• Gabi Ngcobo

    Gabi Ngcobo is the Creative Director of the Center for Historical Reenactments and lecturer at the Wits School of Arts, University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ngcobo is also a founding member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and has served as its Western Cape co-chair and National Representative. In 2010 she co-curated rope-a-dope: to win a losing war at Cabinet, New York and contributes to an ongoing project titled Xenoglossia, a research project which traveled to the 11th Lyon Biennale in September 2011. Ngcobo is the curator of DON’T/ PANIC, a curatorial project that coincided with the 17th UN Global Summit on Climate Change (COP17) that took place in Durban, South Africa in November 2011. Ngcobo is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

  • Kim Nguyen

    A curator and writer based in San Francisco, where she is Curator and Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute. Nguyen was formerly Director/Curator of Artspeak from 2011-2016. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and periodicals nationally and internationally, with recent texts in catalogues published by Pied-à-Terre (San Francisco), Gluck 50/Mousse (Milan), and the Herning Museum of Art (Denmark). Nguyen is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Emerging Curators in Contemporary Canadian Art and the 2016 Joan Lowndes Award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing.

  • Marina Roy

    Marina Roy is Vancouver-based artist and writer whose work explores the intersection between language and visual art. She received her BA in French Literature at Université Laval, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her MFA from the University of British Columbia. She has shown nationally and internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, the Or Gallery Berlin, Gallery Sumukha, Chennai & Bengaluru, India, and Chisenhale Gallery, London. Roy was recipient of the VIVA award in 2010. In 2001 she published sign after the x (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp Press), a book that revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings. She is currently working on the next book, titled Queuejumping. She is Associate Professor of Visual Art at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

  • Danh Vo

    Danh Vo was born in Vietnam in 1975 and grew up in Denmark. He studied at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen and at Städelschule in Frankfurt. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria in 2012, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, in 2011, the National Museum for Art, Copenhagen in 2010, Artists Space, New York in 2010, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, in 2009, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2008. Upcoming solo exhibitions of his work will take place at the Renaissance Society, Chicago; and Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France. He was the recipient of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s 2012 Hugo Boss Prize.


One Beauty Sleep Away

September 8–October 27, 2012

Danh Vo, The Brothers Grimm, Ashenputtel (Cinderella) (1812), 2012

Danh Vo, One Beauty Sleeps Away, Installation View

Danh Vo, One Beauty Sleeps Away, Installation View

Danh Vo, Wall, 2012. Plywood, wood, screws and nails, 135 x 144 x 3 3/4 in

Danh Vo, Gustav's Wing, 2012. Lightjet print, 48 x 84 in

Danh Vo, Sorry, 2012. Green enamel on wooden chair, 18 x 36 x 18 in

Danh Vo, <em>Sorry</em>, 2012. Green enamel on wooden chair, 18 x 36 x 18 in

Danh Vo, One Beauty Sleep Away, 2012. Phung Vo, 2009-2012, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2012. 10 editioned books, 224pp. 9.05 x 7.09 in

Danh Vo, One Beauty Sleep Away, 2012. Phung Vo, 2009-2012, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2012. 10 editioned books, 224pp. 9.05 x 7.09 in

20 janvier 1861.

Très cher, très honoré et bien-aimé Père,

Puisque ma sentence se fait encore attendre, je veux vous addresser un nouvel adieu, qui sera probablement le dernier. Les jours de ma prison s’écoulent paisiblement. Tous ceux qui m’entourent m’honorent, un bon nombre m’aiment. Depuis le grand mandarin jusqu’au dernier soldat, tous regrettent que la loi du royaume me condamne à la mort. Je n’ai point eu à endurer de tortures, comme beaucoup de mes frères. Un léger coup de sabre séparera ma tête, comme une fleur printanière que le Maître du jardin cueille pour son plaisir. Nous sommes tous des fleurs plantées sur cette terre que Dieu cueille en son temps, un peu plus tôt, un peu plus tard. Autre est la rose empourprée, autre le lys virginal, autre l’humble violette. Tâchons tous de plaire, selon le parfum ou l’éclat qui nous sont donnés, au souverain Seigneur et Maître.

Je vous souhaite, cher Père, une longue, paisible et vertueuse vieillesse. Portez doucement la croix de cette vie, à la suite de Jésus, jusqu’au calvaire d’un heureux trépas. Père et fils se reverront au paradis. Moi, petit éphémère, je m’en vais le premier. Adieu.

Votre très dévoué et respectueux fils.
J. Théophane Vénard

Postscript 48: Marina Roy on One Beauty Sleep Away (PDF)

Talks & Events

  • Talk

    October 10, 2012

    Independent curator, educator, and artist Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa) will respond to Danh Vo’s exhibition One Beauty Sleep Away at Artspeak. This event is presented in conjunction with Institutions by Artists, a three-day international event that evaluates and activates the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives.


  • Phung Vo: 2 Fevrier, 1861

    Title: Phung Vo: 2 Fevrier, 1861
    Artist: Danh Vo
    Writers: Danh Vo, Phung Vo
    Editor: Danh Vo
    Category: Artist Book
    Design: Yvonne Quirmbach, Berlin
    Printer: Medialis Offsetdruck GmbH, Berlin
    Author: Danh Vo, Phung Vo
    Publisher: Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria / Artspeak
    Year published: 2012
    Edition: 10
    Pages: 242
    Cover: Hardcover
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: Handwritten text ‘ONE BEAUTY SLEEP AWAY’ by Phung Vo; each edition unique
    Weight: 924 g
    Dimensions: (Height x Width x Depth) 24 x 19 x 2.5 cm
    ISBN: 978-3-86335-166-3
    Price: No longer available