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Artists share life stories in exhibit

Update: December, 08/2011 - 09:41

HUEÁ — Installation works by twin artists Leâ Ngoïc Thanh and Leâ Ñöùc Haûi will be on display in Hueá City on Sunday.

The exhibition, Nhöõng Con Soáá (The Figures) features the installations Cheùn vaø Ñuõa (Cups and Chopsticks) and Giöôøng Noäi Truù (Bed at Boarding-School), along with a tri-colour movie called Chaïm Tôùi Bieån (Into the Sea), a combination between video art and film.

Cheùn vaø Ñuõa is made up of 1,945 cups and chopsticks which are lacquered in red and trimmed with gold, commemorating the 2 million Vietnamese people who starved to death by the end of World War Two in 1944-45. Chaïm Tôùi Bieån depicts the journey of the two artists to the sea, like two peas in pod, looking for the meaning of life and new wonders in the ocean’s immensity.

The exhibition will run until January 11, 2012 at the New Space Arts Foundation, 15 Leâ Lôïi Street, Hueá City.

Singing contest breeds patriotism

HAØ NOÄI — People from across the country have been invited to take part in a singing contest to celebrate the national anthem, Tieán Quaân Ca (The Song of Advancing Soldiers). Participants can send video clips of themselves singing the song to the organising committee no later than March 2012.

“The contest aims to create a singing movement and encourage patriotism, national solidarity and pride in being Vietnamese,” said Leâ Quang Vuõ, one of the creators of the contest. “It also aims to encourage participants to come up with inventive ideas about how to perform the country’s sacred song.”

Information about the contest can be found at

Tieán Quaân Ca was written in 1944 by Vaên Cao (1923-95), and was adopted as the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of Vieät Nam in 1945. It became the national anthem of the unified Socialist Republic of Vieät Nam in 1976, after the end of the anti-American war.

New finds uncovered at Thaêng Long

HAØ NOÄI — An area of royal architecture has been unearthed at the relic of Thaêng Long Citadel following a two month dig, Vietnamese archaeologists said on Tuesday.

The excavation was centred in the basement of Kính Thieân Palace which was built in 1428 to host official ceremonies of the second Leâ dynasty.

Scientists from The Centre for Preservation of Coå Loa Relics and Vieät Nam Institute of Archaeology excavated four holes covering an area of 100sq.m, revealing beams, walls and bricks believed to have belonged to the first and second Leâ dynasties and the Nguyeãn dynasty.

Ceramic and porcelain artefacts were also found.

Analysis of the results showed that Kính Thieân Palace underwent restoration under the Nguyeãn dynasty in the 19th century.

Ñoàng Thaùp artist shows in HCM City

HCM CITY — Ñoàng Thaùp-based painter Traàn Coâng Hieán is celebrating his 50th birthday with his first-ever solo exhibition in HCM City.

Cöûa (Door) features 50 oil-on-canvas works he created in the last ten years.

In his signature style, light colours and curved brushstrokes depict landscapes, people, and life in the Cöûu Long (Mekong) Delta in works like Nhaø Saøn (Stilt House), Ñoàng Queâ (Countryside), and Phoá Xöa (Old Street).

His works like Chaân Dung El Nino (Portrait of El Nino) and Caùi Coøn Laïi Cuûa Röøng (Remaining of the Forest) are a critique of environmental pollution

Hieán, a graduate of the HCM City College of Fine Arts, is a lecturer in arts at Ñoàng Thaùp University and chairman of the Ñoàng Thaùp Fine Arts Association.

In 2003, his Portrait of El Nino won the third prize from the Vieät Nam Fine Arts Association.

He has taken part in many group exhibitions in the past.

The exhibition, at the HCM City Fine Arts Association, 218A Pasteur Street, will remain open until Saturday. — VNS

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