|Holding history: Việt Nam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hà Nội organised a ceremony yesterday to hand over to the museum the late President Hồ Chí Minh’s portrait by Algerian-French artist Mustapha Boutadjine. VNS Photo Bạch Liên|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — In a ceremony this afternoon, the Hồ Chí Minh Museum received a portrait of President Hồ Chí Minh by Algerian-French artist Mustapha Boutadjine.
Việt Nam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hà Nội organised the celebration marking the arrival of the 1m x 0.8m painting made from small pieces of paper cut from colour magazines.
The painting depicts Hồ Chí Minh as he is classically remembered: in his khaki shirt, showing his high forehead, bright eyes and thoughtful face.
“I was very honoured to bring this portrait from France to Việt Nam. I hope that it will find its worthy place at the museum so that Vietnamese and foreign visitors can see the late President and feel the admiration and respect his foreign friends continue to feel for him”, said Nguyễn Quỳnh Anh, the Trade counsellor of the Việt Nam Embassy in France.
In mid october, Boutadjine unveiled the portrait to the Việt Nam Embassy in France.
Speaking at the ceremony in Paris, he expressed his respect and admiration for the late president.
The artist said he also felt close to the Vietnamese people, as Algeria and Việt Nam shared a common cause fighting against French colonialism in the 1950s.
For Boutadjine, President Hồ Chí Minh is a leader not only of Vietnamese people but also of the liberation revolutions in many countries, including his own.
The painting is part of a collection depicting leaders of world revolutions.
In March this year, some mementos from Hồ Chí Minh held by late French physics professor Pierre Biquard (also a French peace activist) and his family were given to the Hồ Chí Minh Museum.— VNS
|The portrait of late President Hồ Chí Minh, made from small pieces of paper cut from colour magazines. VNS Photo Bạch Liên|