Vietnamese-French painter plans art centre

June 26, 2008

Vietnamese-French painter plans art centre

(24-06-2008)

If you build it... : Bau Ho Hill is the future site of the Le Ba Dang Cultural and Art Space. — VNS Photo Thai Loc

THUA THIEN-HUE — Overseas Vietnamese painter Le Ba Dang plans to develop a second art space on 15 ha of land on Bau Ho Hill in Thuy Bieu Village outside Hue City.

Dang said the project would be finished in three years after he receives the land from local authorities. His first project was Le Ba Dang Art Centre in 2006 located at 15 Le Loi Street in Hue.

The Le Ba Dang Cultural and Art Space will be near the Huong River and Vong Canh (Sightseeing) Hill and will include an above-ground space for sculpture and paintings and an underground area for the Con Nguoi (Human) Cave with large-scale sculptures.

In 1950, Dang graduated from the Toulouse Art Institute in France and became a well-known painter in Europe.

Most of his works are either very small or large. An art cave named Le Ba Dang in southern France attracts many visitors.

Dang, who was born in 1921 and has had more than 60 exhibitions in France, Germany, the US, Japan, Britain and Viet Nam, said he wants to work with youth to develop a new art school.

“In the past, Vietnamese art and painting were often connected with nature. We said a certain scenery was as beautiful as a painting. Paintings should not just be admired from afar but be part of people’s lives,” Dang said.

“The Toulouse Art Institute trained me to become a painter, but life trained me to be a patient, dynamic and strong-willed man. I don’t follow any art school, neither Western nor Eastern, modern or traditional,” he added. — VNS

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