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Nude paintings – An arduous road to the public

Monday, 29 November, 2010

During the past time, the exhibitions of Tran Huy Hoan, Nguyen Kim Hoang, Thai Phien and Nguyen Kim Dinh in Hue had trouble, so we could find once more time that the nude subject confused the public and the art managers.


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Artist Dang Mau Tuu (president of association of literature and arts of Thua Thien – Hue said, “I am a painter. I have ever painted nudes. However, I only dare to display them in my private room. I ,myself, am afraid of the bad eyes to nude paintings, although in fact, there’s no rule against painting nudes. I think that we are integrating into the world, so we should be more objective to this subject. And let the public show their ideas objectively and fairly.” 

A lecturer of geometric art, Nguyen Thi Bao Ngoc, remarked: “ Exhibiting nude images and paintings is having troubles caused by art managers and the fragile border between art and non-art factors. So art managers should be good at professional arts. I think that it is very difficult to do this because we are influenced by the oriental culture, both art makers and managers are like circus artists.”

An artist joked, “The source of forbidding nude exhibitions is the department of geometric art – “the soul” of University of Fine Arts. Because anatomy techniques play a very important role in training. Although art students often have to spend most of the time practising  drawing nude models, nude paintings haven’t got enough “space to exist”. And learning this subject makes artists draw nude paintings and they are thought to be “sensitive”. So painters have ever wondered if we should keep continuing to practise drawing nude models at university or not. 

The reasons for this problem are : “Nude paintings’ art quality has been good”, or, “They are not suitable for Vietnamese custom.” However, what criteria and professional rules have been used to assess nude paintings? If criteria and concepts about costum are made clearly and explained in details, it will be very easy to solve this problem.

In fact, Vietnamese fine arts is developing and intergrating into the world’s fine arts, so there will be an exchange of new trends and new styles. This exchange will have an opposite effect on the reserved opinions to nude paintings. Therefore, this subject could exist and develop equally in artists’ creation and fine arts as well.

(Collected and translated by Lan Phuong)