Vietnam hosts cutting-edge Japanese art exhibition

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A watercolor by Ryoko Aoki named "Fiction House"

A cutting-edge exhibition featuring Japanese contemporary art is currently being held in Hanoi and will soon come to Ho Chi Minh City as part of celebrations marking Japan Vietnam Friendship Year 2013.

"Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art" presents 35 drawings, paintings and videos created by 14 young Japanese artists active from the latter half of the 1990s through the first decade of the 21st century.

Curated by Japanese art critic Midori Matsui, the exhibition reflects the insights of the artists who lived during the period known as globalization.

The works are distinctive perspectives that combine fragments of the outdated or the ordinary, but they share similar styles of expression, which Ms. Matsui calls "Micropop."

The exhibition also includes three videos made by Koki Tanaka, the selected Japanese representative at the 55th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia in Italy, which runs from June 1 to November 28.

"Winter Garden," which is being jointly held by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, the Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City and the Embassy of Japan.

It opened in Hanoi on June 8 at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and will run through June 23. Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh District in Hanoi.

The exhibition will be on display at the Ho Chi Minh City Labor Culture Palace from July 6-21.

The Ho Chi Minh City Labor Culture Palace is located at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1.

Admission is free.


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