In 1991, the Swiss art collector Paul Hugentobler arrived in Vietnam and was immediately impressed by the spirit of Hanoi and its lively art scene. Intrigued, he set to getting involved. His search led him to the door of one of Vietnam’s greatest art collectors, Pham Van Bong. Through him Paul Hugentobler discovered two of Vietnam’s most fascinating painters, Bui Xuan Phai and Nguyen Tu Nghiem. Unknown until late in their lives (a result of war and hardship), today both painters are renowned masters of Vietnamese art and are widely exhibited throughout South East Asia.
Presented here publically for the first time, Paul Hugentobler’s rare collection of paintings by these two spectacular artists provides a unique ‘behind the scenes’ view of Vietnam’s fascinating art world. The event will also celebrate the recent release of the book Two Vietnamese Modernists: Bui Xuan Phai and Nguyen Tu Nghiem – paintings from the Hugentobler Collection published by Offizin, Switzerland.
Join us at Hauser & Wirth for a vibrant evening of Vietnamese art and culture.
6:30pm – Welcome drinks
7:00-7.30pm – Vietnam through an art collector’s eyes – a conversation between the collector Paul Hugentobler and Eunice Zehnder-Lai
7:30-7:45pm – Introduction of selected paintings by the curator Louise Malcolm
followed by cocktails, Vietnamese bites & exhibition
Paul H Hugentobler is a former member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd. He joined Holcim Group Support Ltd in 1980 as Project Manager and was appointed in 1994 as Area Manager for Holcim Ltd. From 1999 until 2000 he served as CEO of Siam City Cement, based in Bangkok, Thailand. As a member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd with responsibility for South Asia and ASEAN he was instrumental in building up the Group’s position in Asia.
Eunice Zehnder-Lai is CEO of IPM, a people consulting firm that specializes in predicting human behavior. Previously, she worked in the finance industry for 20 years for LGT Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, spanning the areas of asset management, private wealth and corporate finance in New York, London, Hong Kong and Zurich. She also worked for Procter & Gamble in marketing as well as for Booz & Co. in strategy consulting.
Louise Malcolm is an art historian working on a research project at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich and studying for her PhD at the same institution. She has published articles on art and philosophy and maintains a concurrent academic and curatorial focus on Asian art, particularly that of Southeast Asia and Vietnam.