Vietnamese artists question modernization in Hong Kong exhibition

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An art exhibition by Vietnam's six most outstanding artists will be held in Hong Kong from August 24 to Sept 9.

A press release from the organizer, Art Vietnam Gallery in Hanoi, says the exhibition, called "Vietnam Now" portrays a country in transition, "paying homage to the past, living in the present and looking forward to the future."

How to modernize without losing one's tradition and culture is a dilemma, that confronts Vietnamese of all ages and all walks of life.

In Vietnam Now, this struggle is given visual expression by the artists in works that include oil on canvas, painting on silk, bronze sculpture, 3D photography, contemporary calligraphy and performance.


Widely exhibited in Vietnam, these six artists -  Ha Tri Hieu, Nguyen Thi Chau Giang, Nguyen The Son, Nguyen Thi Chinh Le, Le Quoc Viet, and Nguyen Quang Thang, are now emerging on the international stage.


Never seen before in Hong Kong, their "innovative and thought-provoking works honor and preserve the past while adapting and integrating traditional subjects and techniques in ways that resonate with modern-day audiences," the press release says.


Curated by Art Director Suzanne Lecht of the Art Vietnam Gallery, this is the second exhibition of Vietnamese artists presented by Lecht and Hongkong Land.


In May 1997, the exhibition "The Changing Face of Hanoi" introduced five of the country's leading artists whose works also reflected the impact of rapid development.


Vietnam Now, will be accompanied by a documentary film on the artists, showing how they live, how they work, and the issues they address.


The film is produced by the gallery in association with documentary filmmaker Bill Perna of Perna Content.


Hongkong Land is located on The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong.


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