Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Oil paintings featuring unique ancient Vietnamese
architecture from across the country are exhibited at the Van Mieu–Quoc Tu Giam (temple of literature complex).
The exhibition, titled Ky An Viet Nam (Mysterious Vietnam), was organized by the National Institute of Cultural and Artistic Studies of Vietnam in collaboration with the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam Culture and Science Center. It is also the first art exhibition ever held in the special national relic.
It presents to the public the first 20 works of the painter Nguyen Thanh Vu, 27, based in HCMC.
Oil paintings in different sizes depict many famous heritages and landscapes from north to south of the country, such as Lung Cu Flagpole, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Bao Thien Tower and Our Lady of Ho Chi Minh City.
Besides the familiar architectural works that still exist today, visitors can also see some of Vu’s less familiar paintings or those that have entered historical records like the Luu Cu temple in the southern province of Tra Vinh, which existed during the Oc Eo culture (1st-7th century).
According to the painter, the Vietnamese people have created many unique architectural works with a national history, each of which is imbued with time imprints and historical mysteries.
“However, such wonderful stories have not been known or fully understood by many. The existence of Ca Lau Citadel or the secrets of Luu Cu Relic may not be known and that is why Mysterious Vietnam was born,” he said.
Sharing with Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, Vu said he had nurtured the idea of creating a collection of artworks that showcase architectural, heritage and geographical features typical of Vietnam for a long time.
He embarked on the realization of his idea in June 2021 when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and completed the finishing touches on the final painting of this
exposure at the end of this month of March.
Pursuing Post-Impressionism, Vu wishes to convey strong vitality, enthusiasm as well as youth and peace through his works.
According to Le Xuan Kieu, director of the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam Culture and Science Center, Mysterious Vietnam is expected to spread interest in the heritage of ancestors among young people.
“I salute the creativity of young people based on the heritage that the ancestors worked hard to nurture and pass on. It is hoped that this exhibition will inspire young people with positive energy and creativity so that there are more compositions with diverse perspectives on the nation’s heritage that will be created in the future,” he noted. .
Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong, Director of Vietnam’s National Institute of Cultural and Artistic Studies, felt that the 20 exhibited works illustrating Vietnam’s cultural resources and heritage with the artist’s enthusiasm and creativity also demonstrate Vietnamese cultural identity and a living Vietnam.
Vu also expressed his hope to continue to take other trips to learn more about legacies and expand Mysterious Vietnam.
The exhibition will end on May 30./.