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Water-inspired art work reflect new perspectives (September 03, 2004)

Water is essential for life, but it can be a source for creation as well. This is the idea that 28 Vietnamese and foreign artists are realising at the Hanoi College of Fine Arts current art exhibition.

The exhibition, entitled Giving Water an Image, reflects artists' perceptions of life, through various materials and art mediums, including lacquer, wood carving, silk, installation, video, digital art and performance.

The artists considered water in many ways, including as a source of life, a close friend to human beings-and animals, a part of nature's power, or in danger of pollution.

"The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) sponsored a training course - this exhibition is the result," said German art lecturer Veronika Radulovic.

She said the project introduced young lecturers at the college to contemporary international art.

"We chose the topic because it has taken many forms both in historical and contemporary art," she said. "Moreover, the image of Ha Long Bay is a romanticised symbol of Vietnam. These two factors brought us to the decision."

Radulovic said the training course used artist Nguyen Luong Tieu Bach's sketches, who is the director of the college, in addition to contemporary artists from Germany, Sweden and Singapore. It used antiquated works as well, including artist Tran Dinh Tho, former director of the college, and his famous lacquer painting of Ha Long Bay.

"During my time with the artists, I learned many slang words, like nuoc, the Vietnamese word for water; I discovered the word's myriad value and different meaning as it passes from one language to another," she said.

Le Anh Van, vice director of the college, said the success of the exhibition relied on the artists' harmony while sharing creative ideas on the topic.

The exhibition will run at the college's exhibition hall, 42 Yet Kieu Street, until September 2. (VNS)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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