Vietnamese painting exhibition held in France

June 13, 2006

17:07' 05/06/2006 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet – An exhibition by two Vietnamese painters is being held in the city hall of Vic Fezensac, 1,000km southwest of Paris, where Vietnam is the main theme of the local three-day annual Pentecost festival.

Nearly 50 oil, lacquer and silk paintings by Le Tan Loc and Thai Hong Van, a French citizen of Vietnamese origin, are displayed in the exhibition from June 2, featuring Vietnamese culture. Lacquer paintings portraying Vietnamese women, countryside and old streets have drawn special attention from visitors.

Speaking at the exhibition's opening ceremony, Vic Fezensac mayor San Roma stressed that by holding a Vietnamese painting exhibition, the festival organisers want to introduce French people and especially the town's residents to the country and the people of Vietnam as well as its culture and art, in an effort to foster the two nations' friendship and cooperation.

The Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) highlighted Vietnam's cultural characteristics. He said Vietnamese people have not only preserved and developed the nation's traditional culture, but have also adopted the best elements of foreign cultures.

More than 30 old Vietnamese postcards printed in the 19th and early 20th centuries were also displayed in this exhibition.

They are part of the postcard collection of Andres Nguyen, a French woman married to a Vietnamese man. As a "Vietnamese daughter in-law", she has supported many Vietnamese painters.

(Source: VNA)

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