(No.3, Vol.6,Apr-May 2016 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)
‘The streets without Phai, Phai without the streets’
From 14 April until undetermined
Apricot Hanoi Hotel
136 Hang Trong St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi. Tel: (04) 3828-9595
An art exhibition entitled ‘The streets without Phai, Phai without the streets’, featuring a collection of works by the late Bui Xuan Phai is on display at Apricot Hotel in Hanoi from 14 April. Seven of Phai’s paintings, alongside an array of works illustrating Hanoi’s streets by renowned Vietnamese artists who followed in Phai’s footsteps will hang in the lobby of the hotel. These signature paintings have never been on display in public before, and reveal a different, lesser-known yet substantially more complex side to the most illustrious of all Vietnamese modern painters. As a supporter of the Nhan Van movement advocating political and cultural freedom, Phai’s work was banned from public display for decades. Phai died in 1988 and was posthumously awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize, Vietnam’s highest accolade for artists, in 1996.
‘Vietnam in 80s’
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St,
Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi.
Tel: (04) 3936-2164
A photographic exhibition, ‘Vietnam in 80s’ by Michel Blanchard is on showcase at L’Espace in Hanoi. Working as an journalist from 1976 to 2006, Michel Blanchard was the AFP bureau chief in Hanoi for two years, from 1981 to 1983. He continued to visit Vietnam for over ten years as a writer of travel guides, which first appeared after the war. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for the Vietnamese to savor the nostalgia before the great transformation of the 1990s took place, as well as the economic boom that followed it. Free entry.
Exhibition ‘Storyteller – Contemporary
Art from Leipzig’
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi. Tel: (04) 3733-2131
Goethe-Institute Hanoi presents the exhibition, “Storyteller – Contemporary Art from Leipzig” in cooperation with the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts at the premises of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. The works of eleven artists tell stories which could occur in the exact same way, but in different places; in a studio, on boulevards in Brooklyn or in one’s favorite pub in Leipzig-Lindenau. Since the 1970s, the art world has used the term “Leipziger Schule”. However, it is not a consistent style which interconnects the associated artists Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Mattheuer and Werner Tübke, but their domain: the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. The exhibition “Storyteller” presents works of the third generation, which has been shaped particularly by the students of Heisig and Mattheuer – Sighard Gille and Arno Rink – and which still reveals a tendency to tell stories.
‘Hanoi 18h/6h, Hue 18h/6h’ Exhibition
From 29 April to 4 May at MGallery
La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, 5 Le
Loi St, Hue City.
A collection of 30 photographs that illuminate Hanoi and Hue at night will go on display at the MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa in Hue from 29 April until 4 May. Conceived, executed and produced by Sebastien Laval, a Poitiers, France-based photographer with ties in Vietnam that date back to the early 1990s, the haunting images in the ‘Hanoi 18h/6h, Hue 18h/6h’ exhibit evoke surreal perspectives of otherwise ordinary settings – quiet alleys, lonely railways and fluorescent-lit shops. The oldest photos in Laval’s collection date back to December 2007 when he first ventured into the streets of Hanoi with his camera. He discovered a new urban landscape, transformed by the absence of harsh, flooding daylight into a more magical place, alive with colors and textures that require the company of starlight and moonlight for resolution.
For the work to be exhibited at La Residence, Laval used a digital camera, and no dedicated artificial light. He created all of his images between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.The images will hang in the lobby at La Residence.
“The Street dreams”
Until 11 May
Toong Co-working Space
3rd, No 8 Trang Thi St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
An exhibition entitled“The Street Dreams” by Hanoi based Nguyen The Duy is on display from 11 April until 11 May at Toong Co-working Space in Hanoi. With a history of thousands of years and through numerous vicissitudes with dynasties, Hanoi has become a city with rich and diverse architecture while stillretaining the antique soul of Asian beauty. The exhibition “The Street Dreams” features 15 artworks focusing on the subject of Hanoi with old streets and ancient temples. There is no rush in Hanoi’s “36 artisan guilds and old streets”, as in the industrial cities, where themodern features of Western culture interfere. But what remains in the viewer’s mind is the beauty of traditional art and the nation’s marked cultural identity.
Series of Architecture, Music
and Visual Arts events
Dolphin Plaza Building, 28 Tran Binh St, My Dinh Area, Hanoi
Until 27 April
Heritage Space will hold a series of events of Visual Arts, Architecture and Music. For architecture, the film “Great Expectation” (director: Jesper Wachtmeister) provided by the Club of Architecture Cinema and implemented by Ashui.com. For Visual Arts, an exhibition of painting, installation, multimedia and concept works and entitled “Heritage Space ”. It presents the selected products of artists who have been cooperating with Heritage Space recently. For music, there is a show of New Music by composer Vu Nhat Tan and his collaborators. The product is called ‘Coi Vang’ (Empty World) and will last about 50 minutes. Free entrance. Contact: Thanh Thoa at 0168 437 3611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
29 April – 4 May
Hue Festival, Viet Nam's bi-annual signature cultural series of activities, comes back in 2016 with a focus on the 710-year history of the land, aiming to uphold the city’s traditional values and showcasing its modernity. The festival gathers artists from 20 countries with France playing as the main partner. The troupes include Guangdong Theatre from China, the Cancer band from Denmark, Michal Milczareck Trio from Poland, Della Mae from the US, Hallelujah from Israel, Germein Sisters from Australia and Yun Myung-hwa from South Korea. Domestic arts companies and street arts troupes also bring interesting performances to this festival such as the Cleopatra belly dance group from Hanoi, Giao Thoi band from HCM City and Viet Nam Circus Federation.
