Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Three lacquer paintings by Phùng Di Thuần remind viewers of the resilience and heroism of Hà Nội’s people and soldiers during the 60 days and nights of fighting against French colonialists in the winter of 1946.
The works are on display as part of an exhibition of the Hà Nội Museum to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the capital’s Liberation Day (October 10).
The exhibition is the result of two years of curation and collection from individuals and organisations.
The exhibit includes antiques from archaeological sites, parts of Long Biên Bridge, farm utensils of farmers, war memorabilia and paintings.
Other highlights include leather bags of former General Secretary Đỗ Mười, paintings by Phan Thị Ngọc Mỹ, pottery bowls dating from 19th donated by private collector Nguyễn Duy Liêm from Thanh Hóa Province, lime pots dating from the 15th century excavated at Tó Pagoda in Thường Tín District and antiques found at archaeological site on Hoàng Quốc Việt Street.
“The exhibition showcases 150 documents and objects selected from over 900 items collected in the period 2015-16 of the museum staff,” said Nguyễn Kim Loan, vice director of the museum.
“We are so grateful to the individuals and organisations who voluntarily donated their objects for the museum. We organised the exhibition to educate young people about national history and the value of the artefacts.”
Painter Thuần was born in 1936 in Hà Nội. He is one among the first painters who graduated from the Indochinese Fine Arts College (now known as the Việt Nam University of Fine Arts).
During his career, Thuần created many valuable artworks in different genres, however, he’s best-known as talented lacquer artist.
Last year, Kiều Tuấn Đạt, an officer of the Hà Nội Museum, visited his house and received three lacquer paintings on the revolutionary resistance in Hà Nội in 1946.
“The collection of three paintings reflect the heroic attitude of the people and soldiers as well as the glorious history of the country,” said Thuần.
“To find inspiration for the paintings I had to visit museums and carefully observe the then soldiers’ costumes and weapons. Now I’m so happy that the paintings are on display at the Hà Nội Museum. They will help the public imagine the past and feel proud of the liberation today.”
The exhibition is on-going at the Hà Nội Museum, from Tuesday to Sunday. — VNS