HCMC top art gallery closed after 26 years

By Kim Nga, Thanh Nien

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Tu Do Gallery's owner Thu Ha (first from left) with students from American International School during a field trip at the gallery. Photo: Thu Ha Tu Do Gallery's owner Thu Ha (first from left) with students from American International School during a field trip at the gallery. Photo: Thu Ha

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The owners of Tu Do (Liberty), one of the oldest art galleries in Ho Chi Minh City, have announced that they will close their shop after 26 years. 

Since 1989, the gallery has organized 197 art exhibitions. Now located at 53 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1, the art room will be closed on the last day of 2015. 

Tran Thi Thu Ha, who founded the business with her husband Dang Hai Son, said that they are proud of the gallery, which she said has honored many talented Vietnamese artists and helped promote Vietnamese art across the world in 17 international exhibitions. 

Ha has attributed the decision to close the gallery to personal reasons, saying that the love for art remains. 
Tu Do Gallery will still maintain its activities online.

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