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Ho Chi Minh City watercolors displayed in Hanoi

Tuesday, May 09, 2023, 15:09 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City watercolors displayed in Hanoi
Watercolors by artist Ngo Thanh Hai are on display at an exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

More than 100 watercolor paintings portraying southern people and landscapes by 20 artists from Ho Chi Minh City are on display for the first time at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature-Imperial Academy) in Hanoi.

The exhibition is being held by the Vietnam Fine Arts Association as an effort to connect southern painters with their Hanoi counterparts.

A visitor poses for photos at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A visitor poses for photos at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam is selected as the venue for the event due to its emergence as a creative space of Hanoi, besides its usual function as a relic destination.

‘Morning in Tam Nong, Dong Thap’ by artist Ca Le Dung is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Morning in Tam Nong, Dong Thap’ by artist Ca Le Dung is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

The exhibition, which will welcome visitors until May 24, aims to present the stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and modern lifestyle of southern Vietnam to art enthusiasts in the capital city. 

‘Saigon by night’ by artist Doan Quoc is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Saigon by night’ by artist Doan Quoc is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Moreover, the organizers want to reintroduce the use of watercolor as a medium for painting, which seems to have been neglected in recent times.

‘Thanh Da Canal’ by artist Do Hieu is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Thanh Da Canal’ by artist Do Hieu is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

The exhibition showcases a diverse range of painting techniques and perspectives from 20 artists hailing from Ho Chi Minh City, allowing the public in Hanoi to gain new and more vibrant insights into the southern region of the country.

‘Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho’ by artist Ca Le Dung is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho’ by artist Ca Le Dung is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

The artists’ watercolors depict various aspects of daily life, cultural traditions, heritage, and natural beauty.

‘The Saigon Central Post Office’ by artist Vo Anh Thu is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘The Saigon Central Post Office’ by artist Vo Anh Thu is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

These paintings also serve as a testament to the artists’ affection and admiration for their homeland.

‘Da Lat’s landscape’ by artist Nam Anh is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Da Lat’s landscape’ by artist Nam Anh is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Peace in the Mekong Delta river’ by artist Hong Quan is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

‘Peace in the Mekong Delta river’ by artist Hong Quan is on display at a watercolor exhibition in Hanoi in May 2023. Photo: T. Dieu / Tuoi Tre

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