Hanoi to host contemporary exhibition

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A group exhibition "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8" showing recent works by eight Vietnamese contemporary artists will open in Hanoi's Bui Gallery on December 3.

According to a press release by the Bui Gallery, the prominent artists -- Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Truong Tan, Nguyen Thai Tuan, Le Huy Hoang, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy, Pham Ngoc Duong and Nguyen Manh Hung -- feature different characteristics.

"Maybe this exhibition is the start of the "˜8 collective,' and surely this is a good omen for Vietnamese contemporary art, which deserves great attention at the moment," said Betty Bui, managing director of the Bui Gallery, in the release.

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8" started as an initiative from artists Pham Ngoc Duong and Truong Tan to hold an exhibition of very particular and attention-seeking art in the form of a one-off collaboration between eight artist friends.

The exhibition has no curator, no specific title and no hierarchy. The title "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8" is nothing more than a consecutive series of numbers, thus clearly referring to a group that consists of individuals that are distinct from but connected with one another, according to the release.

"In this exhibition, the artists' collective decides to explore nothing in particular. Rather, viewers will have chance to experience a broad variety of artistic expression, from the lonely inner world of Ly Tran Quynh Giang, the gentle depiction of love in the paintings of Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy and Pham Ngoc Duong, to the strong sense of humor in the surrealistic world of Nguyen Manh Hung, the tragic feeling in Le Huy Hoang's paintings, the emptiness in the Black Paintings series by Nguyen Thai Tuan, and last but not least, childhood nostalgia and beautiful motherhood in Truong Tan's artwork marking the return of this enfant terrible of the '90s to the art scene of Hanoi," Bui said.

"However, every single artwork and its story has a viewer with yet another story. Story one and story two or artwork one and artwork two become a new one: the third story."

At this exhibition, which will conclude on January 15, the viewer will complete a work of art, as said by French artist Marcel Duchamp, considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8" will include an artist talk on December 4 at 3 p.m.

The Bui Gallery is located on 23 Ngo Van So Street, Hanoi.

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