Ho Chi Minh City has a number of art galleries, but finding real bargains can be difficult as there is a roaring trade in knock-offs and replicas. While some works still reflect the historical and turbulent past, new styles and methods have been adopted by artists. Saigon's mostly underground contemporary art scene still provides opportunities for art collectors to find stunning creations at low prices.
Contemporary art spaces in HCMC are few and far between although this looks poised to change for the better, good news for both artists and collectors. Exhibitions are sporadically held at contemporary art galleries. You may be able to track down an art tour of Saigon. Ask around. State censorship may be relaxing but contemporary art is not immune to government supervision, let alone the challenges of inadequate infrastructure and scarcity of funds. Even so, Ho Chi Minh City is blessed with talented artists creating thought provoking work.