○ Period: July 28-September 2, 2012 (Part 1)
September 7-October 21, 2012 (Part 2)
○ Venue: Geumnyeonsan Gallery
○ Opening Hours: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
○ Free admission
○ For more info.: 051)740-4273
The Scenes of a Hot Country, Contemporary Vietnamese Art
|Intentions||The Scenes of a Hot Country, Contemporary Vietnamese Art part1 2012.7.28(SAT) ~ 9.2(SUN) part2 2012.9.7(FRI) ~ 10.21(SUN)|
The establishment of Indochina Fine Arts College in 1925 by well-known Vietnamese painter Nam Son (1890-1973) is regarded as the starting point of contemporary Vietnamese art. Vietnam art before the foundation of this college was mostly sculptural modeling works housed in temples, shrines, and tombs. The features of traditional Vietnamese art are inherited through such sculptural pieces. Artist Nam Son had a dream to found an art college in Vietnam, and suggested French painter Victor Tardieu ask the French government to set up a college. With this Indochina1) Fine Arts College was founded.
This college curriculum was similar to that of a French fine arts college. The curriculum encompassed traditional Vietnamese art and realist art education addressing the reality of Vietnamese people as well as Western art to foster new Vietnamese artists. Its establishment was thus epoch-making in the formation and evolvement of contemporary Vietnamese art. Nam Son received many international art awards in Paris and Tokyo with works applying modern materials in traditional Vietnamese ways. His awards drew much attention to Vietnamese art and opened the path for other Vietnamese artists to participate in international art fairs.
The college’s educational policy was to create new Vietnamese art with distinctive regional characteristics, inheriting aspects of their ancestors’ art. Imperative to this was collection of antique artworks of Vietnam and the founding of a Vietnamese art museum. Indochina Fine Arts College operated for 20 years from 1925 and had a decisive role in fostering new contemporary Vietnamese artists. Early artists include Nguyen Nam Sun, Nguyen Phan Chanh, Mai Trung Th, and To Nogoc Vun. Some painters gained widespread reputation, and masterpieces were produced. Artist with abundant creative power and diverse talents emerged. Nguyen Gia Tro and Lyu Van Sin and lacquer artists such as Tran Vun Cin, Nguyen Tien Chung, and Nguyen Van Ti are well-known.
Many artists took part in exhibitions hosted by FARTA Group and the Salon Unique founded by the French colonial government in 1943 and 1944. Lacquer work exhibition (1940), Japanese painting exhibition (1941), contemporary Asian art exhibition held in Japan (1943), and Nguyen Gia Tro and Pham Hiu lacquer work exhibition (1944) made an impressive contribution to the growth of Vietnamese art before 1945. Vietnamese artists who graduated from the college diversely reflected the realities of Vietnamese society through new modeling methods, and many artists produced new artworks with great value through a fusion of contemporary scientific art techniques and traditional Vietnamese art. Contemporary Vietnamese art was formed based its graduates’ study of international art and inheritance and evolvement of traditional Vietnamese art.