AP war photos on show in Ha Noi

Shock to the world: A photo of the monk Thich Quang Duc who set himself on fire to protest the war; taken in 1963 by Malcolm Browne.

HA NOI (VNS) — The American-Viet Nam War meant loss and pain for both civilians and soldiers on all sides. The lens of wartime photo journalists captured war's effects on US forces, as well as south and north Vietnamese soldiers. For the first time ever, a collection of 50 images from the Associated Press' (AP) archives is on exhibit as part of the 20th anniversary of the normalisation of relations between the US and Viet Nam on July 12. The exhibit, Viet Nam: The Real War, is an … [Read more...]

Artist uses natural colours from herbs

Cooking up colour: Artist Ly Truc Son stands besides his artworks that are on display in Ha Noi. — Photos courtesy of l'Espace

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...]

Heroic generals spark inspiration

VietNamNet Bridge - Like many Vietnamese people, Ngo Thi Thuc feels great admiration for General Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013), who served as commander-in-chief of the Viet Nam People's Army in two wars against the French and the Americans and led the Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1954, contributing to the country's liberation. Unmatched: A visitor contemplates a portrait of General Vo Nguyen Giap created from 60,000 matches by Ngo Thi Thuc. - Photo courtesy the Heritage Club House However, Thuc may … [Read more...]

Exhibition of paper horses focuses on France-VN ties


An exhibition of paper horses that convey the relationship between the French and the Vietnamese people, and the bilateral cultural exchange will open tomorrow in Ha Noi. … [Read more...]

The Current Vietnamese Contemporary Art

Since the 1950s, installation and performance are two branches of contemporary art that have become important facets of mainstream art. Vietnam's modern artists, forever innovators, are at the forefront of expanding installation and performance art into new realms. First appearing in Vietnam in the early 1990's, several small installations and performance shows first appeared at an out-of-the-way corner of Buoi Street, Hanoi, at the stilt house of painter Nguyen Minh Duc. For many years, this … [Read more...]

Ryllega Gallery

RYLLEGA experimental contemporary art gallery is a non-profit art space set up by two fellow Vietnamese artists: Nguyen Minh Phuoc and Vu Huu Thuy to introduce the first kind of a professional non-profit gallery in Hanoi. At Ryllega, artists are able to express their ideas through experimental works including installation, video and multi-media and participate in an exchange programme between local and foreign artists and between artists and the public. Besides that it aims to introduce high … [Read more...]

Art of embroidery on show

An exhibition presenting the work of French embroidery artist Lionel Descostes has opened at L'Espace, the French cultural centre in Hanoi. The exhibition, entitled From a Stroke to a Thread, showcases 40 handmade embroidery pieces on taffeta, made using a single-thread technique and the result of eight years' work by Descostes in Vietnam. "For me, eight years was a long process of fatigue and pressure," said Descostes. "But I love Vietnamese embroidery and always wanted to do something to … [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...]

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...]