A Guide to Contemporary Arts in Ho Chi Minh City

A corner in the permanent collection of HCM City Fine Arts Museum

( Cinet )- Ho Chi Minh City has rapidly become one of the most active emerging art hubs in Southeast Asia. Although the number of contemporary art spaces is still modest, they are getting more and more attention from a greater audience. Home to several international and local recognized artists, the city has so much to offer to contemporary art lovers. Museums, private collection and galleries Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum - The museum’s exhibition rooms have a range of art that … [Read more...]

$540 million museum project raises experts’ concerns

The US0 million National Historical Museum's design Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Construction has recently requested that the Ministry of Planning and Investment assess the proposed construction of a National Historical Museum in Hanoi this November. The US0 million National Historical Museum's design Photo: Tuoi TreUnder the plan, the 10-hectare museum, costing VND11.27 trillion (US$540 million) will include four main venues: the main building, a notable memorial area, an outdoor exhibition area and a campus. It is also planned to be built at the new Tay … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host “Woodcut in the digital age” exhibition


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Artwork preservation worries experts

Much of Viet Nam’s best artwork is at risk of deterioration if museums and exhibition halls do not improve storage conditions and restoration work, say artists and experts. Painter Phan Trong Van says that museums’ art varies in material, size and theme, so it needs to be classified properly and stored accordingly in different temperatures, light and humidity. “Preservation conditions should be the same between storage and exhibition rooms so that the work is not be damaged during … [Read more...]

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum displaying counterfeit artworks?

At a workshop on art copyrights in late March 2009, some art critics and painters said they believed the Vietnam Fine Art Museum was displaying some fake paintings and statues, confusing art researchers and cheating art lovers for over 40 years. Painter Nguyen Do Bao, Chairman of the Hanoi Fine Arts Association, wrote in his presentation entitled “When did copies of paintings appear in Hanoi?”:  “In the late 1960s, when the US army bombarded North Vietnam, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum … [Read more...]

Ha Noi to become cultural centre

A corner of Hanoi Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ha Noi authorities say they will turn the city into a cultural centre by 2020 – the first of its kind in Viet Nam. A corner of Hanoi Photo: Tuoi TreThey claim the capital will become a cultural model for other cities and provinces. The plan is to develop a system of museums and centres to preserve Vietnamese culture. Statues, squares and parks will be enhanced and theatres, cinemas and libraries developed along with the performing arts and system. A 60,000 sq.m. area of the ancient … [Read more...]

Thang Long Citadel to be designated historic park


The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long will be named an historical and cultural park under a plan approved recently by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to promote the global value of the 1,300-year-old site in the centre of the capital city. A plan aiming to promote the global heritage value of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Under the plan, the 1,300-year-old site will be named an historical and cultural park. (Photo: VNS) The plan would … [Read more...]

Prehistoric relics brought to light

Quang Ngai Museum. (Photo: Internet)

Experts from Quang Ngai Museum have discovered several prehistoric artifacts dating back 4,000 years in the Tang River valley in Tay Tra District, according to Deputy Director Doan Ngoc Khoi. Quang Ngai Museum. (Photo: Internet) Relics include a stone axe, a grater and some burial jars, found alongside 25 tombs made from terracotta and soil, typical of the Sa Huynh culture, which dates back 2,000 years. The discovery was the result of a 2-month-long excavation that began on April 10 in Tra … [Read more...]

Gallery featuring Ho Citadel’s objects opened

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Thanh Hoa’s Conservation Center for Ho Citadel on June 12 opened a gallery featuring objects related to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The 400-square-meter exhibit displays more than 200 objects including weapons, construction stones, terracotta decorations and bronze drums. The citadel, which will be officially recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site at a ceremony to receive the certificate on June 16, has attracted around 14,000 visitors within the first six months of … [Read more...]

Seminar on preserving cultural heritages

The role museums play in protecting cultural heritages in the Mekong and Ganga River valleys and the impacts of climate change were debated at an international science seminar in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on June 11-12. The delegates focused their discussions on climate change’s impacts on cultural heritages.The event was co-organised by the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and the Vietnam Institute of Literature and Arts Studies with nearly 50 scientists from Vietnam , Bangladesh , … [Read more...]