"Farmers and the Helicopters' opens in New York

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"The Farmers and the Helicopters," an exhibition by Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q.Le will open at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on June 30.

The work, created in 2006, is an installation comprised of a three-channel video and a helicopter hand-built from scrap parts by farmer Le Van Danh and self-taught mechanic Tran Quoc Hai, who were motivated to make an aircraft by themselves after experiencing what is sometimes known as the first helicopter war (the Vietnam War).

Based on their stories, the artist came up with "The Farmers and the Helicopters" in collaboration with Tran Quoc Hai, Ha Thuc Phu Nam and Nguyen Tuan Andrew.

The exhibition, perhaps Le's most important work so far, was acquired in 2009 by MoMA, a leading museum of modern and contemporary art in the world.

"Farmers and the Helicopters" will be on display at MoMA until January 24, 2011.

Dinh Q.Le, who founded San Art, a non-profit exhibition space in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007, is one of the best known Vietnamese names in contemporary art.

Before MoMA, the artist presented the installation at the Singapore Biennale 2008.

San Art will participate in the "No 2 Soul for Sale" art event held next month for independent organizations in London at the Tate Modern, Britian's national museum of international modern art.

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