Hanoi to exhibit renowned Vietnamese folk paintings

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A set of Hang Trong painting portraying Vietnamese woman in traditional dress in the past

A special exhibition of Vietnamese folk paintings will open January 13 at L'Espace in Hanoi.

The exhibition, which runs until February 28, features Dong Ho and Hang Trong paintings and a seminar with the participation of well-known speakers at L'Espace, the capital's French cultural center.

Professor Phan Huy Le (President of the Association of Vietnamese Historians), Olivier Tessier (The French School of Asian Studies representative in Vietnam) and Pascal Bourdeaux and Philippe Papin (The Practical School of Advanced Studies representative in HCMC) will discuss Vietnam's folk arts and their origins in the north.

Hanoi and its some of its neighboring villages and streets specialize in making folk paintings that have been renowned for the sophistication such as Dong Ho paintings and Hang Trong paintings.

Dong Ho and Hang Trong paintings are historically two most sought after kinds of traditional Tet paintings.

Popular Dong Ho paintings, which are originally made by artisans from Dong Ho Village in Bac Ninh province, include Chan trau (Herding buffaloes), Muc dong tha dieu (Herdsmen flying kites) and Dam cuoi chuot (Mice wedding).

Hang Trong paintings, paintings, named after the street on which they are made in Hanoi, are popularly used for worship at temples and pagodas. In private homes, the paintings, of which the most popular ones include a hen and its brood signifying maternal love or reunion and a pig with its young symbolizing a thriving farm and prosperity, are often hung in spacious living rooms or near family altars.

The seminars will be held in French with a simultaneous Vietnamese translation.

Admission is free. L'Espace is located on 24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

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