War, life on display in HCMC

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One of artist Pham Luc's paintings on display at an ongoing exhibition in HCMC. Photo by Van Khoa

A Hanoi-based club that collects noted Vietnamese artist Pham Luc's paintings began displaying 56 of his works at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum on Saturday.

The paintings, made by Luc since the 1960s, depict such topics as war, ordinary life and people.

Dang Hung Long, one of The Pham Luc Art Club's eight members, said the "Once and Forever" exhibition aims to give visitors the opportunity to observe Pham Luc's precious, beautiful paintings.

The club still has 6,000 paintings made by Luc, Dang said, adding that the club often displays the artist's paintings in Hanoi every year, but this is the first time such an exhibition has been held in HCMC.

"Once and Forever" will be at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, at 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1, until November 13.

Pham Luc, 68, is one of Vietnam's famous painters and has taken part in many exhibitions domestically and abroad. In 2008, Luc donated the 5,000 euros ($6,400) he made selling paintings at an exhibition in Nantes, France, to training courses for orphans in the northern province of Ha Nam.

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