More than 240 outstanding paintings, sculptures and graphics works are on display at an exhibition that began in Da Nang city on August 18.
The 18 th South Central and Central Highlands Fine Arts Exhibition is one of the activities to celebrate the 68 th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day on September 2.
The exhibition features 85 outstanding pieces created by members of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. The remaining others are produced by local artists.
All works have been created within the last 12 months. They have not yet made their public debut.
President of the Da Nang City Fine Arts Association Nguyen Trong Dung said the exhibition is an event of significance as it takes place at a time when Da Nang is celebrating the 10 th year since it was recognised as a first-grade city in 2003.
The pieces on display aim to showcase the rapid changes and remarkable achievements of regional localities, especially Da Nang city.
The exhibition will run until August 27.-VNA
The 18th South Central Region and Highlands Fine Arts Exhibition will take place at Da Nang’s Centre of Cultural Heritage Management, 78 Le Duan Street, from 18 – 27 August after a gap of nearly 17 years. The event is being co-organised by the Viet Nam Fine Arts Association and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The exhibition will feature up to 50 outstanding paintings, graphics, sculptures, and pieces of applied fine arts. They were all created at the fine arts camps held in the city between August 2012 and July 2013, and they have not yet made their public debut.
|Preparing for the upcoming exhibition|
The works focus on the themes “Hoa Vang New Rural Area” and “Planning Urban Da Nang”. They showcase the city’s rapid changes and remarkable achievements since it was recognised as a centrally governed city in 1997 and a first-grade city in 2003.
Apart works from local artists, the exhibition will also feature others by artists from Quang Ngai City, and the provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Kom Tum, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, and Quang Nam.
Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors. But lately the bloom is off the art market.
LookAtVietnam – Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors, attracted by its handsomely preserved buildings and bustling art scene. But lately the bloom is off the art market.
Many painters have moved to Hoi An Town to live, draw and open their galleries. Walking along the old streets of this acclaimed ‘world heritage site,’ one can see a hundred galleries selling both good and bad art. Besides art exhibitions, the city also offers many art services like making portraits and copying masterworks.
Lately the number of foreign visitors to Hoi An has fallen, a consequence of the global economic slowdown, and Hoi An’s art market has experienced a tough period. It’s not just the slow economy that’s depressed the art, however. In a word, bad quality work is driving out the good.
Hoi An, with its unique architecture, culture and history, had welcomed many famous artists, such as Bui Xuan Phai, Luu Cong Nhan, Tran Luu Hau, Vu Gian Huong, Dinh Cuong, Buu Thi and Thanh Chuong. The late painter Luu Cong Nhan said “Every place in Hoi An is worth a painting.” In the eyes of Luu Cong Nhan, the entire town is a painting.
When Hoi An became a fertile land for art activities and services, not only professional painters but amateurs also flocked to Hoi An to open galleries. No place in Vietnam could compare with this quaint old town in the number of its galleries. Even the smallest street had galleries selling paintings of all kinds and at all prices.
Thus Hoi An became the busiest market for paintings in central Vietnam, with good points and evident faults. Some painters withdrew from this market, like Hoang Dang Nhuan, Phan Ngoc Minh, Hoang Dang and Bui Cong Khanh. Others came to open new galleries, such as Tu Duy with La Gai gallery, Vinh Phong with Ngoi Nau and Lang.
The art life in Hoi An has clearly declined in recent days. The number of galleries has halved. Painter Huynh Thi Nhung, who owns a gallery in Hoi An, said that not only has the number of foreign visitors to Hoi An fallen but also they are no longer keen on paintings.
Many galleries in Hoi An these are stocked with products that try to please foreign tourists. Most of them are lacquer paintings but not ones not produced by traditional technique. Instead of using lacquer made and applied by traditional methods, producers used chemical paints so paintings will get dry quickly. This “technology” has eroded customers’ belief.
Bryan, an Irish painting collector, has quit going to Hoi An. Artist Doan Huy Giao said that the situation would have not become so gloomy if amateurs did not dominate the painting market in Hoi An.
Painter Phan Ngoc Minh, who has brought the beauty of Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary to the world through his paintings, said that paintings of Hoi An are now mass-produced as souvenirs.
Hoi An is a city celebrated for its ancient culture, said Minh, so artworks distributed in the city ought to be highly artistic. He suggested that the local government should be more strict in liencing galleries. Souvenir shops ought to be differentiated clearly from galleries.
The artist has asked the local government to set up an art council to appraise the quality of artworks at galleries, so that Hoi An can once again be a trustworthy address for tourists and art collectors.
VietNamNet Bridge – The “Colors of Homeland” exhibition by artist Hoang Dinh opened yesterday afternoon (7/8) at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum (No. 66 – Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ha Noi) and will last until 18/8.
The exhibition includes 40 oil and lacquer paintings, with moments of inspiration through time and space. “Colors of Homeland” is the relentless creativity of artist Hoang Dinh and his heart for his hometown.
Besides the colorful paintings, Dinh is also a pioneer in the art of typography in Vietnam. He is called a “witch” who blows a soul into letters, to make them alive and flexible.
However, it must be said that the biggest inspiration in the Hoang Dinh’s paintings is the breath of the homeland. His works are full of tones, colors and especially they keep the “soul” of the country.
In paintings by Hoang Dinh, one can easily come across the familiar images of the countryside, with bamboo and bananas trees. He said: “I draw with an instinctive love for life. I want to keep the individual identities of each land where I’ve visited.”
Born in 1953 in Do Son, Hai Phong, Hoang Dinh got a Master Degree of Art Graphic and Packaging Design in the Netherlands. He is currently a lecturer at the Hanoi Open University. Hoang Dinh’s works were displayed at many exhibitions in Hanoi. Many of his works are collected and exhibited in many countries such as the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, USA, Germany…
Some paintings by Hoang Dinh at the “Colors of Homeland” exhibition:
Typographic work: Streets and cyclos.
Fields of gold
The harvest season