Unique Gemstone Market in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – A collection of 130 photos of women by noted Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Quoc Dung is being published this month in a retrospective of his 20-year career. A sexy woman in old brassieres. The collection, entitled “Mua Nang Phai” (Season of Faded Sunlight, includes black and white, color and photoshopped photos capturing Vietnamese women in traditional ao dai (long dress) and ao yem (brassieres). “These are the best photos I have taken in the past 20 years,” Dung, who is better known as Dzung Art, told Viet Nam News. “At first, I took photos of women in traditional costumes to collect materials for drawings. The more photos I took, the more inspiration I found and the more encouragements I got from audiences.” The photos reflect Dung’s start as a painter, being a combination of painting and photography. “Each kind of art (like painting, photography…) has its own language and life,” commented painter Le Thiet Cuong, “They don’t have to depend on one another to co-exist. But when all these arts mix in an artwork, they complement each other. This requires the professionalism of an artist.” “In ‘Mua Nang Phai’, Dzung Art succeeded in doing that,” he added. The painting feature in Dung’s photos is more like graphics with flat surfaces, very few details and clear outlines, Cuong noted. Dung’s women are featured in traditional long dresses, brassieres, long skirts posing in old houses, small ponds, by wells at a pagoda, in front of a village gate, or women…... [read more]

Entitled Fractured, the exhibition explores the fragility of beauty inspired by conflict in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Monaco-based artist Blake Ward showcases sculptures in which he aims to draw attention to the suffering of landmine victims in Vietnam. He has exhibited across the world including Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US and Hong Kong, and has galleries in the US, Canada and Italy. “My language is the figure and I feel the need to comment on the human condition, sometimes distorted by demons, and other times enchanted by all that are pure within us,” he said. The exhibition also displays paintings by soldier-artist Pham Van Luc, young talent Phan Dinh Khanh and veteran painter Phan Ke An. The exhibition will run until September 3 at the end of the George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia. It’s a part of the George Town Festival, an annual celebration of arts, culture, heritage, and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations and collaborations from international and local artists. “The festival seeks to create new and vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future,” said festival director Joe Sidek. With more than 100 showcases, the month-long programmes vary from art, design, photography, film, workshops, music, dance to drama as well as site-specific installations. The festival draws thousands of visitors each…... [read more]

A painting on "do" (poonah) paper in the Resistance series by George Burchett Hanoi (VNA) - Artworks inspired by conflicting fragments of lives, people and turmoil during wartime in Vietnam are on display at an exhibition of paintings and sculptures in Malaysia. Entitled Fractured, the exhibition explores the fragility of beauty inspired by conflict in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Monaco-based artist Blake Ward showcases sculptures in which he aims to draw attention to the suffering of landmine victims in Vietnam. He has exhibited across the world including Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US and Hong Kong, and has galleries in the US, Canada and Italy. “My language is the figure and I feel the need to comment on the human condition, sometimes distorted by demons, and other times enchanted by all that are pure within us,” he said.   Painter George Burchett, who was born in Hanoi, introduces The Resistence series depicting the narratives of heroic resistance. He was influenced strongly by his father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, who worked as a war correspondent in Vietnam. The exhibition also displays paintings by soldier-artist Pham Van Luc, young talent Phan Dinh Khanh and veteran painter Phan Ke An. The exhibition will run until September 3 at the end of the George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia. It’s a part of the George Town Festival, an annual celebration of arts, culture, heritage, and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the…... [read more]

