Local art smashes auction record

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Six figures: The Quiet Moment (left), which Le Pho painted in 1938, was sold for US$378,300 at the Christie's Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art auction on November 22 while Nguyen Phan Chanh's The Betel Nut Seller from 1931 was sold for more than $409,000. As many as 87 paintings were up for sale including three by Pho and Chanh. by Bang Van HCM CITY (VNS) - Days after noted Vietnamese artist Le Pho's View from the Hilltop set a new auction record, art collector Nguyen Minh still has a … [Read more...]

Visions of Vietnam: the nation’s artists fuse eastern and western elements in lyrical compositions to be shown in London by Raquelle Azran gallery

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Visions of Vietnam: the nation's artists fuse eastern and western elements in lyrical compositions to be shown in London by Raquelle Azran gallery, By James Brewer Vietnamese art, says Raquelle Azran, is defined by its brimming vitality, lush colours and directness, as well as by its poetic, dreamlike meditativeness. Raquelle - collector, museum curator and gallerist - is in her 11th consecutive year of exhibiting Vietnamese contemporary fine art in London. One of the first opportunities to … [Read more...]

Famed painting gets restored at French Consulate

Local artist Nguyen Lam is restoring one of revered artist Nguyen Gia Tri's lacquer paintings. A famous painting by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Gia Tri, one of the country’s most revered artists, has been revamped at the French Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City since late last month. The untitled, 3 x 1.8m painting, created in 1939 and owned by the Consulate, comprises nine smaller lacquer paintings and depicts folk topics such as fish catching, rustic sceneries and pagodas. The painting has … [Read more...]

Behind Vietnam’s largest antique lamp collection

An exhibition featuring a collection of antique lamps, considered Vietnam’s largest and most diverse so far, was recently held at the Dien Ban district museum during the 2013 Quang Nam Festival, which concluded on Jun 26 The unique collection was first exhibited on June 17 on the inauguration of the museum after restoration. The almost 500-item collection comes in a wide variety of materials, including glass, terra cotta and pottery, shapes, colors, patterns, decoration styles, ages and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese lacquer art inspires Thai diplomat

VietNamNet Bridge – Despite leading a hectic life as Thailand's Consul General in HCM City , Panpimon Suwannapongse makes sure she finds time to pursue her passion of Vietnamese lacquer art. Many talents: Panpimon Suwannapongse with one of her unfinished lacquer paintings in her office. Panpimon Suwannapongse has loved painting since she was just seven years old and this childhood love later developed into a passion for oil on canvas works. However, after meeting some Vietnamese … [Read more...]

The value of Vietnamese paintings

French expert Jean Francois Hubert said Vietnamese fine art artists are lagging behind their regional colleagues at a recent ten-day training course for art critics held at the Hue University of Fine Arts. Thieu nu trong vuon (The ladies in the garden), a lacquer painting by Nguyen Gia Tri and a part of the Christie’s collection, is valued at about $102, 600 – $128,200. Photo: Tuoi Tre “Before being closed in 1945, the Indochina College of Fine Arts in Ha Noi had trained many of … [Read more...]

Restored painting of King Tran Nhan Tong sold for US$1.8 million

Restored painting of King Tran Nhan Tong sold for US$1.8 million A restored version of King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong, the founder of Vietnam Zen Buddhism, was auctioned at US$1.8 million.  Tuoi Tre cited as a news source from China’s Karamy Daily News as saying that the auction was held in April by the Beijing-based Poly Company. The initial price for the painting was just USD160 and then later a customer ended the auction at around 10 million yuan (USD1.6 million). When taking into account … [Read more...]

Famous painting collector passes away

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Mr. Le Thai Son, a well-known painting collector in HCM City, died at his home on July 26, at the age of 44. Son left a collection of 500 paintings and projects to preserve Vietnam arts. Painting collector Le Thai Son. Son had a stroke near his house on the evening of July 26. His neighbors quickly discovered the incident but the collector passed away at his home. Son was a heart patient. The collector was brought to his home town in Ninh Binh province for burying. The collector’s … [Read more...]

Bad art drives out good in Hoi An Town

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Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors. But lately the bloom is off the art market. Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors, attracted by its handsomely preserved buildings and bustling art scene. But lately the bloom is off the art market. Many painters have moved to Hoi An Town to live, draw and open their galleries. Walking along the old streets of this acclaimed ‘world heritage site,’ one can see a hundred … [Read more...]

Passion For Antiques

Priest Joseph Nguyen Huu Triet poses by his antiques

A priest in HCMC devotes himself to collecting antiques, especially lamps and books, with a view to realizing his hobby as well as promoting religion At the back of Tan Sa Chau Church on Le Van Sy Street in HCMC’s Tan Binh District, antiques create a space of ancientness and quietness. These antique collections belong to Priest Joseph Nguyen Huu Triet, who lives in a room behind the church. Priest Joseph Nguyen Huu Triet poses by his antiquesAncient culture through oil lamps Known … [Read more...]