Vietnamese, foreign artists 'talk about love'

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An exhibition of works on paper by both local and foreign artists is being held in Hanoi's Bui Gallery from Sep 30 to Nov 15.


"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", features works of artists Truong Tan, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy, Tracey Emin and Louis Bourgeois.


The works drift between "the language of simplicity" and that which manifests itself when confronting complex emotions, individualities, solitude and overwhelming passion, a gallery release says.


The women in Quang Huy's new paintings, for instance, "are suffocating between crumbling reality and their shattered dreams, but appearing as magnetic angels, intriguing and magnificent, they fight for the name of love."


Minh Thanh's "tranquil imagery, so bitter in his paintings, questions the reality, the essential, the unconditional nature of Love, and questions whether it can make one complete."


In Truong Tan's works done between 1993 and 1994, portray "violence and harsh reality as the seeds of the gentleness which every human being seeks when in love."


"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" also features a few pieces by two contemporary female artists Louis Bourgeois and Tracey Emin.


Their works "candidly confront themes of identity, sexuality and the fear of loss and abandonment."


"Artists are probably at their clearest when composing on paper; they reveal their honesty, their hearts, their minds and their desires."


The exhibition includes a talk by the artists on Oct 2


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


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