EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Documentary Film Screening "The Last Journey of Madame Phung" in Hanoi and HCMC Hanoi: 29 - 31 Dec 2014 and 02 - 03 Jan 2015 L'Espace 24 Trang Tien HCMC: 22 - 28 Dec2014 IDECAF 28 Le Thanh Ton, Dist 1, HCMC You are invited to the documentary film screening "The Last Journey of Madame Phung" in Hanoi and HCMC. Read more about the film on Hanoi Grapevine: Documentary on Vietnamese LGBT Singers Screened at French Film Festival Screening Schedule: HCMC: - Mon: 22 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm (tickets sold out) - Tue: 23 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Thu: 25 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Fri: 26 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Sat: 27 Dec: 8.30 am - 10.30 am - Sun: 28 Dec: 8.30 am - 10.30 am Hanoi: - Mon (29 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Tue (30 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Wed (31 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Fri (2 Jan 2015): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Sat (3 Jan 2015) : 9 am, 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm Ticket Ticket price: 40,000 VND Booking hotline: 090.605.1256 - … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Exhibition "The Chorus of the City" Opening: Tue 23 Dec 2014, 5 pm Exhibition: 23 Dec 2014 - 03 Jan 2015 New Space Arts Foundation, Hue 2nd Floor, 15 Le Loi Street, Hue City Christmas Music Night "Winter Wonderland" Mon 22 Dec 2014, 8 - 11.30 pm Barbetta - The Center No 2 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi Enjoy your Christmas music night "Winter Wonderland" with many activities: Magician Alex Nguyen, Freedom Dance crew, WTFunk band, DJ Blip Blop… Free entrance. Be under the Tent of Thanks Sun 21 Dec 2014, 3 pm Tadioto 24B Tong Dan, Hanoi Tadioto appreciates your support in the last 7 years, and invites you to a concert by Bao Long and Jump for Jazz, along with singers from Ha Noi and Saigon…. enjoy the fabulous atmosphere of a tent we're putting up outside our location on Tong Dan. Free entry. Christmas Choir at Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Wed 24 Dec 2014, 6.30 - 7.30 pm Sofitel Plaza Hanoi 1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh, Hanoi Feel the yuletide spirit brought to life at … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 16/9

Game show capitalises on mixed marriages in Viet Nam HCM City Television is working with the MayQ Media to launch a new singing TV game show targeting Vietnamese and foreign husbands and wives living in Viet Nam. Vo Chong Minh Hat (Husband and Wife Sing Together), which will start next month, is expected to help the couples keep their love in marriage through the passion of music. Couples of all ages are encouraged to send their photos and records or music video clips to the organiser at email vochongminhhat@gmail.com today. The preliminary round will be held in Can Tho City and HCM City from September 14-16. The jury band, including popular couples who work in the music industry, will choose 18 couples to enter the final round. The show will air on HTV9 every Thursday from October 9. French dance group to perform contemporary work A new contemporary performance named Your Ghost Is Not Enough by the French dance group Kubilai Khan Investigations will be staged at IDECAF … [Read more...]

New book on Sai Gon – Gia Dinh fine arts introduced

(Cinet)- On September 10, a painter and teacher of fine art, Uyen Huy, published a research book featuring urban fine art found in Sai Gon -formerly Gia Dinh province - from 1900 to 1975. Artist name is Uyen Huy. Real name is Huynh Van Muoi. He has many paintings displayed at The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and multiple paintings on personal collection in Vietnam and in many countries, such as Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, India, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and East Europe. The 700-page book, uses a wealth of valuable information and visuals to explore the influence of ancient cultures on the southern city. The most remarkable turning point in the development of the southern region's fine art, it is argued, was the opening of two French schools that trained students in handicraft and decorative arts in Binh Duong (1901) and Dong Nai (1903). The French continued in this vein by opening the Gia Dinh Drawing School in 1913. These … [Read more...]

New book on Sai Gon – Gia Dinh fine arts published

HCM CITY (VNS) - Painter and teacher of fine art, Uyen Huy, just published a research book featuring urban fine art found in Sai Gon -formerly Gia Dinh province - from 1900 to 1975. The 650-page book, uses a wealth of valuable information and visuals to explore the influence of ancient cultures on the southern city. The most remarkable turning point in the development of the southern region's fine art, it is argued, was the opening of two French schools that trained students in handicraft and decorative arts in Binh Duong (1901) and Dong Nai (1903). The French continued in this vein by opening the Gia Dinh Drawing School in 1913. These schools effectively laid the foundation for the Indochina Fine Arts College in Ha Noi, which went on to train fine artists coming from all over Indochina. - VNS … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (25-05-2014)