Entitled Fractured, the exhibition explores the fragility of beauty inspired by conflict in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Monaco-based artist Blake Ward showcases sculptures in which he aims to draw attention to the suffering of landmine victims in Vietnam. A painting on "do" (poonah) paper in the Resistance series by George Burchett  He has exhibited across the world including Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US and Hong Kong, and has galleries in the US, Canada and Italy. “My language is the figure and I feel the need to comment on the human condition, sometimes distorted by demons, and other times enchanted by all that are pure within us,” he said. Painter George Burchett, who was born in Hanoi, introduces The Resistance series depicting the narratives of heroic resistance. He was influenced strongly by his father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, who worked as a war correspondent in Vietnam. The exhibition also displays paintings by soldier-artist Pham Van Luc, young talent Phan Dinh Khanh and veteran painter Phan Ke An. The exhibition will run until September 3 at the end of the George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia. It’s a part of the George Town Festival, an annual celebration of arts, culture, heritage, and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honor of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations and collaborations from international and local artists. “The…... [read more]

An outdoor exhibition featuring 50 photos of old Hanoi will be held on pedestrian streets near Hoan Kiem Lake from August 11 to 13. Luong Ngoc Quyen Street in 1996 by Nguyen Huu Bao The exhibition is organised by Sports and Culture Newspaper, Asia Friendship Company and Vietnamtourism-Hanoi JSC on the occasion of 10th anniversary of Bui Xuan Phai - For the Love of Hanoi Awards.  Eight winners of the grand prize, more than 50 nominations and 30 inspiring high-quality works of art depicting Hanoi and a love for Hanoi have been honoured at the awards. 50 photos are captured or collected by five photographers who have won Bui Xuan Phai Awards in the past decade including Le Vuong, Quang Phung, Nguyen Huu Bao, Dinh Trong Hieu and Dutch photographer Loes Herrink. Loes Herrink is the author of the photographs Hanoi bicycle vendors from above and ethnographer Dinh Trong Hieu was awarded for his collection of colour photos of Hanoi during 1914-1917.  Photographer Le Vuong was awarded the grand prize in 2016, Nguyen Huu Bao was awarded a work prize in 2017 and Quang Phung won the grand prize in 2013.    The photographers show an enthusiasm to participate in the exhibition and said it inspired them and make them want to do more for Hanoi.  Dinh Trong Hieu also sent two photos of serene Hanoi he took by Hoan Kiem Lake in 1979. Loes Herrink sent dozens of photos. She said she was mesmerised by the street vendors and…... [read more]

ASEAN photos on show in HanoiPhi Vu Visitors are seen at the photo exhibition which is open until August 11 at Ly Thai To Statue Square in Hanoi - PHOTO: TTXVN An outdoor photo exhibition highlighting landscapes, cultures and peoples of ASEAN member nations is on until August 11 at Ly Thai To Statue Square, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, the Vietnam News Agency reports. As part of a series of cultural and artistic events in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the seven-day exhibition with its theme “ASEAN countries and peoples” offers chances for local and regional photographers to meet up and talk about photography as well as promotes mutual understanding between ASEAN members. About 230 artworks by 136 photographers in the 10 ASEAN countries -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- are on display during the event, allowing visitors to explore the peoples, cultures and landscapes in the region.  The photos displayed at the exhibtion were selected from 10,000 entries of 1,200 amateur and professional photographers from ASEAN member nations who took part in the photo contest launched by the Department of Art, Photography and Exhibitions under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government of Hanoi City.    ... [read more]

Open as a tourist destination since March 2013, Thung Nham remains a relatively new and little-known attraction, welcoming just 30 visitors a day on average. On the plus side, the small number of visitors means Thung Nham retains a peaceful, untouched atmosphere and tourists can relax and enjoy the place, without suffering the crowds and noise that blight many popular tourist destinations. Lying among the mountains of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, Thung Nham is blessed with all of the striking natural landscapes found in Ninh Binh. Visitors have the chance to experience ecotourism with numerous beautiful lakes, ancient primary forests and mysterious caves. The area is becoming popular as a destination for honeymooners and as a romantic getaway, with charming individual bungalows and newly-established resorts attracting couples. Discovery tours on offer in the area include forest treks, cave visits and camping activities, with campfires and fishing on the menu. The area manages to combine man-made and natural charms in harmony. Thung Nham is wonderful in all four seasons, but its beauty really comes into its own in autumn, when temperatures cool and a thin layer of mist embraces the whole area, lending a fragile beauty to this poetic land. In autumn, the birds return to their nests for the night somewhat earlier. Bird spotting trips take visitors gliding through shrubs on a wooden boat on the lake around 5pm to the bird valley, where they are afforded arresting views of…... [read more]

