Vietnamese folk paintings exhibited in France
VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, in coordination with the Vietnamese Culture Centre in France, held an exhibition in Paris on July 27 to showcase Vietnamese folk paintings.
The seven-week event is part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties and the Friendship Year between the two countries. It is expected to help French friends enhance their understanding of Vietnamese people and culture.
On the display are 65 paintings from famous traditional craft villages across Vietnam, such as Dong Ho in Bac Ninh, Hang Trong and Kim Hoang in Hanoi, Lang Sinh in Hue, Vu Di in Vinh Phuc, and Doc Loi in Nghe An.
The exhibits illustrate Vietnamese people’s daily lives, such as working in rice paddies, feeding animals, conducting worships and fighting foreign invaders. They feature Vietnam’s distinctive cultural identity and values, and show people’s desire to have a peaceful, happy and prosperous life.
Le Hong Chuong, director of the Vietnamese Culture Centre in France, said Vietnamese folk paintings are valuable assets that preserve the intangible cultural values of the Southeast Asian country.
Nguyen Nguyet Anh, deputy director of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, said folk paintings are usually created by groups of artisans and carefully preserved by former generations in the 18th and 19th centuries.