by Thu Anh Painter strives to do justice to President Ho Chi Minh Very few artists have strived to capture the soul and spirit of President Ho Chi Minh in as many ways as Ha Noi painter Tran Mai. Over a period of 18 years, Mai completed 81 paintings of the revered leader as he took part in revolutionary activities to fight for the country's independence. "It was very difficult to depict his spirit because, for Vietnamese, he is like a saint. But he is familiar, too," said Mai. When Mai first displayed his collection to the public in Ha Noi in 2009, viewers were left spellbound. Many of the works were later on display at museums and cultural houses, or bought by collectors around the country. "Mai used only white and reddish-brown to portray President Ho Chi Minh in different states. I can see and feel the leader of the Vietnamese through his art," said Vu Tang of Ha Noi's Hoan Kiem District, who has seen the artists' works. "He surprised me by the depth of his emotion and … [Read more...]

Exhibition of paintings from pure Vietnamese materials

VietNamNet Bridge - Twenty-nine artists have held an exhibition of paintings made from Vietnamese paint at the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi. Son ta, or Vietnamese paint, is a pure Vietnamese material, is used to create the unique art of lacquer. This is a special paint of Vietnam, which is processed from resin. From ancient times, Vietnamese people have combined Vietnamese paint with gold, silver and vermilion to make a special material to paint on the surface of statues, religious items and crafts objects to make them more splendid and durable. In 1932, artists of the Indochina Fine Arts College began using Vietnamese paint as a material in the painting arts, and they created lacquer art. Today, lacquer art is considered a major achievement of Vietnam's fine arts.> To preserve and promote the value of Vietnamese paint and lacquer art, in May 2013 the artists who create lacquer paintings with pure Vietnamese materials established the Son Ta (Vietnamese Paint) … [Read more...]

Artist To Ngoc Van – teacher of the revolutionary fine arts

The painting "Two girls and a child" . (Cinet)- Not only a talented painter, To Ngoc Van was also an outstanding lecturer and a respectable teacher of the first generation of painters in the revolutionary fine arts. To Ngoc Van was bornHanoi, This painter studied for five years at the Indochina Fine Arts College (1922-1931), To Ngoc Van was considered one of the first painters using oil paint in art works in Vietnam. His paintings such as "Bac Ho o Bac Bo Phu" (President Ho Chi Minh in Tonkin Palace), "Thuyen tren song Huong," (Boat on Perfume River), "Thieu nu ben hoa hue" (Young woman by tuberose) etc. and sketches describing the rural landscapes and the resistance war against the French show a special talent, a sensitive soul, an enthusiastic heart and a patriotism. He was known as a teacher of the revolutionary fine arts, it was because he has a lot of contribution in the battle of Dien Bien Phu. In many places, from the Central Highlands to Viet Bac (Northern Vietnam), … [Read more...]

“Two girls and a child” recognized as national treasure

(Cinet) - The painting "Two girls and a child" by To Ngoc Van has just been recognized as the national treasure. Being one of Vietnam's top painters of To Ngoc Van. "Two girls and a child" was painted in 1944, influenced many Vietnamese painters of later generations . To Ngoc Van was born on December 15, 1906, in Hanoi, but his native land is Xuan Cau Village, Van Giang District, Hung Yen Province. This painter studied for five years at the Indochina Fine Arts College and graduated in 1931. He participated in a number of domestic and overseas exhibitions, including fine-arts exhibitions in Paris in 1931 and 1932. At the Colonies' Exhibition held in Paris, he captured a gold medal and was awarded the certificate of honour at the exhibition of French Painters' Association in 1932. In 1933, he was elected as a member of the French Painters' Association. Between 1939 and 1945 To Ngoc Van was employed as a lecturer at the college where he studied. After the August Revolution, he took the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for December 2

Photo exhibition on Vietnamese women opens in ParisA photo exhibition on Vietnamese women, past and present, opened in Paris on November 30 to mark the exchange year (2013-2014) between the two countries.The photo collections were taken by two French friends named Philippe Chaplain, President of France's National Heritage Federation and photographer Daniel Frydman, who spent many years and have great sentiments twowards Vietnam.Around 50 photos and postcards were taken in the early 20th century recording evocative images of Vietnamese women in two distinct historical eras.In separate speeches two French authors spoke of  their travels around Vietnam, describing the country as a beautiful land with hospitable people, inspiring them to return several times to organise photo exhibitions and publish books on Vietnam.Collector Philippe Chaplain said that the old photographs are hugely significant in reflecting the fascinating history and traditions of Vietnam. He also expressed his wish to … [Read more...]

