Sunday, 31 January, 2011
This is the first time a big
exhibition of Vietnamese Fine Arts called “ Phong cảnh và tinh thần Viet Nam ”
( Landscape and Mind of Viet Nam ), consisting of 41 works by 39 artists who
are representatives for three periods of Vietnamese Fine Arts has been
displayed in Korea from December 12th, 2010 to February 2nd, 2011 at Gwangju
Museum of Fine Arts.
Returning from Korea, artist Nguyen
Thanh Chuong, a member of the executive board of Vietnamese Fine Arts Association
which has cooperated with Korea to organize this exhibition, said : “ At first,
the Korean partners asked me to choose pictures, but I didn’t want to
individually carry out this project so I asked Vietnamese Fine Arts Association
because the association has got enough art collections and experts in order to
cooperate with the Korean partners. In this exhibition, there will be 9
pictures borrowed from Vietnamese Fine Arts Museum, 29 pictures chosen from 500
pictures and the rest was chosen by the Korean partner.
*Why is the exhibition going to be a big event in the
Fine Arts field in Korea?
Because only solo exhibitions have
been organized by independent artists and galleries so far in Korea.This is the
first time, Vietnamese Fine Arts foundation was systematically introduced with
a big scale at the Korean national museum. According to curator Kim Hee Rang: “
This exhibition’s purpose is “closing the past and looking forward the future”.
The war obsession has been still existed, only arts could link everybody
together. Korea is the first ranked investor in Viet Nam with over two thousand
companies and about 35 Korean-Vietnamese families and fifty thousand Vietnamese
employees in Korea”, while there are a few Viet Nam’s films, music and exhibitions
in the country – an Asian dragon. It is hoped that this event give more chance
for Viet Nam to “export” arts to oversea.
*In the list of 39 artists, there
are not the names of four Vietnamese leading artists. Could you introduce about
Choosing pictures for this
exhibition is in topics. For the topic of landscape
and tradition, 14 pictures painted by the typical artists of the
Indochinese College of Fine Arts such as Ta Thuc Binh, Nguyen Van Ty, Ngo Manh
Quynh, Ngo Minh Cau, Thai Ha, Nguyen Trinh Thai, Tran Khanh Chuong. About war and pain, pictures of the artists in
the period of the resistant war against American, for example Le Thanh Duc, Ai
Thi, Pham Mui, Doan Hong have been chosen. For the topic of the modern generation there were eleven
artists’ artworks, for example Dinh Quan, Do Hoang Tuong, Le Thanh Thu, Do Thuy
Hang (who is artist Dang Xuan Hoa’s wife),... Artworks by the leading artists
consisting of Tran Van Can, To Ngoc Van, Nguyen Sang,... could not be displayed
there because it is very difficult to borrow them as well as the organizers
could not affort their insurance fees let alone protecting these pictures while
exhibiting for nearly 2 months.
For me, the Korean partner would
like me to choose my two artworks. So I have chosen two lacquer paintings
called Dan ong va dan ba ( Man and
woman ), and Hanh phuc ( Happiness )
belonging to the third topic. Based on
the purpose of this “export” is about spirit only, not for sale and all
pictures could not be sold even though they were charged at any high price.
( Collected and tr anslated by Lan Phuong )