Exhibition features Vietnamese art treasures

Last update: 14:07 | 06/04/2019

The Art of the Journey, an exclusive publication comprising the private art collection of 170 original art pieces from established and emerging artists in the Asia-Pacific region, will be launched in Hanoi next week.


Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Dancers, 1984, Ink & colour on Do paper

Of these, 37 stunning pieces representing the definitive works of more than 20 of Vietnam’s most respected and beloved artists will be displayed for the first time in partnership with Blue Gallery. The free showcase will be open to the public for one week from April 10-16, 2019.

Through a thoughtful, sensitive curation process which bridges select foundational works of the late 1980s and early 1990s with that of modern Vietnam, the Art of the Journey celebrates and affirms artistic talent in Vietnam.

Highlights include art pieces by the late Nguyen Tu Nghiem, one of Vietnam’s pioneering and most influential artists; Dang Xuan Hoa, who is regarded as one of the most important artists of the late 20th century; and Nguyen Trung, recognised as the father of Vietnamese abstract art.

Together with works by horse painter Le Tri Dung, Dinh Quan and Quach Dong Phuong – who have exhibited widely around the world – these treasures symbolise the backbone of Vietnamese contemporary art and form an indelible part of local heritage.

Seminal art pieces on display include Le Tri Dung’s The Tale of Kieu on traditional Do paper, a powerful interpretation of Vietnam’s best-known piece of early literature of the same title about an ill-fated pair of lovers, and the late Nguyen Tu Nghiem’s Dancers, which was painted 35 years ago. A master artist famed for his series of traditional dancers, Nghiem was influenced by Vietnamese folk art and blended Post-Impressionism with local subject matter. During the course of his long life, Nguyen, who died aged 93, became one of the most-acclaimed artists of his generation, influencing following artists including Dang Xuan Hoa.

Le Tri Dung, The Tale of Kieu, Ink & colour on Do paper

The artists themselves – Dang Xuan Hoa, Le Quang Hoa, Le Tri Dung and Quach Dong Phuong amongst others – will be at the exhibition on April 10. 

There will a charity auction with all proceeds going towards KOTO, a local social enterprise which trains disadvantaged and at-risk youths for a career in hospitality.

The exhibition will be launched on Wednesday, April 10 at the Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel, 1 Thanh Nien Road, Hanoi.


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