Famous artist in the spotlight at L’Espace

A talk on one of Vietnam's top painters in the 20th century, To Ngoc Van (1906-1954), who left over a strong imprint with works and artistic ideas of deep influence on the Vietnamese fine arts, will be held at L'Espace in Hanoi on December 6. The event will feature an introduction to the painter's works by Professor Chu Hao, while Thai collector Tira Vanictheeranont will talk about how he came to collect hundreds of paintings and sketches by Van. Vanicthreeranont will also speak about a book on the noted painter's sketches that will be published soon. Artist Phan Cam Thuong, who has already published a book on the painter's works called "To Ngoc Van - Tam guong phan chieu xa hoi Viet Nam 1906-1954" (To Ngoc Van - A mirror reflecting the Vietnamese society in 1906-1954), will speak about his research into his mentor's works. Having a passion for the art of painting when he was still young, To Ngoc Van left the Buoi Secondary School early to study the art. He then entered the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese artists among top five at Asian Fashion Awards

Vietnamese artists among top five at Asian Fashion AwardsVietnamese supermodel Lan Khue and make-up artist Thong Bao were listed among the top five in their category at the Asian Fashion Awards 2013.Asian Fashion Awards is considered the Oscar Award for Asia's fashion industry which is organized annually by the Asian Fashion Federation to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in the local fashion industry as well as in the Asian fashion industry.Vietnam was represented by model Lan Khue, make-up artist Thong Bao and designer Quynh Paris.Model Lan Khue is well known in Vietnam among the younger generation. She had won the third prize in the Asian Supermodel contest in 2012 and the Golden Award for Vietnam Model in 2013.Thong Bao is a leading make-up artist in Vietnam. He is a favorite of many famous artists, models and beauty queens such as Truong Tri Truc Diem, Lai Huong Thao, Hoang Oanh, model Hoang Thuy, actress Hong Anh. For many years he has been a make-up artist at HCMC … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for October 30

Vietnamese artists among top five at Asian Fashion AwardsVietnamese supermodel Lan Khue and make-up artist Thong Bao were listed among the top five in their category at the Asian Fashion Awards 2013.Asian Fashion Awards is considered the Oscar Award for Asia's fashion industry which is organized annually by the Asian Fashion Federation to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in the local fashion industry as well as in the Asian fashion industry.Vietnam was represented by model Lan Khue, make-up artist Thong Bao and designer Quynh Paris.Model Lan Khue is well known in Vietnam among the younger generation. She had won the third prize in the Asian Supermodel contest in 2012 and the Golden Award for Vietnam Model in 2013.Thong Bao is a leading make-up artist in Vietnam. He is a favorite of many famous artists, models and beauty queens such as Truong Tri Truc Diem, Lai Huong Thao, Hoang Oanh, model Hoang Thuy, actress Hong Anh. For many years he has been a make-up artist at HCMC … [Read more...]

Return home for Vietnamese paintings attributed to one man

The Hanoitimes - A Vietnamese man has acquired many Vietnamese paintings at auction, bringing them back to the nation in which they were painted. Painting "Picking Roses" by Le Pho Over the past six months, Nguyen Minh attended six auctions and bought dozens of valuable pieces of art created by Vietnamese artists such as Nguyen Tuong Lan, Vu Cao Dam, Le Pho and Le Thi Luu and restored to Hanoi. The effort was fueled by Minh's desire to become a collector and exhibitor of pieces by Vietnamese artists who were the first graduates of Indochina Fine Arts College. In early October, at a Sotheby's Auction House in Hong Kong, Minh bought six Vietnamese paintings, including three created by Artist Le Pho, two by Vu Cao Dam and one by Le Thi Luu. However, he was outbidded on several pieces. Late last May, at Christes's Auction House in Hong Kong, Minh successfully auctioned one painting by Vu Cao Dam entitled Maternité and one other by Nguyen Tuong Nam, named Landscape with fishing boats. The … [Read more...]

Establishing the value of Vietnamese painting

'Choi O An Quan' (Children Playing Games), a famous painting by silk painting master Nguyen Phan Chanh Nhan Dan - There is still argument over the starting date of the modern period of Vietnamese painting. Is it marked by the establishment of the Indochina Fine Arts College in 1924 or does it fall between 1920 and 1923 when the first painting stamped with the signature of Nam Son was found? No matter which answer one chooses, the time has gone down in the history of Vietnamese painting for the appearance of many talented painters who nurtured and established value for Vietnamese paintings. Among them is Nguyen Phan Chanh (1892-1984), whose silk paintings have recently been listed as outstanding artworks by Christie's, the world's leading fine arts auction house. Despite his French training in drawing techniques, Chanh sought ways to illustrate the soul of the Vietnamese people through the profound and charming palette of silk paintings. In his paintings, rural Vietnamese people … [Read more...]

