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Fine Arts Museum celebrates 30th anniversary

Museum collection: The lacquer on wood diptych Toledo City by Japanese artist Oba Shuji at an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the HCM City Fine Arts Museum. VNS Photo by Phuong Mai
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY— The HCM City Fine Arts Museum yesterday celebrated its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of two collections of paintings by Vietnamese and foreign artists.

The first collection includes 35 paintings in oil, lacquer, silk or watercolour that the museum collected or received from artists and their families from 1987 to 2017.

Japanese artist Oba Shuji donated his lacquer on wood diptych Toledo City featuring the landscape of Toledo, Spain, while Kato Shojiro gave four of his mixed media-on-cotton paintings Mind Forest.

The showcase includes woodcut works of Viet Nam’s landscapes by 76-year-old Tran Nguyen Dan of Ha Noi, who is a known for his woodcuts.

In May, Dan donated all of his paintings to the museum after his solo exhibition at the museum.

Another collection includes 38 paintings and sculptures by artists who were and are members of the museum, such as Hua Thanh Binh, Ho Quoc Le and Nguyen Duy Nhut.

At the anniversary celebration, Trinh Xuan Yen, the museum’s deputy director, said: “The exhibition is an opportunity for us to review our work in the last 30 years and introduce local and foreign visitors to the museum’s achievements.”

“In future, we will focus on digitising all of our collections, collecting more valuable art and improving conservation and restoration, as well as offering more training for the museum staff,” he added.

The HCM City Fine Arts Museum was established on May 9 in 1989, with three old buildings that cover more than 10,000 square metres in the heart of the city.

The museum keeps 22,000 artefacts of ancient and modern art from Viet Nam and other countries.

Its most precious work is the large lacquer painting Vuon Xuan Trung – Nam – Bac (Spring Garden in the Centre, South and North) by Nguyen Gia Tri, a pioneer in the art of lacquer painting in Viet Nam.

In 2013, the painting was recognised as a national heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The museum organises an average of 25-30 local and foreign artists’ exhibitions each year. Last year, it welcomed more than 300,000 Vietnamese and foreign visitors.

Huynh Thanh Nhan, director of the city’s Department of Culture and Sports, said: “The museum staff should strive to turn the museum into an attractive destination for art lovers in Viet Nam and abroad.”

The exhibition will be open for two weeks at 97 Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1. — VNS



Masterpiece: Thanh Pho Hoa Phuong (The Flamboyant City), a woodcut by veteran artist Tran Nguyen Dan, at an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of the HCM City Fine Arts Museum. VNS Photo by Phuong Mai

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