Southern metro to display French expat painter's new collection

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The newest collection of paintings by French artist Hélène Kling will be on display at the Exhibition House in Ho Chi Minh City from November 14 to 18.

Named "Rêve de Fer", which translated literally means "Dreams of Iron", the collection is all about women and materials are all recycled iron from corrugate iron or oil drums.

Coming up with the idea of using iron to paint on two years ago, Helene said the new material matches perfectly with the concept she has of woman's energy: robustness and indestructibility.

For the more tender, gentle side of women, Hélène makes the rough and industrial industrial recycled materials softened by adding gold and silver leaf or semi-precious stones.

The concept of the collection is "Poubelle Plus Belle", literally meaning "Most beautiful rubbish" or "Best rubbish".

The original French version has a witty play on words, with "Belle" meaning "Beautiful" but also forming the word "Poubelle" as a dustbin, implying beauty can also be found in the most insalubrious objects and demonstrated through Hélène's genius use of recycled materials, transforming them into authentic, wonderful pieces of arts.

"My artistic research covers both a reflection on a woman's image and the situation of women in different societies. I have lived in Vietnam since 1996 and I have seen that the evolution of this country follows the woman...

"Vietnamese women are the essence of the land; they are its beauty, its strength and its intelligence.  A woman is a mother, a daughter; is active, loving and a lover, but still more or less used. In certain countries she is an image without a spirit used for its beauty, in other ones she is hidden because of her spirit and her beauty. Through my art, I decided to represent women in all her forms," says Hélène Kling about her inspiration.

The Exhibition House is located at 92 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1.

Helene Kling's Studio and Art School is located at 189/C1, Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2. For more information, contact 0903955780 or email to hk.painter@gmail.com

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