Art & Entertainment News Headlines 15/3

Vietnam's museums to display artifacts in New York Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Danang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will also hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27. MPK opens photo exhibition in Hue Da Lat photographer MPK opened an exhibition of his works in Hue yesterday, luring crowds in the former capital city with his creativity. The theme of … [Read more...]

Book series celebrates Dien Bien Phu Victory

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Army Publishing House has released a collection of five books to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the battle of Dien Bien Phu (May 7) and 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam People's Army (December 22). Among them are Ky Niem 60 Nam Chien Thang Dien Bien Phu (60th Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory), Hoc Tap va Lam Theo Tam Guong Dao Duc Ho Chi Minh (Learning and Following Ho Chi Minh's Morals), Chu Quyen Bien Dao Viet Nam (Viet Nam's Sea and Island Sovereignty), and Tuong Linh Quan Doi Nhan Dan Viet Nam (Generals of the Viet Nam People's Army). They feature documentaries and reports by generals and soldiers who played a role in the country's revolution. Tuong Linh Quan Doi Nhan Dan Viet Nam is a collection of six books featuring military giants such as Vo Nguyen Giap, Nguyen Chi Thanh, Van Tien Dung, Le Trong Tan, Hoang Van Thai and Dong Si Nguyen. The generals and their military careers are closely intertwined with the historical victories of … [Read more...]

15 Vietnamese cultural and historical objects to be displayed in US

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has allowed five Vietnamese museums to send objects for exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, US. The objects will be transported from March 13 and returned to Vietnam by August 25. Accordingly, the Ho Chi Minh city History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Da Nang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the Ho Chi Minh city Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Vietnamese museums will be responsible to coordinate with the Metropolitan Museum of Arts for object exhibition according to the agreement signed between Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Metropolitan Museum of Arts on the exhibition, titled "Lost Kingdoms of Early Southeast Asia: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s museums to display artifacts in New York

Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Da Nang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnamese bartenders to compete in regional contest

HA NOI (VNS) — Four Vietnamese bartenders have been selected to compete at the Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 Southeast Asia bartenders contest, to be held in Singapore between May 15 and 16. The bartenders are Le Thanh Tung from Chilly Sky Bar in Saigon, Luu Tran The Vinh from Bon Bon Restaurant in Saigon, Nguyen Ngoc Quyen from Park Hyatt in Saigon and Nguyen Thanh Luan from the Rooftop Bar in Ha Noi. They defeated nearly 200 other bartenders from across the country at the Diageo Reserve World Class Vietnam 2014 contest. The one who emerges as the best of these four contenders at the Southeast Asia contest will get the title of The Best Bartender of Viet Nam, and will represent the country at the final contest between 50 of the world's best bartenders, to be held in the UK in August. — VNS … [Read more...]

New York party of the year kowtows to China

China's march towards global ascendancy has taken another leap forward -- at least when it comes to New York high society and its most glittering fashion extravaganza, the Met Ball. AFP / by Jennie Matthew | Sarah Jessica Parker arrives for the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, on May 5, 2015 The city's party of the year, attended by A-list film stars, singers and models, the richest moguls and most feted fashion designers, has chosen China as the theme of its 2015 bash at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday. For Chinese actress Li Bingbing -- "so excited" to be going for the first time -- it shows that Western attitudes towards her country, for so long a communist bogeyman in the United States, are beginning to change. "Nowadays China is the hot topic," she told AFP in an interview at her luxury hotel before embarking on three hours of preparation with an army of assistants she acknowledges is needed to grace the red … [Read more...]

Islamic State says it destroyed ancient relics in Mosul museum

In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a militant topples an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. The extremist group has destroyed a number of shrines --including Muslim holy sites -- in order to eliminate what it views as heresy. Islamist militants used sledgehammers and drills to smash ancient artifacts and statues in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, saying the relics were against the teachings of Islam, according to a video by Islamic State. The five-minute video, posted on websites used by the jihadist group, shows several bearded men inside what’s identified as the Mosul Museum, breaking up large sculptures. In another scene, a man drills through the statue of a winged bull, an Assyrian protective deity, that was almost 3,000 years old. The bull was destroyed four days ago, Layla Saleh, a former … [Read more...]

California company sues Taylor Swift over number 13

Country-pop diva Taylor Swift's fetish for the number 13 is being tested by a California clothing company in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in a greater Los Angeles court. Musician Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, May 5, 2014. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris) LOS ANGELES: Country-pop diva Taylor Swift's fetish for the number 13 is being tested by a California clothing company in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a greater Los Angeles court. Blue Sphere Inc. said it had been using Lucky 13 as a registered trademark for its line of 1950s-themed rock 'n' roll clothes and accessories for two decades before the phrase appeared in 2012 on official Taylor Swift merchandise. "While Swift's merchandising and licensing team obsessively focuses on the Swift brand, it ignores the intellectual property rights of others," the company alleged in a 28-page complaint filed at … [Read more...]

