Greek Ambassador presents his paintings to Vietnamese museum
(VNF) - On September 7th, Greek Ambassador to Vietnam Nikos D. Kanellos handed over 13 paintings to the Fine-Arts Museum of Vietnam and 4 paintings to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
His paintings inspired by the culture, identity and people of Vietnam during Kanellos’ times in Vietnam.
Greek Ambassador to Vietnam Nikos D. Kanellos (grey suit) at the hand-over ceremony in the Fine-Arts Museum of Vietnam. (Source: FB/Cục Hợp tác quốc tế Bộ VHTTDL)
Speaking at the ceremony, Nguyen Phuong Hoa, Deputy Director General of ICD expressed her appreciation to the good intent of the Greek Ambassador. In addition to the artistic value, she said those paintings were painted with lots of love from the Greek Ambassador to Vietnam. The handover ceremony was a symbolic manifestation of the friendship between Vietnam and Greece, in which visual arts and culture has been bridging people closer together.
Nguyen Anh Minh, Director General of the Fine-Arts Museum shared his expectation for further cooperation in order to introduce more Greek paintings to Vietnamese public in the future.
The Ambassador said that he painted the artworks from his inspiration from Vietnamese culture and landscape, adding that he is honoured that the Museum received his paintings for many Vietnamese generations to see.
Born in Greece in 1954, Nicolas D. Kanellos is not only a diplomat, but also an artist, a musician and a writer. His paintings belong to many private collections including eminent names around the world. Two of his paintings are exhibited in the International Airport E.Venizelos in Athens.
Along with his diplomatic responsibilities, to represent a country that loves arts, Kanellos has participated actively in activities of the Vietnamese artists’ community. The artworks of him, which were introduced in Vietnam, are bridges to strengthen the friendship and understanding between the two peoples.
Last year, in the annual food festival held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, he also offered the three first paintings that he painted in Vietnam for charity to help Vietnamese people and children in the flooded area./.