Vietnam Heritage October - November 2017 (Events)

(No.5, Vol.7,Oct-Nov 2017 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)


‘West Lake’
Till 30 October

Dong Phong Art Gallery is running a painting exhibition ‘West Lake’ of artist Anna-Maria Ory till 30 October. The exhibition includes several oil and pastel paintings were painted at the west coast of the lake in Hanoi, 2017, mixing the elements of both Eastern and Western traditions.
Dong Phong Art Gallery, 3 Ly Dao Thanh St, Hanoi. Open every day from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free entry.

Musicians’ portraits
Till 31 October

Savage is displaying photo portraits of musicians at Ostgut Booking – an artist residence for DJs in Berlin – taken by photographer Sven Marquardt from 2007 to 2017. Sven Marquardt’s photos combine formal severity and clear imagery with bleak impermanence. His photos impress viewers through interaction of ease, severity and the dramatic art of monochrome contrasting.
The exhibition is on till 31 October at Savage, 112 Xuan Dieu St, Hanoi. Free entry.

Return to innocence
Till 31 October
‘Fly in the Skies’ is a painting exhibition of artist Mai Dai Luu at the V-Artroom till 31 October. The exhibition brings audiences back to their innocent, yet mischievous childhood and closer to the world of children.
V-Artroom, 3rd Floor, IPH Indochina Plaza Hanoi. Free entry.

Undone art
Till 31 October
‘…Undone…’, a solo exhibition by artist Nguyen Tran Nam, is on till 31 October at Manzi Art Space. Dark and heavy, the series’ brutal beauty reveals the artist’s concern with both the dead and the living and portrays his obsession with the ruins of landscapes and life. Forming an imaginary realm unbound by truth, time or place, these are images of chases, riots, crushed faces prostrate on the streets, someone’s shadow just gliding through the darkness on the other side of a door. The depictions seem to pass by without reason, no beginning or ending, no explanation. And viewers are left to doubtfully wonder about moments of insecurity in the past, and realise that they are not individual points in time but a permanent presence, that we have been and will always be stuck in.
Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich St, Hanoi. Free entry.

Round sound
13 October to 3 November
The Goethe Institut Hanoi will present premiere two sound installations by the German artist and composer Tim Otto Roth from 13 October to 3 November. Both installations, hanging from the ceiling above the visitor, describe a circular motion but in different ways.
Goethe Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hanoi. Open: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free entry.

Mutated art
Till 4 November

L’Espace is running an art exhibition ‘La sourire de la mutation’ by three artists from France, Belgium and Vietnam.  The exhibition explores the theme of the changes in urban space through different perspectives including visual, dance and installation art.
The exhibition is on at L’Espace till 4 November, 24 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Free entry.

The gilded age
Till 30 November
Vietnam National Museum of History is displaying nearly 100 documents and lacquered and glided wood objects dating from the Le and Nguyen dynasties (from 17th to the early of 20th century). The objects are quite rich and varied in designs with unique decorative patterns.
The exhibition runs till 30 November at Vietnam National Museum of History, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Open: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on every first Monday of the month).

Jazz in the jungle
15 October
Artist Stanford Reid from Brooklyn, New York, America, will perform at Heritage Space at 8 p.m. 15 October. This time, he will not only bring to you his smooth Jazz but also familiar melodies which he has experienced during his stay in Vietnam.
Heritage Space, 1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyen Hoang St, My Dinh 2 Ward, Hanoi. Ticket: VND100,000 to VND150,000. Tel: (024) 6254-3319.

Classical romance
18 and 19 October
A concert with conductor Nguyen Khac Thanh and the artists from Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, will be performed at 8 p.m. 18 and 19 October at L’Espace.
The concert features the works of Franz Schubert.
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, HoanKiem Dist., Hanoi. Ticket: VND120,000 to VND190,000.
Tel: (024) 3936-2164

‘Figaro’, others
28 October

Conductor Gudni Emilsson, violinist Trong Binh and artists from the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. 28 October at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.
The programme includes the overture ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and violin concerto N.5 in A major, KV.219 ‘Turkish’ by W. Mozart, and symphony N.1 in C major, Op.21 by Beethoven.
Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam St, Dong Da Dist., Hanoi. Ticket: VND200,000 to VND500,000. Can book online ticket via ticketvn.com.

Festival of lights

Till 30 November
Gamuda Lantern Festival is on till 30 November at Yen So Park, Hoang Mai Dist., Hanoi from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The event includes a light party with thousands of illuminating lanterns, street arts, food stalls and folk games. Free entry


Loss of heritage
Till 3 November
The oil and Dong Ho folk painting exhibition ‘Abandoned by Heaven’ by artist Bui Thanh Tam will be on at Craig Thomas Gallery till 3 November.  The artist gives a question in his latest series: where is Vietnamese society is heading if it fails to cultivate and nurture its centuries’ old traditional folk arts and cultural practices?
Dong Ho folk painting is a symbolic of traditional Vietnamese culture. It has long been used in Vietnam by craftspeople to express their concerns about social, political and cultural issues. As a metaphor for cultural loss, Mr Tam chooses Dong Ho painting on most of his artworks. Once produced by hundreds of craftspeople in a number of villages of Northern Vietnam, the practice has all but died out.  Once a proud piece of Vietnam’s cultural heritage, Dong Ho painting is now likely to be produced on printing presses and sold as kitsch to foreign visitors to the country.
Craig Thomas Gallery, 27i Tran NhatDuat St, Tan Dinh Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

‘Better to reign in hell…’
Till 26 November

‘Paradise Lost’ by artist Hoang Thanh Vinh Phong will be displayed at the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre till 26 November. The exhibition brings viewers to a world where the familiar is made strange, the mundane mythologised and the symbolic re-arranged. Through the shifting of shape and twisting of material, images and objects from the everyday are taken out of context, heightened with a sense of ambiguity, asking us to look beyond what our first glance has to offer.
Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di St, Thao Dien Ward, Dist.2, Ho Chi Minh City. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket: VND35,000.

Post-war art
Till 26 November
‘Spirit of Friendship’ is on at the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre till 26 November. The exhibition highlights the role and contribution of artistic friendships in the development of experimental art practice in Vietnam since 1975. It includes a time line mapping the establishment of relevant artist groups since 1975, where evidence – such as quoted testimonial and documentary photographs – will reveal the rise of experimental artistic activity across the country.
Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di St, Thao Dien Ward, Dist.2, Ho Chi Minh City. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket: VND35,000.

The cruel queen
20 and 21 October
The opera ‘Fredegonde’ will be on at 8 p.m. on 20 and 21 October at the Opera House.
It is directed by Caroline Blanpied, conducted by Patrick Souillot and has participation by the artists from Korean Children Choir of HCMC and HBSO Opera, Ballet & Symphony Orchestra.
Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: (028) 6270-4450. Ticket: VND200,000 to VND800,000.

A hodgepodge of music
29 October

A music night with conductor Hector Guzman, violinist Vu Viet Chuong and artists from HBSO Opera, Ballet and Symphony Orchestra, will be on at 8 p.m. 29 October at the Opera House.
The performance includes Sergei Rachmaninov’s symphony No.2; the works from the opera ‘Candide’ by Leonard Bernstein; and melody of songs from the movies such as ‘Ladies in Lavender’ by Nigel Hess, ‘Schindler’s List’ by John Williams, and ‘Scent of a Woman’ by Carlos Gardel. Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel: (028) 6270-4450. Ticket: VND200,000 to VND800,000.

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