Lacquer village preserves piece of the old country

by Bach Lien Creative: Artisans from Ha Thai village at work in their studio. — Photo www.vietnamdiscovery.com Helene Tran is pleased to find a lacquer painting featuring a young girl sitting on a hammock. It's for sale at the Anh Thai shop in Ha Thai Village of Duyen Thai Commune, Thuong Tin District of Ha Noi. The image of rural Viet Nam in the old days touches Tran, 23, who is of mixed Vietnamese and French blood. Before she came to Viet Nam on a short internship, Tran's French grandmother had asked for such a painting. So Tran had made a point of visiting this famous village in Ha Noi where the inhabitants have been doing lacquer paintings for 250 years. "My father is Vietnamese and he brought home many fine examples," she says. "I have loved lacquer paintings since I was a child." Polished: Ha Thai village has gained a worldwide reputation for its lacquered products. Ha Thai village is located beside National Highway 1A, about 30km south of Ha Noi. After passing through the … [Read more...]

Exhibit shows Vietnamese lacquer

VietNamNet Bridge - Fifty-one lacquer paintings created by three generations of students and lecturers of the Ha Noi Fine Arts College are on display at the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum on Nguyen Thai Hoc until next Tuesday. The show aims to popularise Vietnamese traditional lacquer art among both Vietnamese and foreign art lovers. Most of the works were created by painter and lecturer Pham Chinh Trung and his students in 2012 and 2013.On this occasion, they also chose to display three works of the late painter Nguyen Kim Dong (1922-2009) including Duoc Mua (Bumper Crop) to pay homage to the teacher who was among the first students of the Indochina Fine Arts College and devoted his whole life to lacquer art.Source: VNS … [Read more...]

‘Important’ VN painting collection displayed in Thailand gallery

VietNamNet Bridge - About 60 valuable and important contemporary paintings by Vietnamese artists are being displayed for the first time in Bangkok.The paintings, on display at the 333 Gallery, are part of a collection belonging to Thai artist Tira Vanichtheeranont.The works introduced are by famous artists who laid the foundation for contemporary art in Viet Nam, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Sang, Bui Xuan Phai, Ta Thuc Binh, Nguyen Gia Tri, and others. These were exhibited in Ha Noi last December, but the owner wanted to let "Thai people to see the set. It is a chance for them to see these important paintings without going to Viet Nam. We are bringing the Fine Arts Museum of Viet Nam to Bangkok". The Thai artist has about 2,000 Vietnamese paintings in his collection, most notably the illustrations of Truyen Kieu (The Tales of Kieu), with 13 color wood carvings made by as many artists from the Indochina Fine Arts College founded in 1942.The exhibition will remain open until … [Read more...]

Vietnamese masterpieces return home

Precious paintings: Two paintings, Lovers in a Landscape and Two Lovers, by Vu Cao Dam are among the artworks which will soon be brought to Viet Nam. — Photos christies.com HA NOI (VNS)— Works of artists from Indochina Fine Arts College's first generation will be brought to Viet Nam by collector Nguyen Minh. Minh bought three artworks by Vu Cao Dam and Tran Quang Tran at an auction at the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong early this week. The two paintings, both oils, are Lovers in a Landscape and Two Lovers by Vu Cao Dam and West Lake by Tran Quang Tran which were previously owned by foreign collectors. "I like Two Lovers the most because it is not only a masterpiece by a Vietnamese painter but is also very typical characters of Vietnamese culture," said Minh. Minh also successfully bid in the US for two other paintings by Vu Cao Dam. The paintings will come back to Viet Nam within two weeks. Dam had at many exhibitions in Paris and in the south of France. … [Read more...]

Wednesday May 22, 2013

A: To begin this week's edition of the Letter Box, we would like to say hello to Patrick Travers, of South Anston, Sheffield, England. B: In a letter to VOV dated April 15, Patrick wrote: "I enjoy listening to the Voice of Vietnam programs. I've been a regular listener since the 1970s. Thank you for keeping me informed and entertained over the years. It's a pleasure listening. Please, will you send me one of your Voice of Vietnam pennants or other VOV materials. Please keep me informed by placing my name on your mailing list. I would like to hear more about Vietnamese painters and artists in your broadcasts. I'm also very interested in houses in Vietnam". A: Thank you, Patrick, for being a loyal listener to the Voice of Vietnam for such a long time. We really appreciate your listening and your suggestions. Modern Vietnamese art is still young: it came into being in the late 1920s, but it has masters who command respect from connoisseurs, men who have created niches of their own and … [Read more...]