Italy
Museion, Bolzano
Pinault Collection, Venezia
Japan
Ishikawa Foundation, Okayama
Lebanon
Aishti Foundation, Beirut
Mexico
CIAC – Colección Isabel y Augustin Coppel, Ciudad de Mexico
Jumex Foundation, Ciudad de Mexico
Museo Tamayo, Ciudad de Mexico
Portugal
Serralves Foundation, Porto
Qatar
Qatar Museum, Doha
Spain
Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid
Reina Sofia, Madrid
Sweden
Magasin III, Stockholm
Switzerland
Kunsthaus Zurich, Zürich
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
United Kingdom
South London Gallery, London
Tate, London

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