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Vietnam's Fine Art Museum to celebrate Southern Liberation (May 03, 2003)

Vietnamese Heroine Kan Lich
Heroine Kan Lich, oil, by Huynh Phuong Dong. — Photo retaken by Duc Ngoc
Visitors to the HCM City Fine Arts Museum on Wednesday may feel like it’s April 30, 1975. Or at least that’s what organisers of a special exhibit marking Liberation Day hope.

Including works from 80 Vietnamese artists, the show captures both historical events during the American War from 1959 to 1975, and daily life in Viet Nam after the war.

The instalment of the more than 130 paintings is one of a slew of cultural and athletic activities in the southern city commemorating the 28th anniversary of the liberation of South Viet Nam.

And its mixture of oil paintings, lacquers and bright-coloured work has made the exhibit popular with art critics and laypeople alike.

Paintings such as Ngay Giai Phong (Liberation Day) by Ngo Tuy Phuong, Chien Khu U Minh (U Minh Base) by Le Minh and Nhung Dua Con Cua Bau Troi Binh Gia (Binh Gia’s Children) by Huynh Phuong Dong portray the daily life and spiritual journey of Vietnamese soldiers.

Other striking works featuring the nations heroes are Anh Hung Kan Lich (Hero Kan Lich), Anh Hung Nguyen Van Quang (Hero Nguyen Van Quang) and Nhung Dan Cong Di Tai Dan (Volunteers Bring Ammunitions).

"The exhibition made a strong impression on my soul," said Nguyen Thanh Thuy, a student at HCM City Fine Arts College.

"I was impressed by Anh Hung Kan Lich. The painting portrays Kan Lich, one of the country’s heroines who had an optimistic spirit and childlike love for life even though she was facing a fight to the finish," said Thuy.

The exhibit brings to life history known to young people mostly through the stories of their parents or from the pages of textbooks.

"Looking the paintings, young people like me who have grown up in a unified country will get more of a sense how our life of peace... is derived from the sacrifice, blood and tears of the elder generation," Thuy said.

Running until May 15, the exhibit is at the Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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