Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese Women’s Museum opened an art exhibition by female artist Văn Dương Thành yesterday to mark International Women’s Day.
The exhibition showcases 35 paintings, the oldest painted in 1977 and the latest on the Lunar New Year of Dog, selected from 1,700 artworks created by Thành.
Though they are created in different materials such as lacquer, oil on canvas and sculpture, they share the same inspiration in Mother and Nature.
Thành’s paintings are created with a combination of Vietnamese and Western techniques.
The harmonious composition of vibrant colour distribution, emotion and touches of impressionism, expressionism and semi-abstraction makes her paintings apparently unique in recognition.
Well known as one of Asia’s talented international artists, Thành grew up in Hà Nội and studied for twelve years at l’Ecole de Beaux Arts, Indochine and at the Academy of Fine Arts.
She now divides her time between Sweden, where she teaches art, and Hà Nội. Many of her exquisite artworks are on permanent display in National Museum of Art in several countries including Việt Nam, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain and Sweden.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Saadi Salama, Ambassador of Palestine to Việt Nam, said he has been a friend of Thành for 38 years.
Long career: Child and Cat, the painting was created in 1977 expressing artist’s love for her son.
“Thành is known in the world as a remarkable artist of Việt Nam. Her paintings are displayed at museums and collections worldwide. She always has a strong attachment to the origin and her root no matter where she is.”
“Her paintings recorded the history of the country’s development,” said Salama.
“Thành represents Vietnamese women who always fight and work to introduce the Vietnamese soul and intelligence to the world.”
A workshop to exchange experiences between the artist and researchers, young painters and art students will take place on March 24 in conjunction with the exhibition.
The exhibition will run until May 8 at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, 36 Lý Thường Kiệt Street, Hà Nội. At the closing ceremony, a fashion show featuring áo dài (traditional long dress) imprinted with Thành’s paintings will be organised. — VNS