Ambassador of arts

Nora Annesley Taylor, a Swiss researcher, is known among researchers and art critics of the West, Asia and Vietnam in particular. She has come to Vietnam to research and work since 1990. Her researches focus on Vietnam and Asia ’s contemporary arts. Nora has good command of five languages. She speaks Vietnamese as smoothly as her mother tongue. She used to be an associate professor of humanities and art science at the University of Arizona and now is Southeast Asian art … [Read more...]

Exhibition “Passage to the East”

We hereby cordially presents a piece of solo exhibition of painter Nguyễn Thụ named "Passage to the East". From over 400 sketches, studies and silk paintings by artist Nguyen Thu in the collection of Tira Vanictheeranont, we have built into the book "Nguyen Thu - Passage to the East" throughout 2014. Today we selected some works from the collection to showcase in this exhibition. Opening: Mon 22 Dec 2014, 6 pm Exhibition: 22 - 27 Dec 2014 Vietnam University of Fine Arts 42 Yết Kiêu, Hà Nội … [Read more...]

Indulging a love for lustrous lacquer

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The Vietnamese knew how to process raw lacquer more than 2,000 years ago, but it was only in the early part of the 20 th century that it was transformed from a decorative craft into the modern pictorial art form we know and love. Le Ha reports. Past master: Phan Ke An , a renowned lacquer artist who painted the award-winning picture Remembering an Afternoon in the Northwest. — VNS Photos Viet Thanh … [Read more...]

Women, the symbol of beauty in Luong Xuan Nhi’s paintings

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Long before the general uprising in August 1945, Vietnam's fine arts circle as well the French art lovers had known Luong Xuan Nhi as a talented painter. He also resolutely fought against the French colonialists' policy of obscurantism. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Modern Paintings – The Pioneers

Born in 1910 in Kien An Town, Hai Phong City, and died in 1994 in Hanoi.

By Quang Phong, Quang Viet and H.C. Vietnamismoving forward. The Vietnamese are not only looking ahead to their future, however, but also making an effort to sort out their past. Recently they have come to terms with the origin of their modern art. For many years, this has been a sensitive topic as Vietnamese modern art began as a joint product of French liberalism and Vietnamese traditionalism during a period of brutal French colonialism and strong Vietnamese patriotism. Before doi moi … [Read more...]

Luong Xuan Nhi

Long before the general uprising in August 1945, Vietnam's fine arts circle as well the French art lovers had known Luong Xuan Nhi as a talented painter. He also resolutely fought against the French colonialists' policy of obscurantism. When he was a student of the Indochina Fine Arts College, he together with other painters, including Le Van De, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can and Nguyen Khang set up Fraeta group. At the time, the director of the college declared that he came there to train artisans … [Read more...]

Contemporary painters brighten arts history

(December 30, 2003)Painters in the early stage of the 1945 August revolution were regarded as the pathfinders for Vietnam's modern art. Most of them were honored with the Ho Chi Minh Prize, the highest distinction for Vietnamese artists. Secretary General of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association, Tran Khanh Chuong said, " Most of Vietnam's first contemporary painters joined the revolution and used fine arts to serve this glorious cause. A majority of them graduated from French-run Indochina Fine … [Read more...]

Celebrated painter Nguyen Phan Chanh talks about his paintings

(January 28, 2004) The painting "The Girl Feeds the Bird" has a plot of acuteness and closeness. The viewers should pay immediate attention to the bird jumping to eat the grass hopper being held out by the girl. The part reserved to paint the bird is small. Most of the picture is reserved to paint the cage. Even though it is lost from view, the bird could be seen as being inside the cage. The girl feeding the bird wearing a white blouse and black trousers. The girl is sitting upfront, the … [Read more...]

A brief history of Art in Vietnam

Beautiful art had been produced in Vietnam for centuries. It was created in sculptures of many media, woodblocks, ceramics, lacquer works, embroidered art, silk paintings, ink on rice paper, etc. It was stamped, inside and out, on every pagoda, temple and palace from one end of the country to the other. It was distinctly oriental based upon the art forms of the Chinese and Japanese, local in nature, but not uniquely Vietnamese, and not universally known. That changed in 1925 during the period … [Read more...]