Contemporary works

Witness Collection is planning to tour the collection, alongside a documentary film and a series of books on different facets of Vietnamese art before finally finding a permanent home for the collection.

Vietnam - through the eyes of Vietnamese artists

Witness Collection tell the story of the artists and their experiences of extraordinary changes that occurred during their lifetimes.

Witness Collection today is one of the largest Vietnamese art collections in the world, comprising approximately 2,000 works by more than 120 of the most important artists, spanning the early 20th century to contemporary works, covering north and south of the country.

Witness Collection was initiated in 1987 by Adrian Jones, during an extended visit to Vietnam. Started as a personal collection of paintings, Mr Jones continued to add to his collection during subsequent trips to Vietnam from 1987-2003.

By 2002, the collection already comprised several hundred art works and Mr Jones decided that he should either stop collecting or establish a collection with a purpose. After reviewing all the art works, he decided to select the most interesting pieces and form them into a coherent collection that would tell a hitherto untold story about Vietnam – in fact, many interwoven stories.

After 12 months of further research, including seeking in-depth advice from more than 40 Vietnamese individuals whose knowledge of Vietnam’s art covered almost every field, Witness Collection was born in 2003. Its objective is to tell the story of the 20th century – our century – through the eyes and experiences of Vietnamese artists.

After a year of trying to think of a suitable name for the collection, ‘Witness Collection’ was conceived. It was immediately apparent that this new title captured exactly what the collection was setting out to achieve: tell the story of the artists and their experiences of extraordinary changes that occurred during their lifetimes.

Founder & Executive Director

Adrian Jones

what we do

Documenting art history

Recording lives of artists

Researching techniques

Conserving paintings

In addition to collecting, Witness Collection as an organisation is involved in extensive research into Vietnamese art and art history. Some of its recent projects, including conservation and documentation, are now undertaken in conjunction with Asiarta Foundation, which is supported by Witness Collection and is a non-profit foundation.

Witness Collection is planning to tour the collection, alongside a documentary film and a series of books on different facets of Vietnamese art before finally finding a permanent home for the collection.

Thanks to our supporters

Witness Collection has been extremely fortunate to receive the generous support of a wide range of individuals and institutions who have been most gracious in providing their advice, insights, resources and practical assistance – as well as sharing their specialised skills and knowledge. We are deeply appreciative to each and every one and they all deserve a great deal of thanks…

 

In vietnam

  • Lê Quảng Hà and family
  • Tú Duyên and family
  • Thái Hà and family
  • Phạm Thanh Tâm and family
  • Nguyễn Xuân Việt and family
  • Uyên Huy
  • Nguyễn Xuân Tiệp
  • Lương Xuân Đoàn
  • Nguyễn Văn Cường
  • Lê Hồng Thái
  • Phạm Huy Thông
  • Nguyễn Tấn Cương
  • Lý Trực Sơn
  • Nguyễn Thị Phước Khanh
  • Vũ Bình
  • Nguyễn Quang Dy
  • Nguyễn Thu Hàng
  • Mrs Hàng and Dương Anh Tuấn
  • Nguyễn Trần Điêu Linh
  • Dr Trần Long
  • Patricia and Ambassador TK Lim
  • Jimmy Chua
  • Bill Manson
  • Mrs Quê
  • Trần Kim Hạnh
  • Jono Sharrock
  • Rob Boulden
  • Nguyễn Thi Phượng
  • Lưu Ngọc Bích
  • Directors and staff at Vietnam Fine Art Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City Fine Art Museum
  • Vietnam Fine Art University
  • Ho Chi Minh City Fine Art University
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In Singapore

  • Management, curators and staff at the National Heritage Board
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • Singapore Art Museum
  • Heritage Conservation Centre
  • Michael Koh
  • Dr Eugene Tan
  • Kwok Kian Chow
  • Low Sze Wee
  • Dr Phoebe Scott
  • Dr Adele Tan
  • Joyce Fan
  • Loh Heng Noi
  • Melissa Tan, Chen Weiwen and colleagues at EDB
  • Patricia Levasseur de la Motte
  • Liao Chung Hui

In the US

  • Bernard and Phyllis Kalb
  • Brad and Karen Albright
  • Stephan and Illiana Memmen
  • C David Thomas

In Australia

  • Dr Boitran Huynh-Beattie (greatly respected and sadly missed)
  • Ray Beattie
  • Robert Bezuijen
  • Scott Frew
  • Katrina and Peter Cromby

In the UK

  • A Jean Brown, Nicky Grimaldi, Dr Brian Singer and colleagues at Northumbria University
  • Sally MacMillan Armstrong
  • Surinder Singh (much missed)

In Europe

  • Blake Ward and family
  • Alan Murphy
  • Allan Harper
  • Marietta Hackel
  • Karl and Hương Knüsel
  • David Brooks
  • Andrew Knox

Elsewhere in Asia

  • Bettina Ebert
  • Rosario Marcelino
  • Ambassador Maurizio Teucci
  • René Anant Feddersen
  • Bruce Blowitz (RIP a unique friend)
  • Jariya Huajaicham
  • Jan Jirayut
  • Mark Hammond
  • Peter Kiernan
  • Nani Kahar
  • Simon and Cynthia Gould
  • Pornthip Raksapiksu (Dashy)
  • Rob Collins
  • Jorn Middelborg
  • Marie Ryan
  • Tim and Maliwan Skevington
  • Lan Phuong and Marc Meuleau
  • Thuan Van

With sincere apologies to anyone we have inadvertently omitted.