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Exhibition illustrates links between cultures

Update: April, 21/2009 - 00:00

Exhibition illustrates links between cultures

(22-04-2009)

Criss crossing continents: Still Life with Lattice, oil on canvas, is the biggest painting, 190cm by 350cm, displayed at Spanish artist Alberto Corazon’s exhibition in Ha Noi.

HA NOI — The similarities between Spanish and Vietnamese art are featured in a show at the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum in Ha Noi.

The exhibition, Conceptual Art, Painting and Sculpture 1968-2008, has about 30 paintings and art works recently donated to the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (in Spanish, IVAM) from a collection by Spanish artist Alberto Corazon.

The exhibition was organised by IVAM, the Spanish Embassy to Ha Noi and the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum.

Alberto said arranging the exhibition was new to him. "It’s really a good selection as it marks different stages of my career."

The 2007 work, Still Life with Lattice, is the biggest painting at 190cm by 350cm. In the oil on canvas, the artist catches the beauty of nature through the lattice.

The lattice becomes benches in the park where people can view leaves and sky. "It greets viewers with bright colours such as green, red and yellow," said well-known Vietnamese painter Van Duong Thanh.

Thanh also likes a painting depicting a hand with straw colouring. "The hand is important for the painter. It looks so beautiful," she said.

Other paintings attracting attention include an oil on board, Landscape with Figures, an oil on paper on canvas, Listen to the Tide, and an installation of oak, cor-ten steel and lead, Place for Paying Taxes.

Born in 1942 in Madrid, Corazon combined artistic production with his professional activities as a graphic designer and later an industrial designer. Because of his work, he is considered a pioneer and master by many graphic artists.

He is also recognised as being among the most innovative and influential figures in his homeland’s art circles.

After studying drawing and painting from 1960-65, he founded a publishing company with a group of friends and started his professional career as a designer. He had his first exhibition of paintings in Turin and Milan about the same time.

He won the National Design Prize in 1989 and is the only European to receive a Gold Medal at the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His contribution to Spanish culture, which struggled under suppression during the Franco era, is represented in his art.

"Viet Nam is important to our generation because its intellectuals, writers and artists have the anti-war spirit. Since French colonisation, Viet Nam has been well-known for its fine culture," Corazon said.

"This is my second visit and I want to delve deep into Vietnamese culture. It’s an honour to display my work besides Vietnamese art."

He also hoped for co-operation between the countries’ artists. A discussion between Corazon and his Vietnamese colleagues was held a day after the opening ceremony.

The exhibition runs until May 15 at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ha Noi. — VNS

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