HA NỘI (VNS) — Twenty paintings by Nguyễn Thế Hung are on display

Đa Diện (Polyhedra) in Ha Nội, featuring bright colours and sprouts that represent life. The semi-abstract paintings are incomplete and have been selected from three collections, entitled Ngay Rỗi (Lazy Days), Va Hoa Da Mua Xuong (And the Flowers Fell from the Sky) and Nhung Bong Hoa Nho (Little Flowers), done by Hung about ten years ago. The paintings from Little Flowers show the artist's search for the beginnings of life and love of mankind, while And the Flowers Fell from the Sky's … [Read more...]

First Vietnamese literature museum opens to public

HA NOI (VNS) — The first special area for displaying Vietnamese literary history has just been opened to people in downtown Ha Noi. The 3,600sq.m area is housed in a three-storey building. The first floor has typical works representing literature from the 10th to the 19th centuries. The works were written on various materials such as giay do (poonah) paper, cloth, metal and leaves. There are also works by great writers of the feudal period such as King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308), Nguyen … [Read more...]

Artist uses natural colours from herbs

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...]

Dong Ho folk paintings regain popularity during Tet

Emilie Charrier proudly displays a Dong Ho folk painting called, "Dam Cuoi Chuot" (Mice's Wedding) at home for her friends visiting on the occasion of Tet (Lunar New Year). BAC NINH - Emilie Charrier proudly displays a Dong Ho folk painting called, "Dam Cuoi Chuot" (Mice's Wedding) at home for her friends visiting on the occasion of Tet (Lunar New Year). … [Read more...]

A painter who ‘picks up pebbles’ of life

VietNamNet Bridge - Le Tri Dung's horses have acquired human dimensions and emotions, and the painter turns writer as he listens to them intently, filling up page after page, writes Cao Minh. A work by painter Le Tri Dung. Le Tri Dung is both a renowned painter who specialises in painting horses and an author recognised for deep musings that are encapsulated in three books. Dung's studio is filled with large oil paintings of horses viewed from different angles, as well as paintbrushes and … [Read more...]

Artist restores traditional values through paper

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Artisans work to revive Dong Ho folk art

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Bac Ninh to spend $2.8m on preserving Dong Ho paintings

The northern province of Bac Ninh will spend VND60 billion dong (US$2.8 million) to retain and develop a local art speciality, Dong Ho folk paintings. The money, from the provincial budget and other sources, will be funnelled into the paintings in Thuan Thanh District , under a scheme approved on Thursday. Accordingly, VND2.1 billion (nearly $100,000) will go to restoring and develop the paintings over the next two years. Another VND50 billion ($2.3 million) will be spent on building a … [Read more...]

Veteran artist spotlights wonder of nature

Paintings of northern Vietnam's beautiful natural landscapes by veteran artist Dang Tin Tuong are currently on exhibit at the Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi. … [Read more...]

Early 20th century work on Viet Nam to be republished

One hundred years after it was first published, a second edition of the book Techniques du Peuple Annamite (Mechanics and Crafts of the Annamites) by Frenchman Henri Oger is about to hit the shelves. Oger spent two years (from 1908 to 1909) studying the streets of Ha Noi and outlying areas to record an inventory of the development of local industries and commerce. With the help of a Vietnamese painter, Oger's research produced around 4,200 drawing and sketches being printed on do (poonah) … [Read more...]