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Due to the harsh weather and endless wars, a big part of Vietnamese art heritage has been destroyed. What remains are large architectural and sculptural works made of durable materials such as stone and wood. [ more... ]
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For those with an interest in art and history, behind the iron gates of a beautiful cream-painted villa with boughs of overhanging red bougainvillea and in a quiet alleyway, there lies hidden treasure. [ more... ]
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What follows are snippets from more than a decade of notes made by Vietnamese lacquer painter Nguyen Gia Tri, from his book Words on Creation, Văn Nghệ Publishers, Ho Chi Minh City, 2009 [ more... ]
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Despite having been around for a long time now, abstract art is something not often seen in Vietnam. I am told there is little understanding or appreciation of it among the Vietnamese. Indeed when the artist featured here was at the Ho Chi Minh Art University the subject was not even in the curriculum. [ more... ]
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Twice a month at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House a theatrical troupe from Mekong Artists serves up an extravaganza of a whole colourful kaleidoscope of traditional song, dance, music, street life and legends from Vietnamese culture. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage continues its series on jade items in the National Museum of Vietnamese History, based in the publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. We have reached the Nguyen Dynasty, in which jade sculpture flourished. This month the topic is boxes. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage has been publishing a series based on the National Museum of Vietnamese History’s current exhibition of jade objects and the museum’s publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. This month the topic is jade brush accessories used by the Nguyen dynasty. [ more... ]
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In Vietnam’s history, the first millennium AD was marked by two important events. In 40AD, the Two Trung Sisters led the first general offensive of the Vietnamese against Chinese rule. This offensive failed, [and in the process] the once flourishing Dong Son culture of the Vietnamese was at an end. [ more... ]
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During the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225) and Tran Dynasty (1225-1400), Vietnam’s independence was safeguarded and strengthened, and the Vietnamese culture revived and developed. This period also saw the height of Buddhism in Vietnam. Several royal palaces and large Buddhist stupas were built. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage has been publishing a series based on the National Museum of Vietnamese History’s on-going exhibition of jade objects and the museum’s publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. This month the topic is jade slabs used by the Emperor and mandarins of the Nguyen dynasty to grate Chinese ink and ochre blocks. [ more... ]
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