Besides this, the festival is also a combination of traditional culture, art and tourism activities with great attractions and high community orientation, which contribute to promoting local socio-economic development, including: Royal Night, Orient Legends, beer carnival, international food festival, old car exhibition, ancient village festival in Phuoc Tich Village, traditional boat race on Huong River and kite festival. www.huefestival.com
Photo contest Hoi An -
A photo contest with the theme ‘Hoi An: Untold Stories’ organized by People’s Committee of Hoi An City and Golden Sand Resort and Spa is underway. It is aimed to introduce and promote the views, peoples, cultures and tourism in Hoi An to domestic and international tourists. Register and submit photos via email@example.com untill 28 May. Those who make it to the final round will be in Hoi An for two days to take photos of the city. Winners will be announced on 4 June.
First prize is VND15 millions and a two-night stay at the Golden Sand Resort and Spa. Second is VND10 millions and a one-night stay at the Golden Sand Resort and Spa. Third is VND5 millions and a one-night stay at the Golden Sand Resort and Spa.
The judges are Mr Nguyen Van Lanh, head of the Hoi An Culture and Information Office, photographer Hoang Ha, head of the pictorial department of Zing News and photographer Na Son.
For more information: www.hoianchuyenchuake.com
HO CHI MINH CITY
A Night of American Music
8pm, 29 April
“A Night of American Music” will feature internationally famed Vietnamese French violinist Stephane Tran Ngoc, a world class violinist, who has won many prestigious awards such as the Lipizer and the Paganini at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Grand Prix Award at the Long-Thibaud International Competition in 1990. Audience will enjoy Mr. Ngoc’s rendition of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Concerto for Violin in D minor, with the accompaniment of the HBSO Symphony Orchestra and conductor Tran Nhat Minh, as well as works from American composers Benjamin Britten and Howard Hanson. Ticket starts at VND200.000 VND. For delivery, contact (08) 3823-7419
“Farmers Got Power”
Until 24 April
Level 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi St, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City
Farmers Got Power is the title of solo exhibition by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Manh Hung. In this exhibition, Nguyen has created a new body of sculptures, paintings and photos depicting an absurd world under constant threat where the past, present and future collapse into one perpetual cycle. Images of soldiers, weapons, planes and fire trucks suggest a sense of urgency, calamity and danger, yet the addition of domesticated creatures (turtles, chickens and even a snail) pose little menace. An ambiguous violence is suggested within a calm, subdued atmosphere. Through keen, satirical humor with elusive narratives, the artist looks at issues of power, control and protection. The show’s title is a reference to the reality TV show ‘America’s Got Talent’ (the Got Talent franchise is broadcast in Vietnam as Vietnam’s Got Talent).
" Soul of Vietnam"
The trailblazing cultural show,Soul of Vietnam which debuted in 2011 is now back in town at the City Drama Theatre. A colourful kaleidoscope of traditional song.dance, music.street
life scenes.and legends. A vibrant feast for eyes and ears that will keep you glued to your seat for an hour. It evokes all that is beautiful about this wonderful land. What you see may differ slightly as they are constantly adding but expect to see a triumphant opening scene og Trung sisters back from battle victory on their elephants with a celebratory sword dance,a dramatisation of the classic children's tale of 'Cuoi the Buffalo Boy and the Banyan tree' Music played on traditional instruments,including a female singer using ceramic tea cups as castanets and a performance of the 1917 "The River" by a string quartet,a fast moving dance dodging over ever moving bamboo poles,traditional musical themes from North,Centre and South played around a golden boat,a street scene that includes cyclos,vendors,massage providers and just about everything bar the famous motorbikes and a finale to take your breath right away by renowned bamboo flautist Do Loc who dressed in shaman clothing evokes shrill bird song from his flute and'the music of the mountains' with percussion on a stone xylophone.
Be sure to arrive half an hour before curtain up as green tea,che(sweet soup) and cold spring rolls are served inclusive of ticket price in the foyer by'street vendors'in traditional clothing from baskets connected by bamboo pole.
Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.at 6.pm, with pre-show refreshments at 5.30. The City Drama Theatre , 30 TranHung Dao, D1, HCMC
Ticket booking number (08) 222 99 414 or directly from the box office.