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Modern painters delve into issues of identity

Update: November, 18/2013 - 10:00
Seeing is believing: A painting at the Doubt and Believe exhibit at the Menifique Art Museum. — VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— An exhibition on contemporary art in the capital has attracted considerable interest from collectors as well as residents and visitors for contrasting yet complementary "art rationales" displayed by two young Vietnamese artists.

Held at the Menifique Art Museum (MAM), the exhibition is titled, Doubt and Believe, to denote that both doubt and belief are essential for an artist to find his or her own true identity.

The two artists featured in the exhibition, Nguyen Son and Richard Streitmatter-Tran, are both in their early forties.

Son says that painting "comes as naturally as breathing" to him.

"The more I paint, the more clearly I see that my path is closely connected to nature. I know one day I will fade away into nothingness, but my works will still become beautiful memories left somewhere on this living earth."

Son, who has been living and working in HCM City since 1989, is a graduate of the HCM City Fine Arts College. He has held several solo exhibitions and won international awards for his work.

Richard Streitmatter-Tran is a native of Bien Hoa who also lives and works in HCM City. He received his degree in Interrelated Media from the Massacheutus College of Art in Boston.

He has also held several solo exhibitions in Viet Nam and abroad, including Japan and South Korea.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Viet Nam and the CUC Gallery.

The exhibition is open until December 3 at the Menifique Art Museum, 5F, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi. — VNS

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