“Vietnam-where I live”, a portrait of Vietnam through the lens of young designers

Portraits of famous persons by late artist Choe on display Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily Thirty caricature portraits of famous Vietnamese characters by late artist Choe were unveiled at an exhibition at Lac Truong Xuan Gallery in HCMC’s District 1 last weekend. The “Vietnam’s famous persons through the angles of Choe” exhibition featured oil paintings by popular artists in different generations, including late musicians Van Cao, Trinh Cong Son, Pham Duy and Phan Huynh Dieu, and late poets Bui Giang, Xuan Dieu, Huy Can and Nguyen Binh, and late music professor Tran Van Khe, and Choe’s self-portrait, among others. These artworks are among 60 portraits of famous persons created during the year 1995 in an order placed by paintings collector Han Duc Minh. The collection was then transferred from Han Duc Minh to an anonymous collector who has agreed to organize this exhibition to mark the 20th anniversary of these portraits. Artist Choe started to draw caricature portraits of Vietnam’s famous persons after completing a collection of paintings of world famous characters and portraits of 41 presidents of the United States. When he was alive, Choe had an ambition to draw a large portrait of Nguyen Du, one of the greatest poets of Vietnam in the 18th century by collaging pieces of 3,254 verses of the immortal Kieu poem. However, he couldn’t make it due to a severe sickness causing his death in 2003. His wife, Nguyen Thi Kim Loan, and his son Hai Dong,…... [read more]

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Music Night “Improvisation” with Peter Jacobson and Vu Nhat Tan Tranquil, 5 Nguyen Quang Bich, Hoan Kiem District, The programme will be an interactive musical event between the two artists, between a cello and a piano, and between the two artists and the audiences. Peter Jacobson is a young cellist from Los Angeles, where he lives and performs different genres ranging from classical, modern music to jazz, Latino and improvised music. He will play with Vu Nhat Tan’s piano, also ranging from acoustic to experimental. Entrance: VND100,000 Hanoi-Soundscape “Five Emotions for Hanoi” by Michael Schiefel Until Sep 10, Goethe Institute 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, The singer, composer and sound artist Michael Schiefel presents an interactive soundscape, together with media expert Fabian Bronner. HCMC- Performance by London-based DJ DJ Marco Shuttle Sep 9, 9pm The Observatory, 5 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, D4 An underground music and light show with London-based DJ Marco Shuttle Born in Italy, Shuttle worked as promoter and DJ at local underground clubs. After travelling to London to gain his MA in fashion at St Martin’s School of Arts, he became involved in the city’s clubbing scene. Shuttle has released extended plays featuring his music inspired by Detroit techno, New York deep house and garage music. In 2012, he launched his own label EERIE Records. The show will also feature resident DJs Chris Wolter and OKO, and visual artist EROL. ___________________________________________________________________________ EXHIBITIONS Hanoi-Exhibition “An Encounter” Dong Phong Gallery, 3 Ly Dao…... [read more]

Vietnamese artistic talent needs to make itself better known locally. As local massive wealth presents itself in personal possessions - giant houses, giant cars, giant TVs - now is a prime opportunity for Vietnamese wealth to embed itself with the arts. Patronage of the arts is a unique form of status in the Western world and can prove a solid return on investment if you know what’s hot and what’s not in the creative world. Instead of investing in rhino horn, ivory tusks, and weird tree stumps carved into something even weirder, why not sponsor the latest talent? Becoming a household name for backing a gifted artist, photographer, writer or videographer is much more worthwhile than contributing to the extinction of endangered plants and animals. Copying the works of the West is slowly morphing into a home-grown innovative movement of young talent busy exploring their personal expressive outlets and manifesting their points-of-view on life through art; both from the perspective of a Vietnamese living in a Vietnamese world and from a universal perspective all people can relate to. The local Internet content is full of those who reached the top – not necessarily those still on the road up the mountain. Vietnamese graphic artists are producing world quality comic books and artworks winning prizes overseas yet receive little or no real publicity back home. Long Than Tuong, a book by a group including young Thanh Phong, is a fine example, winning awards in Japan, the home of Manga. Meanwhile, Phung…... [read more]

A scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 movie Apocalypse Now. Despite its technical prowess, Apocalypse Now perpeptuates some false, prejudiced image of Vietnam. Movies, especially the more serious ones, are powerful educational and political tools. Through them, young people learn about the past, and what is depicted in movies often influence our perception of things. War movies in particular should be watched carefully, because war is a serious matter, and whatever is represented by filmmakers, whether confidently as historical truth, or with ostentatious modesty as just another artistic vision, may be perniciously misleading. Bombarded by the celebratory propaganda of Vietnamese television about the Vietnam War every April 30, I was spurred this year to watch and re-watch some classic American movies about the war to see whether there is propaganda in them. Randomly I picked 8 well-known feature films: The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Born on the 4th of July, Heaven and Earth, The Quiet American, and Rescue Dawn. (Set before the American involvement in Vietnam, The Quiet American isn’t about the Vietnam War precisely, but its portrait of Vietnam still serves my purpose). To my surprise, The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now turn out to be bad movies. With all of their superb camerawork, sound and acting, they are great technically, but not good, when history is taken into account. The Deer Hunter takes a metaphor more appropriate to another context and puts it into the context of the Vietnam War, disregarding the fact that…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - In Hanoi, it is very common to see groups of well- dressed young people sitting quietly in a coffee shop or on the sidewalk. They can sit on red and blue plastic chairs to eat noodles or put their legs on a rattan-made chair while their hands surf Facebook on smartphones. But their faces are often sad... We don't see them do exercise, but only sit quietly to think or even better, they pose for photographs. Is that the portrait of young townspeople today? Idle in the mind These young townsfolk are easily to make the list of coffee shops or restaurants, where they can seat but it is hard for them to name the places for physical movement where they can release energy. Even the middle-aged people do not know what to do. After parties at the office of with friends, they only go to a karaoke bar. Perhaps the remaining joy of youth, a constant source, is gathering in groups. Unlike many cities with the aged population in developed countries, in Hanoi, one can easily see young people. The need to share, gather is inevitable so the spaces to satisfy their needs thrive. They create spaces for themselves around the outstanding architectural works like the Cathedral, the Hanoi Opera House, Thang Long Royal Citadel, the path along the West Lake, large commercial centers or simply coffee shops along the streets of Trieu Viet Vuong, Nguyen Huu Huan and Hang Non. These spaces give them a…... [read more]

