Jan 17 2011
Three exhibitions — and a German film screening — caught my eye this week and might be of interest to art lovers visiting Hanoi.
The first is simply entitled “Love” and is being held until February 12. It features works by Nguyen Quang Huy, primarily portraits but also landscapes, a video and neon sculptures. All explore the Hmong people of Ha Giang province in the northwest of Vietnam, a region Nguyen Quang Huy has travelled extensively. “The Hmong are not afraid of the unexpected. They are not afraid to accept life as it comes. They don’t need the outside world to tell them how to live. Not waiting for luck, their life is positive and calm. They live by understanding, by listening to their elders.”
If that sounds like your thing, pop along to the Art Vietnam Gallery, 7 Nguyễn Khắc Nhu. It’s open from 10:00-18:00, daily except Sundays.
If sculpture’s more up your street then you might appreciate the ‘Fragments’ exhibition by Canadian born artist, Blake, at Bui Gallery. It opens on January 22 and goes on until March 12, so plenty of time to get there. Apparently it’s “an exploration of mankind’s ancient ideas of beauty, the human sculpture and how this beauty holds up in modern times, broken by the destructive nature of our history, but nevertheless intact.”
Gillian Lee Sturtevant, who works in sales and communications at the gallery, told me that: “As part of our mission of bringing internationally renowned artists to our Hanoi gallery, we decided to present “Fragments” by Canadian sculptor Blake. An exhibition of this ilk is unusual for Hanoi and we wanted to round out a year of strong shows with something both unexpected and beautiful.” I’m no expert, but the photos look great — definitely one to try to get to – and from what I hear, the gallery itself is pretty stunning. The Bui Galleryis located at 23 Ngo Van So St, to the southwest of Hoan Kiem lake.
The last exhibition is entitled “Buddha’s Dream” and is on at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, from January 15 to 20. The exhibition showcases beautiful terracotta sculptures by Nguyen Tuan. The museum’s worth a visit anyway, so this adds another reason to head over that way.
Finally, it’s worth noting that German films from the last 60 years are set to be screened from today until January 22 at the Goethe Institut. Over six days, they will show one from each decade. The films are — no surprise — in German, but have English subtitles and Vietnamese audio via headphones. The best thing? It’s free! The Goethe Institut is about 3km from the Old Quarter at 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học.
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