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Buddha statues that are said to be made by herdsmen, usually children, are images that often convey a deep sense of subjective individuality - a philosophical term which we shall explain shortly. [ more... ]
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When I first saw the photographs of artist Tran Minh Tam’s exhibition ‘Form’ at Cactus Gallery, I thought I was letting myself in for a ‘sheep in a formaldehyde tank experience’. [ more... ]
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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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The special thing about Huong Canh is its blue clay, the raw material used to make its famous products. This clay is found in the swampy areas, 3-10m ...
A short while ago, I was asked if the Vietnamese fondness for eating snails were a consequence of the former French presence here.
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