Lacquer painting entitled Em Xoan (Little Xoan) by painter Bùi Hữu Hùng
HÀ NỘI — Artworks by leading contemporary Vietnamese artists are on display at an exhibition at the Việt Nam National Fine Arts Museum in Hà Nội.
According to a representative of the organisation board, the exhibition, held by the culture ministry's Department of Art, Photography, and Exhibitions, aims to introduce and honour talented artists in Việt Nam and help art lovers at home and abroad understand the development of the country’s art market.
Artists and artworks selected for display must meet two criteria – the works must have good artistic quality with personal imprint while the artists must have sold many works and have a certain position in the art market.
Based on such criteria, the organisation board and curator selected 19 artists, 12 from Hà Nội including Đặng Xuân Hòa, Bùi Hữu Hùng and Lê Thanh Sơn, while the other seven are from HCM City like Nguyễn Thanh Bình, Nguyễn Trung and Hồ Hữu Thủ.
“This is an exhibition to feature artists who have an influence on the Vietnamese art market. This is also a good move, so it is necessary to have more and more depth, covering more different forms and topics to promote the development of the art market of Việt Nam," said painter Phạm An Hải.
According to art dealer Philip Nguyễn Đức Tiến, a positive point of the exhibition is that its organisers have "bravely associated 19 artists with the art market."
“Because only the market can nurture the diverse development of art, even though many of the artists at this exhibition are not necessarily the top ones,” he said.
The exhibition will run until August 15. — VNS
Lacquer painting entitled Gia Đình Nhà Chuột (A Family of Rats) by painter Thành Chương