Vietnamese antiquities to be seen by New York public

Many Vietnamese Hindu and Buddhist antiquities, along with those from other Southeast Asian countries, will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city, the US, from April 14 to July 27. A Vietnamese antiquity to be displayed at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Themed "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century", the international exhibition will be the first featuring the region's religious art at the museum. Curator of the museum's South and Southeast Asian art John Guy said most of the 160 sculptures to be displayed are made of stone, terracotta and bronze. A majority of the works have been lent by the governments of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar as well as the UK and France. The rest belongs to US museums. Many of the Vietnamese exhibits are valued as masterpieces, including a late seventh-century Avalokitesivara discovered in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam in the 1920s. Other highlights from the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s museums to display artifacts in New York

Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Da Nang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27.-VNA … [Read more...]

Cham treasures from Vietnam museum off for New York showcase

A relief of Hindu creation god Brahma at Champa Sculpture Museum in Da Nang is one of five 'national treasures' set to travel to a New York museum for exhibition Five Champa relics from a Da Nang museum in central Vietnam have been borrowed for display at a US museum from the end of March until July. The Da Nang government has agreed to lend the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York all five Cham relics at the Champa Sculpture Museum for the purpose of researching the kingdom of Champa, news website VietNamNet reported. The kingdom ruled, with Hindu and Buddhist influences, over what is now central Vietnam from around the 7th century through to 1832. The relics include reliefs of a god, a half- goddess, and the Hindu creation god Brahma, as well as the statues of the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha and the Hindu supreme god Shiva - the destroyer. RELATED CONTENT Centuries on, Champa mystery enduresOf collectibles and collectors According to documents at the Da Nang museum, … [Read more...]

Illuminating culture by collecting it

The year was 1969, almost the peak of the Vietnam War. A young medical volunteer with a charity hospital in Da Nang had the opportunity to work with residents of the mountains, providing them with basic medical care. "I was just amazed. The people were just living such a different way of life," says Mark Rapoport, whose interest in Vietnamese tribes was piqued then, and has stayed strong since. Mark Rapoport probably owns the only gallery in Vietnam that focuses on artifacts from the country's ethnic tribes. The New York native now spends eleven months every year in Hanoi, looking after his 54 Traditions Gallery located at 30 Hang Bun Street, considered the only one in the country that focuses on the cultures of all the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Back in the 1990s, when Mark first returned to Hanoi, "there was literally only one store that sold minority things" in the capital. In 2001, he and his wife decided to make the capital home as he was working on a research grant to … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 28/9

Ryu Goto to enthrall Hanoi, HCMC audiences World renowned Japanese violin soloist Ryu Goto will perform Concert Vol.42 "Paganini" at the Hanoi Opera House on May 28-29. Under the baton of professor Honna Tetsuji, Ryu is sure to delight Vietnamese audiences with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto Op. 35 and Gustav Mahle's Symphony No.1 D major "Titan". Born in 1988, Ryu Goto is now residing in the US. He has performed with a number of world's leading orchestras. Ho Chi Minh City's young audiences will also have an opportunity to exchange with young artists from the University of North Texas at an annual music programme at the city's Municipal Theatre on May 29. Conducted by Clay Couturiaux, the US and Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestras will perform three famous works including Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47 (Edward Elgar), Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra (Mozart), and a concerto for violin, cello and orchestra Op.102 (Johannes Brahms). Inspiration in … [Read more...]

“Carefree Flowers” exhibition opens in Hanoi

(Cinet)- 18 works by architect Hoang Dao Kinh are on display at an exhibition which opened in the Casa Italia, Ha Noi, on May 26. The exhibition with the theme "Hoa vu uu" (carefree Flowers), which is supported from the Italian Embassy to Hanoi. Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni said Kinh's paintings inspired him with a special energy. "Kinh shows talent. He is quite professional," he said, "I was charmed by the beautiful flowers and brilliant paintings." Kinh was born in 1941. He is an expert in preservation and restoration of architectural relics and heritage, an architectural theorist and critic. He has also created many paintings. He has published books on cultural heritage preservation and architecture. Currently, he's a member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee. In the last 10 years, he has co-operated with Italian researchers in the restoration of the Cham towers at My Son in central Quang Nam. Beside, a workshop to discuss the preservation of cultural heritage … [Read more...]

