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Contemporary art exhibition showcases new works by emerging artists

Update: December, 19/2019 - 17:19
A part of the wall mural Khởi Nguồn Của Màu Sắc (The Origin of Colour) by Quỳnh Lâm.

HÀ NỘI — Eight contemporary artists from Việt Nam and foreign countries showcase their artworks at an exhibition that opens today at the Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art (VCCA).

Like previous exhibitions, Tỏa (The Foliage) in 2017, and Tỏa 2 (The Foliage 2) in 2018, this year’s event, entitled Tỏa 3 (The Foliage 3), is to introduce to art lovers the best artworks by emerging and talented artists. Those taking part in Tỏa 3 include Vietnamese artists Quỳnh Lâm, Phan Anh, Nguyễn Văn Đủ, Nguyễn Đình Phương, Nguyễn Văn Duy and Lương Trịnh. The event also features works by Tristan Jalleh from Australi, and the UK-Colombia duo Caleb Stein and Andrea Orejarena.   

At the exhibiton, visitors will have the chance to enjoy more than 50 artworks in different mediums, such as painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation.

According to the organiser, the VVCA, the artworks are the results of “a daring experiment on materials and the form of expression of the artists."     

While works by Lâm use flowers and colours of plants as metaphors for history, time and space, Phương, for the first time, has created a large installation consisting of a video and a five-metre clay statue, which presents the role of human beings in modern life.

The complicated wooden installation by Phan Anh reflects his effort to find his own self through his family’s legacy.

Audiences will be impressed by Duy’s pop-art pieces, in which the artist has minimised both the colours and painting strokes. The works by Đủ express his concern about ‘Life’ and ‘Death’. Trịnh showcases a series of sculptures using traditional materials.

‘Portrait’ by Lương Trịnh.

Independent fine art researcher Đỗ Tường Linh, who is one of the two curators of the exhibition, said: “Tỏa 3 is a vibrant and diversified encounter of the most active and talented contermporary artists from Hà Nội, Huế and HCM City. We expect the exhibition to offer people in Hà Nội a memorable experience in aesthetics.”

Commenting on the exhibition, VCCA Art Director Mizuki Endo said he hopes the event will bring young artists the opportunity to present their artworks to the public, helping to promote further aesthetic values.

"New artworks, plus the fresh concept, will draw new guests. All those factors have been co-ordinated together to create the core of Vietnamese contemporary art,” Endo said.  

The exhibition will be held until February 23. VCCA is located on Level B1 – R3 Royal City, 72 Nguyễn Trãi Road, Thanh Xuân Road, Hà Nội.

A talk with four artists Quỳnh Lâm, Phan Anh, Nguyễn Văn Duy, Nguyễn Văn Đủ, together with two curators – VCCA Art Director Mizuki Endo and independent fine art researcher Đỗ Tường Linh, will take place at the centre from 10am until 12pm on Saturday, December 21.

Two other art talks will be held on January 4 and February 5. Details on these events will be updated on the VCCA website and on fanpage — VNS

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