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Abstract: An oil painting in artist Nguyen Than's series of 12 paintings, Nguoi Dan Ba Dung Sau Cua So (The Woman Behind the Windows), is on display in the exhibition Ma Vach Dan Ba (Bar-Code Women) at the HCM City Fine Arts Museum.
HCM CITY — The HCM City Fine Arts Museum are presenting a debut exhibition by artist Mong My and a duo exhibition by artists Nguyen Than and Kyem.

The 39-year-old Mong My is holding her first-ever solo exhibition, Bat Kha Phuc Hoi (Unrestorable), displaying 20 silk paintings that she has created over the last two years.

"I want audiences to feel relaxed when they see the white spaces of silk on my paintings," she said.

All of the works reflect her experiences, feelings and private stories.

The painter, whose real name is Chu Thi My, graduated from the HCM City Fine Arts University in 2003. After working as a copywriter for six years, she quit several jobs and began painting.

Kyem and Nguyen Than are also showcasing a collection of 20 oil paintings at the joint exhibition, Ma Vach Dan Ba (Bar-Code Women), at the museum.

Than brings a series of 12 oil paintings called Nguoi Dan Ba Dung Sau Cua So (The Woman behind the Windows) that reflect the artist's feelings about women. His paintings depict several windows on a dark background.

The 64-year-old artist said: "Behind those windows is an image of a woman."

Born in 1928 in northern province of Ninh Binh, Than won a bronze medal in the National Fine Arts and Literature Prize for painting in 1970 and a gold medal for sculpture in 1973.

He has had many solo and group exhibitions in Viet Nam and other countries including Australia and Switzerland.

Than's colleague, Kyem, is displaying eight oil-on-canvas paintings of still life, her favourite subject. All works depict images of vases on a bright background.

Born in Khanh Hoa Province's Nha Trang City, the 56-year-old artist studied and taught arts in France. Her paintings have been exhibited in Europe, Hong Kong and Viet Nam.

The Bat Kha Phuc Hoi (Unrestorable) will remain open until February 29 at 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1, while the other exhibit will close on March 3. — VNS

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