(VOVworld) - Thirty oil canvas portraits of Vietnam's international friends in the 20th century are featured in an exhibition that opened on Tuesday in Hanoi. The exhibition is the continuation of a book entitled 'Vietnam and friends' hearts', released in 2006. The portraits depic outstanding international activists, writers, and politicians from around the world who supported Vietnam during its struggle for national independence and re-building. Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, says: "This is the first time we've completed 30 oil paintings portraying Vietnam's most outstanding friends from five continents, who through their statements and deeds demonstrated their unity with Vietnam. We hope that the exhibition is useful for Vietnamese people, especially the younger generation, in remembering this assistance. For those involved in people-diplomacy, this is an event to help all others know what the world did for Vietnam. That understanding will help guide our nation's growth today." Among the 30 paintings are portraits of Chinese late-President Mao Zedong, late-President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Il-sung, Swedish late-President Olof Palme, former Cuban President Fidel Castrol, British social activist Len Adis, and Raymond Aubrac, leader of the French Resistance.... [read more]

Three months of work paid off for videographer Pierre Ogeron.The result of his labor is a stirring, colorful portrait of Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, during summer. Tourists bustle through the former capital's squares and restaurants, fireworks crackle in the distance, and the skyscrapers glow neon against the night sky. The video is called "Saigon Sail," a combination of Ho Chi Minh's former name ("Saigon") and the song Ogeron used as a bed for his masterpiece ("Sail," by Los Angeles rockers Awolnation.)... [read more]

(VOV) - 'I'm very moved to praise painter Dang Ai Viet for her artistic portraits of Vietnam's Heroic Mothers', Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung remarked at an exhibition called 'Graceful drawing lines' a year ago on the occasion of the 65 anniversary of the Vietnamese Martyrs and War Invalids Day. Viet was recognized in May to have set a record for drawing the most portraits of Vietnamese heroic mothers. The 60-year-old painter said the 1,000 paintings is her way of paying tribute to these women for their great sacrifice and indomitable spirit. Dang Ai Viet long nurtured the dream of touring the country painting heroic mothers. In 2010 she was finally able to begin the journey. Having worked for the Vietnam Liberated Women's Union during the American war, Viet understands and respects the role these women played in wartime. In February, 2010, Viet began her tour on an old Chaly motorbike, visiting the homes of these special women all over the country. In a bit more than 3 years, as of April of this year, she has managed to paint 1,122 portraits of heroic Vietnamese mothers. She calls what she has done 'a race with time to record the images of the mothers of those who sacrificed their lives for the Vietnamese nation'. Viet says "I respect all heroic Vietnamese mothers both in my mind and in my heart. They shared the same pain of losing their sons during the war. Some like the mothers who only had one son,…... [read more]

Nhan Dan Online - More than 20 watercolour paintings capturing the contemporary life in Vietnam by Singaporean painter Choo Meng Foo are now on display at an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Themed 'Portraits of Vietnam', the exhibits recreate the tranquil landscapes in the Southeast Asian country as well as its nice and homey people. One of the most inspiring topics of the Singaporean artist is Vietnamese women, which can be seen through paintings 'The Vendor', 'Sisters' and 'The Little Girl in Ha Long Bay'. According to painter Choo, he has been to Vietnam several times and has visited some tourist attractions in the country, including Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, My Tho, Hanoi and Quang Ninh province's Ha Long Bay. He was so impressed by the charming natural beauty and the friendliness of the local people that he produced a number of artworks on Vietnam and brought them to the public to enjoy. The exhibition will last until May 19 at the Art Ancient Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. (Source: VNA/ Translated by Nhan Dan Online)... [read more]

In Vietnam, for every 100 square kilometers of land there is 1 km length of coastline. This is an important "territory" statistic for the development of port and marine, as well as the marine economic zones. Seas are not only a key factor in national economic development strategy and the national security and defense, but also a prerequisite to the maritime economy, helping to turn associated services into spearhead marine industries. Abundant marine potentials. As Vietnam Marine Strategy 2020 emphasized: "The sea has great significance for us to develop and expand international exchanges. The potential of marine and coastal resources of our country is very important for the development of the country ... ". Vietnam has been granted abundant marine resources with large exploiting capabilities, making important contributions to the growth and economic restructuring, including oil and gas, which are key resources with the most prominent position in Vietnam's waters. Although compared to many countries, Vietnam's oil and gas resources are not very large; these resources play a very important role especially in the startup phase of the economy into industrialization and modernization. Great capabilities of port development and shipping are the dominant factor and important resource for marine economic development in the direction of industrialization and modernization. Many areas along the coastline have been identified to have potential to construct ports, including deep-water ports locations as: Cai Lan and a number of areas in Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long, Nghi Son, Hon La - Vung Ang, Chan,…... [read more]

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