illustrates links between cultures
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.
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
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
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
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