Danh Vo

Danh Vo was born in Vietnam and brought up in Denmark, Danh Vō’s conceptual artworks and installations often draw upon elements of personal lived experience (his own, the lives of his parents and other family members) to explore broader historical, social or political themes, particularly those relating to the history of Vietnam at the close of the twentieth century. Born in 1975, the year that marked the end of the American Vietnam War, Vō’s family became the victims of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War that broke out immediately afterwards. They fled the country in a homemade boat when Vo was four years old; he has no memories of his early childhood in Vietnam. The vessel was rescued at sea by a Danish freighter, the nationality of which determined the fate of the refugees – the ramifications of this random encounter are reflected in the role that chance and coincidence continue to play in Vō’s practice. Frequently comprised of documents, photographs, found objects (with emotional or historical significance), lettering or appropriations of works by other artists, Vō’s installations often address issues relating to identity and belonging, authorial status, ownership and the role of personal relationships. He is particularly interested in the discrepancies between myth and reality, between the past and the present, and between the identities and histories imposed upon him by others and those that he creates for himself.

Danh Vō (b. 1975, Bà Rja, Vietnam) is currently a resident of Mexico City. He represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and participated in the International Exhibition of the Biennale in 2013. Solo exhibitions include the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2015); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013); Guggenheim Museum, NY (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2012); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008). He was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize (2012).


Solo Exhibitions


Banish the Faceless / Reward your Grace, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Madrid, Spain


Take My Breath Away, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

mothertongue, Danish Pavilion, 56TH Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

YDOB EHT NI RMAW SI TI, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Homosapiens, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK


Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico ,ةراجحلا يداو —

Danh Vo, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

We The People, A project with Public Art Fund, Brooklyn Bridge

Park & City Hall Park, New York, NY, USA

We The People, Faurschou Foundation Beijing, Beijing, China


PEER, London, UK

Log Dog, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

New Sculptures, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium.

Go Mo Ni Ma Da, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Fabulous Muscles, Museion, Bolzano, Italy

 I M U U R 2, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, New York

Gustav’s Wing, Porto Culturgest, Porto, Portugal

 Chung ga opla, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy


Uterus, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

 We The People (detail), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA (through 2013)

 We The People (detail), National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

 Damnatio Memoriae, with Julie Ault and James Benning, CCS

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA

 Vo Danh, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

 Herzlich Wilkommen, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria


 Ephemeroptera, in collaboration with Heinz-Peter Knes, MD72, Berlin, Germany

JULY, IV, MDCCLXXVI, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

 Henrik Olesen / Danh Vo, Foundation Morra Greco, in

collaboration with Henrik Olesen, Naples, Italy

—Master/Slave Dialectic, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

 Danh Vo, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France


Hip Hip Hurra, National Museum for Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

 All your deeds in water shall be writ. but this is in marble, Gallery Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany

 Autoerotic Asphyxiation, Artist Space, New York, NY, USA

 L’artist et le décorateur, Gallery Buchholz, Cologne, Germany


 Where the Lions Are, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

 Les Fleurs d’Interieur, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France

 Danh Vo and his American Friends, Alte Fabrik, Gebert

Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil, Switzerland



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 Boys seen through a shop window, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

 Untitled, in collaboration with Jay Chung & Takeki Maeda, BaliceHertling, Paris, France

Last fuck, Galleria Zero, Milano, Italy


 Package Tour, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Germany

 Good Life, Gallery Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany


 Go Mo Ni Ma Da, in collaboration with Tobias Rehberger, Gallery Petzel, New York, NY, USA

 Dreams and Expectations, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

 My Blue Genes, his parents’ apartment, Copenhagen, Denmark


Not a drop but the fall, Gallery Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany 2004

Selfportraits, Signal Gallery, Malmø, Sweden


 Marriage project


 Illegal housing at the Royal Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark

Selected Group Exhibitions


 Sculpture 4tet, Luciano Fabro, Jean-Luc Moulène, Bruce Nauman and Danh Vo, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK


 Julie Ault - afterlife, Galerie Buchholz, New York, NY, USA

 The Problem of God, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany


Ray Johnson / Lee Lozano / Danh Vo, Inigo Philbrick, London, UK

 Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, Martin Wong/

Danh Vo, Barbican Centre, London, UK

 Danh Vo & Peter Hujar, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

 Take Me (I’m Yours), Curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich

Obrist and Chiara Parisi, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France

 Losing the Compass, Curated by Scott Cameron Weaver,

White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London, UK

 Violent Incident, Vleeshal Zusterstraat, Middelburg, The Netherlands

 Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA

Selected Sculptures, Riva Project, Brussels, Belgium

 Slip of the Tongue, Curated by Caroline Bourgeois and Danh Vō, Punta

della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

 Open Dress, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


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 Burton / Jensen / Vo, Inigo Philbrick, London, UK

Revolver II, curated by Michael Newman & Robin Klassnik, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK

 Abandon the Parents, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

 Metal, The Kitchen, New York, NY, USA

 One Man’s Trash (Is Another Man’s Treasure), Danjuma Collection, London, UK

 The Illusion of Light, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

 Dark Waters, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

 Doabale Sayable Thinkable, 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Mingei are you here?, Curated by Nicolas Trembley, Pace Gallery, New York, NY, USA (cat.)

