Clinton photo epitomises 20 years of US-VN ties

HA NOI — A photo of former President Bill Clinton shaking hands with Vietnamese people taken by Tran Viet Dung has won the first prize at a contest. An exhibition of all the excellent photos selected in the contest, entitled Viet Nam- US Relations and the US through the Lens of Vietnamese Photographers , was held in Ha Noi yesterday, drawing the participation of former President Clinton and the representatives of the Vietnamese and US governments. The photo contest … [Read more...]

Character building calligraphy proves a hit


Once the preserve of ancient scholars and elites, calligraphy has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years as anxious students seek hangings in ancient Han-Nôm characters which are thought to bring good luck. At last spring is upon us, and for many Vietnamese people, now is the time to conjure fresh wishes, hopes and beliefs. Joining throngs of festival-goers, 18-year-old Lê Thanh Thúy makes her way through spring drizzles on a Lunar New Year's day to the Street of Calligraphy in Hà Nội in the … [Read more...]

International photos exhibited in Hanoi

Two hundred and fifty of the best photos at the sixth International Artistic Photo Contest in Vietnam are now on display at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. The contest was launched in May by the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA), under the sponsorship of the International Federation of Photographic Art. There were 10,500 entries by 1,600 photographers from 55 countries including Germany, Hungary, Myanmar, Turkey, Slovenia, France, Australia, Spain, the US and the UK - a … [Read more...]

Vietnam Fine Art Museum in Hanoi

The Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum (Bảo tàng Mỹ Thuật Việt Nam, admission 20,000 Dong) is located in Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hanoi. It has become a prime tourist destination, since the museum exhibits in great detail the history of fine arts in Vietnam displaying comprehensive collections with more than 2,000 items. This museum aims to be a cultural and educational institution. It is linked with the Ministry of Culture and Information responsible for restoring, conserving, and exhibiting … [Read more...]

Hanoi Fine Arts Museum

Hanoi fine art museum

The Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi is housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information. The structure and form is very classical, yet with oriental touches to the roof and other details. … [Read more...]

Lacquer Painting

From "Vietnam Contemporary Art", 1996 By The Hanoi Fine Arts Publisher The principal material for pumice lacquer painting is Vietnamese lacquer, used to lacquer cultural objects and current usage articles. After his arrival in Hanoi, one day Inguimberty accompanied Nam Son in a visit to the Temple of Literature. He was amazed at a layer of lacquer covering the ancient cultural objects, the parallel sentences and the columns of the sanctuary. Time - several centuries - had changed this layer of … [Read more...]

Exhibition of leading artists about Hanoi

The Hanoi Opera House by Nguyen The Dung

Famous contemporary painters Le Thiet Cuong and Dao Hai Phong have joined young artists in a painting exhibition about Hanoi at the Trung Nguyen Creative Centre in Hanoi from October 15. … [Read more...]