The Skull Island Village in the World Heritage Site After showing for more than one month, the film “Kong: Skull Island” broke all previous records at the local box offices. To promote tourism, on April 15, 2017, the Trang An Landscape Management Board announced the restoration of the original backlot of the film on a total area of 10ha that consists of the tribal village with about 40 rattan tents set up with decorative items and models of a ship and airplane. To help visitors feel the magnificence of the film, more than 50 locals who played indigenous people are invited to reproduce the scenes in the film. the Trang An Landscape Management Board announced the restoration of the original backlot of the film  that consists of the tribal village with about 40 rattan tents set up with decorative items and models of a ship and airplane. Photo: Trong Chinh The ship in the film is restored. Photo: Cong Dat Lu Dinh Ton, 53, a “Hollywood’s Indigenous man”. Photo: Trong Chinh/VNP Items that appeared in the film. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP As many as 36 rattan tents in the village. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP Visitors make a selfie on the path to Kong village. Photo: Tat Son/VNP When returning to Vietnam to receive the title of tourism ambassador of Vietnam from 2017-2020, Jordan Vogt-Roberts said that when he selected the place to…... [read more]

An art photography project, I Femme, has been launched to help poor girls access education and to fund schools for poor children in Viet Nam, India and Nepal. The photographs that Ha will create for I Femme art photography project will paint the picture of modern, independent, liberal, successful women of the 21st century who are the owners of their own destiny even as they retain their cultural identity.  The project was initiated by Vietnamese photographer Viet Ha Tran and Ukrainian fashion brand Simplifi’s co-founder Tetyana Kretova. The team has raised EUR10,885 (US$12,929) via the GoFundMe website within one month of launching the project. They aim to raise EUR100,000 ($114,338) in the first year. Driven by the passion to change the world, coupled with a strong interest in art and fashion, the initiative, which aims to empower women, is slated to launch in late 2017 in cities such as Madrid, Moscow, London, Paris and Tokyo. The photographs that Hà will create for I Femme will paint the picture of modern, independent, liberal, successful women of the 21st century who are the owners of their own destiny as they strive to retain their cultural identity. These limited edition photographs, to be sold through exhibitions, auctions, and cultural events that will take place around the world, can be acquired by art collectors, galleries, museums and advocates of charity projects. The money from the artwork sales will be donated directly to the non-profit organisation Room to Read, which helps build schools for poor…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – An outdoor photo exhibition, showcasing the beauty of the landscape, culture and people of ASEAN countries, opened at Ly Thai To Statue Square on Hanoi’s walking street, on August 5. The exhibition, titled “ASEAN Countries and People,” was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the founding of ASEAN (1967-2017). On display are 230 works taken by 136 photographers from ten ASEAN countries, 61 of whom are Vietnamese. Fifty photos were taken in Vietnam, while 180 others were captured in the other nine ASEAN countries (20 photos each), all of which vividly and truthfully depict the country, people, culture, society, economy and exchange activities of the member nations. The photos were selected from the entrants to a contest launched by the Department of Art, Photography and Exhibitions, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which attracted 10,127 entries by 1,248 amateur and professional artists from across the ASEAN region. “This is the photographic exhibition with the highest number of entries that has been held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam in recent years. The photographic event will enhance the mutual understanding and relations among the countries, contributing to building a unified, active, developed, peaceful and prosperous ASEAN community,” said Vi Kien Thanh, head of the ministry’s Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition. The organising board also revealed that the exhibition has attracted the attention of many photographers…... [read more]




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