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Vietnam artists pay homage to feminine beauty

A piece of contemporary art by the late Vu Dan Tan, exploring femininity./Viet Nam News

Publication Date : 09-01-2014


An exhibition showcasing the works of Vietnamese artists exploring the beauty of women


The beauty of women will be explored at a joint art exhibition held at the Fine Arts Museum in HCM City from January 11 to 24.

Titled Ve Nu O Viet Nam (Venus in Viet Nam): Vu Dan Tan and Nguyen Nghia Cuong, the exhibition features the work of renowned local artists, the late Vu Dan Tan (1946-2009) and Nguyen Nghia Cuong (born in 1973).

The exhibition highlights feminine beauty from the angles of gender and sexuality, also bringing back appreciation for art that was showcased in previous exhibitions.

In September 2012, an exhibition titled Venus in Viet Nam was organised in Ha Noi, where for the first time, many of Tan's works were introduced to the public.

At the time, delicate suitcases made of cardboard and miniature female figurines placed inside cigarette boxes were the highlight of the show.

During the 1980s, Tan was among the first local artists to exhibit new styles of art in Vietnam, showcasing multimedia works and various other art forms, using materials available for everyday use.

He is considered a pioneer of various art forms of the pre-doi moi (renovation) period (before 1986).

Some of his sculptures were displayed at the Sculpture Triennial in Fellbach, Germany, in 2001 and at other exhibitions in Japan, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

Nguyen Nghia Cuong, who graduated from the Viet Nam Fine Arts College, is known for his ironic view of contemporary realism.

In his latest work, titled Beauty High Quality, he explores the common features of popular culture and advertising.

The upcoming exhibition in HCM City will focus on the beauty of women in the social, cultural and political context of Vietnamese society at the end of the 20th and in the early 21st century.

The organiser, the Goethe Institute in HCM City, will host a talk show with artist Cuong and two curators: Natalia Kraevskaia and Iola Lenzi.

Lenzi will discuss Tan's women and the symbols of beauty in his art, while Kraevskaia will talk to Cuong about his works and ideology. The talk show, which is to be conducted in Vietnamese and in English, will air at 3:30pm on January 12 at the museum on 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1.


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