Inspiration in full bloom at exhibit

Petals in paint: Visitors admire the flowers in Hoang Dao Kinh's paintings. — VNS Photo Minh Thu HA NOI (VNS) — The flowers in noted architect Hoang Dao Kinh's paintings create a blaze of colour in the exhibition room at the Casa Italia, Ha Noi. Entitled Hoa Vo Uu (Carefree Flowers), the exhibition of 18 of the works opened on Monday and follows two months of absorbed work. Kinh said that two months ago, he suddenly found inspiration in the blooming flowers of summer. Every day, he bought a bunch from the market, spent all day admire them and portraying them. "I let myself drift with emotion and then set to work," he said, "I didn't care about fine-arts styles or other matters. "Once, when I was feeling greatly elated, I finished one painting in a day." Kinh lost himself in his paintings as the flowers made him feel happy and peaceful. "Life is so busy and full of worry, I find tranquility and relaxation in painting," he said. "Through the exhibition, I want to pass on this … [Read more...]

VNMH held activities to celebrate the 30-4 and May 1

On 22/4/2014, VNMH held 3 activities to celebrate 39 years of reunion of Vietnam (30/4/1975 - 30/4/2014) and the Labor Day (May 1): opening the exhibition of Vietnamese ancient statues, announcing new logo of VNMH and officially launching the automatic guide system (AutoGuide) at 1 Trang Tien Exhibition Hall. Attending the ceremony were representatives from National Cultural Heritages Committee and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, colleagues and public media organizations. Ceramic statues used to be popular objects in ancient time. They were used by common people, in royal, decoration and religious purposes. The common usages led to the diversity in the type of statues. They could be friendly animals like pigs, roosters, buffalos… or daily wares like teapots, vases, cups, lamps. Visitors can enjoy the plain ceramic statues modeled in the early time by very simple technique, and see the sophisticated works made by high-level artisans later. The exhibition introduces … [Read more...]

Promoting the value of Dien Bien Phu historic relics

(VOV) - Heritage conservation is an endeavour that can protect historical relics and artifacts and contribute to economic development of the tourism industry in the northwestern region. This was the topic of a seminar held in Dien Bien Phu city on March 13, at which speakers emphasised the need for preserving historical sites while making the connection to the demands of tourists. Associate Professor, Dr Truong Quoc Binh from the National Cultural Heritage Committee said that it is necessary to archive and put a detailed sand table in museum to help tourists feel the time when Dien Bien Phu battle happened. Last year, Dien Bien welcomed more than 400,000 tourists including 66,000 international visitors. Pham Xuan Coi, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee expressed hope that the province will receive further funds to preserve the relics and promote its tourism potential. … [Read more...]

Be creative, do nothing

by Minh Thi HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Transport recently proposed a plan with three options to modify and modernise the iconic and historic Long Bien Bridge in Ha Noi. The rationale for the plan, the ministry said, is to accommodate rapidly growing traffic between the districts of Hoan Kiem and Long Bien, situated on either side of the Red River. The first option is to build a new bridge exactly where the old one stands, keeping the central part with the railway track intact, and removing other parts of the bridge elsewhere for preservation. A new, modern bridge of similar design as the old one is the second option, and the third is to modernise the bridge while retaining part of the central section and the trusses. Predictably, the plan has been greeted with dismay and the controversy is likely to heat up further in the days to come. Most people feel that any option in the proposed plan would end up ruining a priceless national heritage. Le … [Read more...]

Ethnic wellbeing ‘crucial’ to tourism

VietNamNet Bridge - The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces should focus on improving the lives of their ethnic minority communities as a crucial step to reinvigorating the faltering tourism sector in the region, experts say. Foreign travellers visit the home of an E De ethnic family in Lak District, Dak Lak Province. Thriving ethnic minority communities are essential to preserving and developing the region's unique cultural diversity, they added. Other challenges that need to be tackled urgently to revive tourism in the region include extensive deforestation, climate change impacts and the loss of intangible cultural treasures. Despite boasting great natural beauty and cultural diversity, tourism growth in the region only grew by 12 per cent annually in the 2001-10 period. The number of tourists to the region has not increased significantly during the past 10 years, and has even dropped in several years, Sai Gon Giai Phong reported on Saturday. It quoted Associate … [Read more...]

Ethnic well-being ‘crucial’ to tourism

The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces should focus on improving the lives of their ethnic minority communities as a crucial step to reinvigorating the faltering tourism sector in the region, experts say. Foreign travellers visit the home of an E De ethnic family in Lak District, Dak Lak Province. Photo Hong Ky Thriving ethnic minority communities are essential to preserving and developing the region's unique cultural diversity, they added. Other challenges that need to be tackled urgently to revive tourism in the region include extensive deforestation, climate change impacts and the loss of intangible cultural treasures. Despite boasting great natural beauty and cultural diversity, tourism growth in the region only grew by 12 per cent annually in the 2001-10 period. The number of tourists to the region has not increased significantly during the past 10 years, and has even dropped in several years, Sai Gon Giai Phong reported on Saturday. It quoted Associate Professor … [Read more...]