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Installation art offers a new taste for Vietnamese lovers (October 06, 2004)


The emergence of installation art is offering a new taste for art lovers in Vietnam. Researchers say the sense of installation has taken shape in the country since time immemorial. The virtues of installation could be seen in every Vietnamese household, from the arrangement of the kitchen or the altar in the house of a farmer to the elegant and well-organised fittings in the lecture room of a Confucius scholar.

Installation, an indispensable part of daily life, has gradually become an art as a result of people’s boundless creativity. Modern life is forcing people to be more dynamic and artists have employed installation art to express their interest in a changing society and their desire for innovation.

Deputy Secretary General of the Vietnam Fine Art Association, Painter Huy Oanh said: “The language of art has become more and more diverse. It removes things, which fail to articulate aspirations and ambitions of the younger generation. Therefore, there is a need for a new language of art, which should originate from the tradition of each nation.”

According to painter Luong Xuan Doan, while painting appears to have come to a standstill, installation art has incited a new taste of aesthetics. Since the late 1990s, this art form has been put on display at various exhibitions in Vietnam. At the 4th National Fine Art and Sculpture Exhibition in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City early this year, installation works attracted the attention of a large number of visitors. Viewers were intrigued and had diffident views about the implication of an artwork called “The appearance” which featured numerous pieces of instant noodle. Many artists took up aluminium and rusted metal wires to illustrate their anti-war attitude or arranged forks and spoons in the shape of a fish to raise people’s awareness of environmental protection.

Painter Truong Tan said: “I have taken to installation art when painting can no longer fully express my ideas although this art form has been introduced overseas for long. Now I have the feeling that I can completely speak my mind.”

Mr Luong said installation art, which requires a larger space and shifts from manual skills to the application of scientific and technological advances, has created a more convenient environment for artists to make full use of their creativity. A young painter Nguyen Tri Manh confided that he likes this new art form because it provides a means for brainstorming and poses more challenges to face. Many installation art exhibitions won high acclaim from the audiences while others drove viewers from surprise to shock with artist using their own body languages to create their art works, backed by state-of-the-art audio-visual effects. Art critic Nguyen Quan said this installation art lies within the boundary between different art forms and is dubbed “the multi-media language of art”. It reminds people of many urgent social issues they have to face, including traffic, drug abuse and social evils. People accept it because it can convey to them issues of concern in daily life, he said.

Reprinted from VOV News

     

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