Vietnam, Korea art shines on traditional “poonah” paper
(VNF) - An exhibition hosted by the Hanoi-based Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) featuring art works using Vietnamese traditional “do” (poonah) paper was opened on May 22nd.
Art lovers have chance to enjoy seventy-one contemporary art works created by Vietnamese calligrapher Xuan Nhu and painter Yoyo from the Republic of Korea (RoK), many of them going public for the first time.
“The event follows the success of a similar event showcasing the RoK’s handicrafts made of its traditional “hanji” paper in April. The centre wants to host more activities to increase the mutual understanding and cultural-art exchanges between the two countries”, said Mr Park Nark Jong, KCC Director.
The exhibition is expected to help visitors understand better about the development of this traditional material which serves as the base for a magical mixture of tradition and modern in the art works.
Coming from the bark of the poonah trees in Northern provinces such as Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Thai Nguyen and Cao Bang, “poonah” paper has been used to paint or write, as seen in the renowned Dong Ho paintings, calligraphy and water colour paintings or for documenting about past dynasties and family annals.
It takes several complicated and precise processes to make this paper, and these include selecting the material, soaking in water, pounding and flattening poonah pulp into paper and drying it inside the house.
At the opening ceremony, calligrapher Xuan Nhu and painter Yoyo explained the meaning of their works to visitors at the opening ceremony. Besides, an interesting performance by charming guitarist Nguyen Danh Tu also won heart of people.
The exhibition will run until June 12th at No 49 Nguyen Du street, Hai Ba Trung district./.
( VNF )