Painting to be auctioned to support Gac Ma Island

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A painting by Bui Le Trang will be sold at an auction to raise funds to support families of 64 navy soldiers killed by Chinese soldiers who invaded Viet Nam's Gac Ma Island , part of the Truong Sa ( Spratly ) Archipelago, on March 14 , 1988. Trang donated his painting Gac Ma – Vong Tron Bat Tu (Gac Ma – Immortal Circle ) to the Tri Viet Book Company , which will organise an auction to commemorate the fallen soldiers on War Invalids and Martyrs Day ( July 27 … [Read more...]

Long’s photo shortlisted in Britain

Just checking: Ly Hoang Long's photo.

VietNamNet Bridge – Ly Hoang Long figures among the world's top environment photographers, with one of his photos being included among the top 111 photos of an international contest in the United Kingdom.relate newsVN photographer nabs int'l prizeLy Hoang Long wins int’l photo award His photo, entitled Checking Fishing Net, features a fisherman checking his nets in a blue-water river, an idyllic scene in Viet Nam's countryside. More than 10,000 entries by photographers from 60 … [Read more...]

Artist uses natural colours from herbs

Cooking up colour: Artist Ly Truc Son stands besides his artworks that are on display in Ha Noi. — Photos courtesy of l'Espace

by Bach Lien (Vietnamnews) For artist Ly Truc Son, paint-ings are the medium through which he can portray all the innermost passions in his life. More than 30 paintings of the renowned artist, made on do (poonah) paper and portraying the troubled life of Xuy Van, a famous character in Vietnamese cheo (traditional opera) theatre, have caught the attention of the public at l'Espace. At the exhibition, Son described his paintings, dating from 1986, as being inspired by his favourite character in … [Read more...]

Famous Italian photographer begins journey through Vietnam by Vespa scooter

Bracali has been to Iceland, South Africa , the US, Greece, Morocco and Norway before arriving in Vietnam. For the reason on taking a journey through the country by a Vespa scooter, he said that he previously visited Vietnam and was impressed by the beauty and natural fertility of the country. He added that his dream of exploring wild lands to take photos of ethnic minority people has come true. "When I was a child, I dreamt of roaming by a Vespa scooter, a symbol of freedom, innocence … [Read more...]

Museum of Fine Arts opens new exhibition area

A visitor looks at artworks on display at the new exhibition area of the HCMC Museum of Fine Arts - PHOTO: NGUYEN VINH

Nguyen Vinh The museum’s new exhibition area is a three-storey building with Indochinese architecture at 54 Nguyen Thai Binh Street, District 1. The artworks on display come with different categories, including southern ceramics, ancient sculptures, religious statues, bronze artifacts, and Buddha statues of Khmer people in the south. Visitors can learn about the spirit and cultural life of people in the past, and gain an insight into Cham, Oc Eo and Khmer cultures. … [Read more...]

Experts discuss ways to touch up Vietnam art market

Prev Next  Several experts, including a revered Swiss art history doctorate holder, have pinpointed the numerous problems that have impeded the Vietnamese art sector from thriving. >> An audio version of the story is available here

Dr. Ildegarda E. Scheidegger, a respected Swiss fine arts expert. Photo:What Vietnamese insiders have to say … [Read more...]

Architectural traces unearthed near Ho dynasty citadel

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At an exhibition on Thanh Hoa 's cultural heritage (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...]

Saigon in old hand-colored pictures

In 1860, Saigon Port was founded with the name Saigon Commercial Port. It was renamed Saigon Port in 1975.

VietNamNet Bridge - Saigon's iconic buildings appear nicely in hand-colored postcards issued during the French colonial period in Vietnam. Eden shopping mall, located at the corner of Dong Khoi - Le Loi, was the commercial center of old Saigon. In addition to luxury shops, Eden had a modern cinema. The Givral café there was the favourite venue of foreign correspondents. Eden has now been replaced by the Union Square building. … [Read more...]

Scientists discuss inscription preservation in Hue imperial citadel

Han script poetry on the top of Thai Hoa Temple, Hue Royal Palace (Photo: SGGP)

A scientific seminar was hosted yesterday in the central city of Hue to discuss ways to preserve and promote the value of Han script inscriptions in verses and prose carved on architectural works in Hue imperial citadel. According to scientists at the seminar, Nguyen Dynasty bequeathed a huge number of imperial architectural works including citadels, royal tombs and temples in Hue ancient capital during nearly a century (1802-1945). … [Read more...]

The love for pencil carving

Members of the pencil carving club focus on their artworks at April 30 Park in HCMC’s District 1

My Loan Dang Hong Khanh, a graduate of HCMC University of Law who heads the club, says he knows about pencil carving through a friend and has gradually fallen in love with it. He has learned more about this genre of art on the Internet and decided to open a club and a Facebook page to connect with those who have the same love for this art. Originating in Japan, pencil carving allows carvers to create words, shapes, and patterns either on the core or the body of the pencil using cutter, paper … [Read more...]