Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A workshop featuring Hàng Trống folk paintings, a genre of traditional Vietnamese woodblocks by artisans in Hà Nội, will open next week in HCM City.
The event, Tranh Hàng Trống (Hàng Trống Folk Paintings), will feature talks by artisan Lê Đình Nghiên, who is recognised as the last artist to paint by woodblocks in Hàng Trống, an ancient street by Sword Lake in downtown Hà Nội.
It will also include art collector Lê Hải Đức and cultural researcher Trịnh Thu Trang.
Hàng Trống paintings have a long history of more than 500 years.
The art has been linked to the rituals of ancestor worship.
At first, the paintings flourished with the development of Buddhism. Since then, people have realised that the paintings symbolise happiness and prosperity, and hang them during Tết (Lunar New Year).
The paintings generally have two main themes: worship and Lunar New Year.
Key subjects are always kings, lords, Buddha, saints and children, while three gods symbolising longevity, prosperity and happiness are also featured.
The use of colours is a key difference between Hàng Trống paintings and other forms of folk painting like Đông Hồ paintings in Bắc Ninh Province.
Hàng Trống paintings have vivid colours of yellow, blue, green, orange and lotus pink, whereas the colours in Đông Hồ paintings are more muted.
Tết paintings depict a joyful life and hang on the walls of houses.
Worship paintings pay tribute to tigers, horses and kings and are often displayed in pagodas or shrines in the north.
The colours of these paintings may have faded over time, but they are still an important part of worship rituals.
Each Hàng Trống painting is made by hand. A picture with clean lines, a balanced layout, and cheerful colours meets the standards.
The more sophisticated the technology is, the more valuable the picture.
The workshop is organised by The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in co-operation with its partners.
The event will begin at 9:30am on November 10 at The Factory Contemporary Arts Center at 15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ Street in District 2 .— VNS