 Secret Passions: Private Flemish Collections, Tripostal, Lille, France

LOU FORD, Etablissement d’en face, Brussels, Belgium

 David Altmejd, Roni Horn, Didier Vermeiren, Danh Vo, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium


  Artists, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

 On the tip of my tongue, Magasin III, Stockholm, Sweden

 The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 Provisional Aesthetics, Rehearsing History, Davis Museum at

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA


 Track, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium

 The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennal, New Museum, New York, NY, USA

 The New Public, Museion, Bolzano, Italy


 The Hirsch-Index “The Art of Quotation”, ZKM Museum fur Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (through 2013)

 Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, Switzerland

 Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester, UK

 You are not alone, Foundació Juan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, travelled to MARCO, Vigo, Spain

 Based in Berlin, Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, Berlin, Germany

 That’s the way we do it, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

 Open House, Singapore Biennale, Singapore


 all we ever wanted was everything, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, USA

 About us, Johann König Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

 Bringing Up Knowledge, MUSAC - Museo de Arte

Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain

10.000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

 To the Arts, citizens!, Serralves, Porto, Portugal

 Socle Du Monde, HEART, Herning, Denmark

 Tumult, Kommunal Kunstfestival, Lolland, Denmark

 Lost and Found, Gallery Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

More Carpets, Gallery Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany

 Strange Comfort, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switserland,

travelled to Swiss Institute Rome, Rome, Italy

Morality Act IV, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


 Morality - Act II: From Love to Legal, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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 Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst 2009, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

Flüchtige Zeiten, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany

 QuodlibetII, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

 Bijoux de Famille, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

 The Perpetual Dialogue, Andrea Rosen gallery, New York, NY, USA

 Fluchtige zeiten, Westfalisher kunstverein, Munster, Germany

 7 x 14 Silberkuppe, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany

Sensation, Gallery Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany


Jahresgaben 2008, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany

 Busan biennale, Busan, South Korea

 Where the lions are, Para/site artspace, Hong Kong, Yokohama Triennale

Time Crevasse, Central and Waterfront Sites in Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan

 Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

 U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, U-TURN Quadrennial

for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Manifesta 7, Comitato Manifesta 7, Bolzano, Italy

 Docking Station, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 Oh Girl. It’s a Boy!, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany

 The California Files: Re-Viewing Side Effects of Cultural Memory, CCA Wattis

Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA

 Secret Flix, Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt, Germany

 I Want to Believe, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland


 Crime and Punishment, Tallinna Kunstihoone / Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia Für die Ewigkeit, Jet, Berlin, Germany

Dictionary, bookproject, Copenhagen, Denmark


NOT A DROP BUT THE FALL, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany


 Deutschland sucht, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

 EXIT 2004, Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Curated Shows


 Slip of the Tongue, Co-curated by Caroline Bourgeois, Punta della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy


 Tell it to my heart: Collected by Julie Ault, with Julie Ault, Martin Beck, Nikola Dietrich, Rasmus Roehling, Scott Weaver and Amy Zion, Museum für gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland


 Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium 2007

Mia Rosasco, J-E-T, Berlin, Germany




 My Blue Genes, in his parents’ apartment, Valby, Denmark. Public Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK

 MoMA, New York, NY, USA

MNAM/Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA




Selected Bibliography


Tell it to my heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Museum für Gegenwartskhunst Basel, Lisbon Culturgest (cat.)


ROY, Marina, Très cher. très honoré et bien-aimé père, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver (cat.)

ZION, Amy, Danh Vo: “To a little lady that always has her

hands full”, CCS Bard College (exh. thes.)

Accidental Message: Art is not a system, not a World. The 7th

Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, pp.246-249. (cat.)

Phung Vo: 20.01.1861., Kunsthaus Bregenz

The Ungovernables-The 2012 New Museum Triennial., New Museum pp. 230-231 (cat.)


To the Arts, Citizens!, Vol.1-2, Serralves, Portugal (cat.)

 Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester, pp.70-71.(cat.)

 That’s the way we do it, Kunsthaus Bregenz, pp. 246-259. (cat.)

Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, New

Museum, New York, NY, pp. 217-219, 297

Based in Berlin, pp. 180-181. (cat.)

EROI, Danilo, Eccher, Ed. Galleria civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea, pp. 273 (cat.)

Open House, Singapore Biennale (cat.)

 BORTOLOZZI, Isabella, Art Basel 42, Art Basel, pp 114-115 (cat.)


10000 Lives: Gwangju Biennale 2010, Gwangju Biennale, pp. 178-179 (cat.)

Tumult, En kunstfestival i Nakskov Nykøbing F Vordingborg & Stege, pp. 128-133. (cat.)

What is waiting out there, 6th Berlin Bienniale, pp. 184-187(cat.)

L’Homme Debout: Une histoires sans paroles, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (cat.)


Morality., Witte de With, Rotterdam (cat.)

(Untitled) Conceived by Julie Ault and Danh Vo. “Where the Lions Are,” Kunsthalle Basel

Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (cat.)

Bijoux de Famille, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris(cat.)

EICHLER, Dominic, Written All Over Us, Sternberg Press

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U-Turn, Quadriennale for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen (cat.)

Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, pp. 26-27(cat.)

Time Crevasse, Yokohama Triennale 3

Manifesta 7: Companion and Scenarios, Manifesta7 (cat.)

BORTOLOZZI, Isabella, Art Basel 39, Galerie, Art Basel, pp. 602-603(cat.)


Blau Orange Prize, 2007

The California Files: Reviewing the side effects of cultural memory, CCA Wattis Insitute, pp. 31 (cat)


JANKOWSKI, Merete, The Art of Self Destruction - the Self Portrait Series by Danh Vo, Crime and Punishment, Kunsthalle Tallinn, pp. 113-119.

Overblik: 63 danske samtidskunstnere. København: Politikens forlag, pp. 40-43. (cat.)

Was Ware Wenn #6. , Jet Berlin (cat.)


Not a Drop but the Fall, Kunstlerhaus Bremen (cat.)

Pilot 2: International Forum, Pilot


Deutshland sucht, Konischer Kunstverein (cat.)