Painting exhibition delves into modern lifestyles

Minh Nga

A painting named

A painting named “Relax” in the Mannequin’s Life painting collection by Nguyen Khac Chinh – PHOTO: COURTESY OF HANOIGRAPEVINE

A painting exhibition that deals with modern lifestyles is opened on June 30 at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum.

“Mannequin’s Life” solo exhibition by Hanoi-based painter Nguyen Khac Chinh features 23 paintings which have been created since 2011.

This is the second time Chinh’s paintings are put on display after the first show at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi last year.

As described by the Vietnamese cultural information website hanoigrapevine.com, although the series “Mannequin’s Life” consists of several different topics, there is a consistent hidden underlying idea behind each painting – the state of being lonely in modern life.

Figures of girls in traditional outfits and with monotonic actions lure viewers into mysterious ancient spaces, but here and there signals of a modern life can still be found as the reminders of reality such as an Apple iPhone, a laptop, and a glass of wine.

Chinh uses oil paint with hot and deep colors and smooth surfaces, together with some reasonable decorative details to create those paintings, to bring people back to themselves and urge people to look into things deliberately and slowly and not to be distracted so that they will have peace in mind and do not live as mannequins.

Artist Nguyen Khac Chinh was born in 1984 in Hanoi and graduated from Vietnam University of Fine Arts in 2006.

The exhibition runs until July 9 at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1.

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