Mekong Delta artist creates a burning sensation

A rice husk painting by Vo Van Tang. Photo: Thanh Dung Vo Van Tang knows that to leave an indelible mark in the overcrowded art scene, he has to always stay creative, not only with what he paints but also what he paints on. The 74-year-old from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang says he often tries to find inspiration from simple things around him. Tam had some success experimenting with creating artworks from sugar palm leaves, but the unusual material was not very versatile and somehow … [Read more...]

20 fascinating images of Vietnam

Photography Life Magazine recently posted 20 fascinating images of Vietnam taken by four photographers on its website in a piece entitled Visions of Vietnam – 4 Photographers, 4 Styles. Circle of Dreams – A young woman naps in a round boat woven from bamboo on Vietnam’s central coast, near Phu Yen. The locals say the round shape allows for easy manoeuvrability when fishing in shallow coastal waters. A Room with a View – The endless rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi are … [Read more...]

Exhibition marks 40 years of South’s Liberation Day

An exhibition featuring 100 paintings opened at the 23/9 Park in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10 marking 40th anniversary of reunification of Vietnam (1975-2015) and the late President Ho Chi Minh ’s 125th birthday ( May 19 ). The display aims to honor glorious history and combats, promote patriotism and national pride in building and protecting the country. A large-scale project of a documentary film titled " April 30 -Reunification day" has been introduced by the People's Army … [Read more...]

‘Ngo Boat Race’ of ethnic Khmer people to be held in November

The much awaited 'Ngo Boat Race' of the ethnic Khmer people of the Mekong Delta will take place during the annual Ooc Om Boc Festival on the Máspero River in Soc Trang Province on November 9-10 this year. Besides the participating 40 teams from Soc Trang, there will be teams from neighboring provinces such as Kien Giang, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Vinh Long also taking part in the event. The boat race will mark the 2nd Vietnam Rice Festival 2011. Organizers expect to make the … [Read more...]

Raquelle Azran – Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art

Raquelle Azran - collector, museum curator and gallerist, specializing (since 1991) in contemporary Vietnamese fine art. Museum exhibitions include Wilfrid Museum, Israel (2002, 2005) and National Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam (2007). Her 2007 London Bankside exhibition Of This and Other Worlds was featured in the Times and the Guardian, and Artnews. Works from her collection are on loan to international museums. Consultant to embassies, collectors and corporate clients. A first encounter with … [Read more...]

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Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City

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All-female art show opens

Ten female artists from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are showcasing their latest paintings at an annual exhibition at the Women Artists Club. The Sac Mau Hanoi-Sai Gon 2 (Colours of Hanoi-Sai Gon) displays 100 works in acrylic, oil and lacquer, featuring natural landscapes and human life in regions of the country where the artists have travelled. Artist Bui Mai Hien, one of six artists from Hanoi, says she is obsessed with traditional materials of lacquer and the richness of colour. The … [Read more...]

Tay Son dynasty antiques on display

More than 400 rare antique items dating back to the Tay Son dynasty (1778-1802) are being displayed at an exhibition in HCM City. The exhibition, which will remain open until October at the Vietnam History Museum, features terracotta items including tiles, bricks, vases, plates and cups as well as several official documents including letters and royal decrees signed by Emperor Quang Trung. The display also has ancient coins and weapons including swords, bayonets and a huge cannon found at Thi … [Read more...]