During the French colonization of Vietnam, several French artists set up the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in 1925 in Hanoi, the capital. This was to become the leading institute for the progression of art and its graduates were the pioneers of contemporary art in Vietnam. Since the school’s establishment, Vietnamese artists have favored painting in the Western medium.
The lacquer painting titled “A Girl in Traditional Countryside Dress” by Bui Huu Hung was auctioned at the wine tasting and fundraising ceremony, held by Ms. Nguyễn Việt Loan, chairwoman of Journeys to the East, in support of the Blue Dragon Children Foundation in their fight against human trafficking
Tucked away in a corner of the shores of West Lake in Hanoi, hidden under trees dwarfed by the new twenty-story hotels, and hardly visible from the road stands a house on stilts, a traditional, wooden, temple-like structure. This is the home of one of Hanoi’s most innovative and cutting-edge contemporary artists. You might not know it, though, by the look of the place. Cobwebs hang from beams, and straw mats are scattered on the floor. Yesterday’s tea sits in cold cups on a wet tray.