Art exhibition in Washington celebrates Hanoi's 1,000th birthday

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Three artworks by Vietnamese artists to be exhibited in Washington D.C.

Hanoi celebrated her 1,000th birthday last year, and this September, the Arts Club of Washington will host an exhibition of Vietnamese contemporary fine art in Washington, D.C., to commemorate its millennial year.

Entitled Hanoi 1,000, the event will feature artwork by six exhibiting Vietnamese painters, who all live and work in Hanoi.

The artists range in age from 29 to 77 years old, and their works are in a variety of mediums, including watercolor on handmade paper, oil on canvas, lacquer on wood and woodblock prints.

The exhibit includes works of art by Dang Thao Ngoc, Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Phung Pham, Trinh Tuan, Vu Dinh Tuan and Vu Thu Hien. The artists share a commitment to expressing human emotions through the cultural prism of their art.

 As a highlight of the exhibition, the master lacquer artist and teacher Trinh Tuan will be giving a week-long workshop on lacquer painting. Pre-registration is required.

According to a press release from the Arts Club of Washington, Vietnamese art is defined by its lush colors and directness, as well as by a poetic, dreamlike meditativeness.

The art includes stylistic elements of Impressionism, Expressionism, figurative art, Cubism and Fauvism, which intermingle with traditional Vietnamese motifs and values: the village, the buffalo, and ancestral spirits.

The juxtaposition of handmade rice paper and traditional lacquer painting with contemporary artistic techniques such as oil and acrylic creates an exciting fusion of temporal and cultural worlds.

The exhibition will take place at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street, NW, Washington D.C. from September 9 to 24.

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