Vietnam Heritage June - July 2018 (Events)

(No.3, Vol.8,Jun-Jul Vietnam Heritage Magazine)



Death, decay and spirit
Till 23 June

The exhibition ‘Ephemera’, or ‘Phu Du’ in Vietnamese, by Marianne Smolska, is on till 23 June at Dong Phong Gallery, 3 Ly Dao Thanh St, Hanoi.
Her illustrations not only revive French and Dutch 17th Century art, allegorical works of art in the form of still life about death and the futility of human passions, but also elements of Vietnamese culture; the use of organic paper, celestial in her raw, nearly flayed embroideries, Marianne Smolska does not seek to conceal injury. She re-stitches it; she re-clothes the dead, decking them with back, blue and blood red flowers and embroideries and heals the wounds.

Keeping craft alive
Till 30 June

Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Centre is showcasing crafted works from 20 young designers and entrepreneurs in a contest ‘Craft and Designs Challenge 2017’, till 30 June.
The exhibited works combine age-old knowledge with contemporary designs and span a wide range of disciplines and products. Together, they serve as suggestions towards innovative and sustainable ways of preserving and developing Vietnam’s craft sector.
Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Centre, 50 Dao Duy Tu St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi.

Rustic imagination
Till 30 June

The solo exhibition by Nguyen Huy An ‘Calculus Exercise #6/5’, is on till 30 June at the Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich St, Hanoi.
In this exhibition, the artist shows small, simple, serene and poetic paintings on dó paper portraying iconic rural sceneries alongside a continuation of his intriguing experimentation with conceptual writings.

A photo finish
Till 6 July

A World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 will be held at the Vietnam Fine Arts University from 16 June to 6 July.
The exhibition will showcase the stories and photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest. The winners were chosen from more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.
Vietnam Fine Arts University, 42 Yet Kieu St, Hanoi.
­Free entry.

Looking inward
Till 15 July
More than 34 artworks by 10 young artists are displayed till 15 July at the Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art, 72A Nguyen Trai St, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Free entry.
The exhibition presents a range of artworks of realism, expressionism and abstractism opening a door for innovative and diverse modes of expression: self-reflection, self-examination.

Faces of the ancients
Till 18 July
An exhibition of Torres Strait masks will be showcased till 18 July at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Trong Dong Building, Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi. Open hours: 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., closed on Mondays.
Torres Strait is a network of islands located between Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The making and wearing of beautifully decorated masks is one of the region’s most distinctive traditions.

‘Summer’ all day
Till 2 September
‘Summer’ with oil-on-canvas paintings of artist Bui Trong Du is on till 2 September at the Lotte Centre Hanoi, 54 Lieu Giai St, Hanoi. Free entry.

Recycled flora
Till 31 December

The exhibition ‘Rubbish of the Spring 2018’ is on till 31 December at the Vicas Art Studio, 32 Hao Nam St, Dong Da Dist., Hanoi. The artworks were created with peach blossom branches were thrown away after the Lunar New Year. They imply how people can have a more positive attitude towards their ecological and social environment.

Multimedia trees
Till 9 July

‘Tra Art’, a multi-sensory exhibition on Shan tea, wild tea trees of hundreds years old grown by ethnic minorities in Ha Giang Province, is on till 9 July at the L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Free entry.
The exhibition includes five excellent artists from five different fields to collaborate and give the audience an unprecedented experience: Nguyen Quynh Phuong – animator, Marcus Bowler – 3D artist, the late Gérald Gorridge – painter, Tran Thu Hang – sculptor, Ngo Hong Quang – artist/musician.



Symbols greater than nature
Till 30 June

The exhibition, ‘Between Fragmentation and Wholeness’, by Truong Cong Tung is on till 30 June at the Galerie Quynh, 118 Nguyen Van Thu St, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.
His installation will bring viewers to a multidimensional reality. The bodies of works appear in various mediums from collaged sculptures of natural and manmade objects to video installations and layered drawings in light boxes. All contribute to a powerful language of semiotics – of self-indicated signs – which moves beyond the mimesis of nature.

Dark wisdom
Till 13 July

‘Oration For Ten Types of Sentient Beings’, a solo exhibition by artist Pham Tran Viet Nam is on till 13 July at the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di St, Dist.2, Ho Chi Minh City. Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Ticket: VND35,000.
The exhibition the artist’s frustration with an unjust world where humans are trapped in the cycle of life and death. Demons and corpses pervade the series of large-scale paintings on the wall, drawn in 2011-2013. They resemble the artist’s scattered dreams and obsessions.


A night at the opera
19 June
A night of Antonin Dvorak will be on at 8.p.m. 19 June at the Saigon Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
The show has performances of conductor Honna Tetsuji, cellist Ngo Hoang Quan and artists from HBSO Opera, Ballet & Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets range from VND650,000.

Modern movement
29 and 30 June
HBSO Opera, Ballet & Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Netherlands dance company Gotra ,will debut a contemporary dance, ’Cafe Saigon’ at 8p.m. 29 and 30 June at the Saigon Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tickets range from VND650,000.


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