Exhibition opens at National Museum to mark National Day

August 29, 2023 - 09:12
The exhibition entitled Đất Nước Tôi (Our Country) features remarkable landscape paintings selected from the Collection of Modern Art of the museum.
Artist Đỗ Đức looks at his two paintings at the exhibition. — VNS Photos Nguyễn Bình

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam National Museum of Fine Arts is displaying some 80 artworks at an exhibition in celebration of the 78th National Day anniversary.

The exhibition entitled Đất Nước Tôi (Our Country) features remarkable landscape paintings selected from the Collection of Modern Art of the museum.

The paintings were created during the period 1945-2007 and by popular artists of different generations. It includes artists who graduated from the Indochina Fine Art School such as Lương Xuân Nhị, Nguyễn Văn Tỵ, Trần Đình Thọ, Huỳnh Văn Thuận, Phan Kế An, and those who were trained in the Resistance Art courses like Lưu Công Nhân and Đào Đức, as well as the following generations of artists such as Trần Thanh Ngọc, Nguyễn Thanh Châu, Đỗ Đức and Đỗ Thị Ninh.

Silk painting Landscape in Mai Châu by Lê Kim Mỹ

"The country is the inspiration for many art forms such as literature, music, cinema, and theatre," said Nguyễn Anh Minh, director of the museum, at the opening ceremony.

"For fine art, the country is a sacred calling, an endless source of emotions that each artist wants to express his patriotism with all his affection and talent."

Silk painting Ao Bèo Dâu (A Duckweed Pond) by Trần Đình Thọ

Through the true lens of the artists with rich and vivid visual language, the beautiful typical sceneries of all regions of the country have been successfully expressed.

Coming to the exhibition, visitors can see popular destinations like Hạ Long Bay, Đà Lạt in the Central Highlands, Đồng Văn in the northern province of Hà Giang and Hương River or familiar sceneries such as an old street, a duckweed pond, a coconut grove, and a village road.

Oil-on-canvas Làng Hà Nội Trên Vùng Kinh Tế Lâm Đồng (Hà Nội Village in Central Highlands' Lâm Đồng) by Phạm Đức Phong

From the mountainous areas with famous historical sites, including Bản Giốc, Pắc Bó, Côn Sơn, and the midlands with the Hùng Kings Temple to coastal areas like Nha Trang and Phú Quốc in the South, all are poetically portrayed in these works showing the love for the homeland of the artists.

Each work is presented in a different style and penmanship, but all are imbued with the love of the artist's homeland.

Artist Đỗ Đức is among few living artists to have paintings displayed at the exhibition. He is moved to see his painting after nearly 40 years. He made the painting entitled Mountainous Landscape in 1985 with Chinese ink on xuyến chỉ (shuen) paper. The museum bought it in 1986 at a national fine arts exhibition.

"Most of the paintings at the exhibition were made in a different time," said Đức. "I remember my colleagues who passed away. Today is special for people to see the paintings that were made in wartime by patriotic artists."

This is the first time that the museum has displayed original paintings in combination with digital projection with motion graphic technology.

The museum hopes that the public have an experience of seeing the artworks with technology. It will be a new way to display the artworks of the museum, which will not be limited by time and space, according to Minh.

The exhibition runs until September 10 at 66 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. — VNS