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Heritage festival features contemporary art in Hoi An (April 05, 2005)

The streets have no name: A viewer takes in Bui Cong Khanh’s Pho Hoi An (Hoi An Street) in oil on canvas at the exhibition. Out of the 27 artists on display Khanh is the only one from Quang Nam. — VNS Photo Thuy Ha.
Twenty-seven paintings and ceramic works encompassing different themes and media are on display at a contemporary art exhibition which opened yesterday in Hoi An. The exhibition is part of the Quang Nam Heritage Itinerary Festival.

The show gathers 27 artists of different generations from Ha Noi, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and HCM City, including Tran Luu Hau, Luong Xuan Doan, Dinh Quan, Dang Thi Khue, Nguyen Tan Cuong, Bui Cong Khanh, Nguyen Thi Chau Giang and Dao Minh Tri.

"Each artist has a work displayed at the exhibit, which has no defined theme. This makes the show special as the artists are showing all the aspects of life though the time," said Ha Noi’s 53-year-old painter Doan whose water colour Chan Dung Thieu Nu (Girl Portrait) is being shown at the exhibition.

"The other special thing is that these artists belong to different generations who witnessed the American and French wars and the changes of life in peaceful times. This can be seen in their works.

"I think the great thing is that modern art is being shown in the ancient city of Hoi An, which alongside My Son, is world cultural heritage site," Doan added.

At 77 years old, Hanoian Hau is the oldest artist at the exhibition, while Quang Nam-born Bui Cong Khanh, 29, represents the younger generation.

The art works, in oil on canvas, acrylic, lacquer, pastel, mixed media, and ceramic, are insights in to the artists’ souls.

"What these works have in common is a sense of nostalgia displayed in a modern way," said Doan.

The 100sq.m space is filled with the artists’ stories depicted in both realistic and abstract forms.

Quan’s Trinh Nu (Virgin), Hoang Dang’s Mua Ca Mua (Singing and Dance Season), Ha Tri Hieu’s Hoa Sy va Mau (Painter and Model), Tri’s Uoc Vong Cua Ca (Fish Aspiration) and Giang’s Cam Xuc Tinh Yeu (Love’s Motion) are abstract works in warm colours.

The exhibition is open to the public until April 2 at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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