“Colors Of Vietnamese Culture” Exhibition Showcases Traditional Vietnamese Handcrafts
The exhibition displayed 40 paintings by contemporary artists, with nearly 100 photos of Vietnamese heritage and traditional handicraft products. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ma The Anh, Director of the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition explained the importance of the silk painting art form.
“Silk painting is a unique art style that can only be found in Vietnam. Along with lacquer painting, Vietnamese silk painting is also famous for representing the successful interference and acculturation between Eastern and Western artistic values.”
|Delegates cut the ribbon to open the exhibition. Photo: Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition
The Vietnamese style of silk painting emphasizes softness, and elegance and has a flexibility of style. The success of a silk painting very much depends on the quality of the silk.
Differently from other kinds of paintings, silk canvas is usually not painted. The Vietnamese traditional silk painting style tends to use silk canvas directly as the background of the painting. Vietnamese silk paintings typically showcase the countryside, landscapes, pagodas, historical events, or scenes of daily life. The colors are used delicately with the canvas to make Vietnamese silk paintings. The delicate white color found in the sky, water, or human portrait, is the color of silk. The color of silk is well known to describe human figures in the paintings of many famous Vietnamese artists. Delicate color and silk background give the paintings such a harmony with nature.
|Traditional Vietnamese dancing performance. Photo: Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition
Silk represents an important language of Vietnamese painting after lacquer. Its capacity of absorption and dilution gives the works an impression of mellowness spreading through the woofs and wefts of silk, adding a certain vibration to the forms and colors.
The collection that the Organizing Committee chose to display in the exhibition is a complete demonstration of the fresh changes in silk painting in the past 10 years. It is the diversity and richness of the paintings, and the new ways and materials to express the colors and theme without losing the lyrical beauty.
|Silk represents an important language of Vietnamese painting after lacquer. Photo: Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition
Vietnamese silk painting has a unique character and colors that are distinctly different from those from ancient China and feudal Japan. Each painting is a great description of the beautiful nature and talented skills of the Vietnamese. By using contemporary colors, Vietnamese silk painting has won the hearts of many art lovers nationally and Internationally.
|Foreign tourists attending the exhibition. Photo: Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition
Through this exhibition, the Organizing Committee hoped to contribute to further strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the countries, providing an opportunity for the French people and the Vietnamese community in France to share each other’s knowledge and experience about their cultural values.
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