Artworks by late famous Vietnamese painters on display at London exhibition

Artworks by late famous Vietnamese painters on display at London exhibition
Paintings by late Vietnamese artist Nguyen Tu Nghiem are on display at Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Paintings and drawings by two late Vietnamese artists are on display at two art galleries within the framework of the Asian Week, a fabulous exhibition in London from November 5 to 9.

Visitors to Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Habour in London can have the opportunity to view a collection of modern Vietnamese art, featuring artworks by Bui Xuan Phai and Nguyen Tu Nghiem, two late Vietnamese painters.

Bui Xuan Phai (1921-1988) was known for the paintings of the Hanoi Old Quarter while Nguyen Tu Nghiem (1918-2016) was a lacquer painter awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize for fine arts in 1996.

Notably, the exhibited pieces are from a private collection by the Swiss art collector Paul Hugentobler that was discovered in Hanoi when he traveled in Vietnam in the early 1990s and were previously unseen in the UK.

During the course of the display, there are also gallery talks by curator Louise Malcom covering the history of Vietnam’s contemporary fine arts, the establishment of the Indochina College of Fine Arts, and the influence of some French painters on the formation of Vietnam’s contemporary fine arts.

Paintings by late Vietnamese artist Nguyen Tu Nghiem are on display at Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
Paintings by late Vietnamese artist Nguyen Tu Nghiem are on display at Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

In addition, attendees will also be introduced to the works by other Vietnamese artists.

According to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), the exhibited works have drawn great attention from visitors, many of whom later bought biography books on the life and works of the two renowned Vietnamese painters.

VNA also reported that Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An came to the exhibition and expressed his appreciation to see more and more Londoners gaining interest in and understanding of Vietnam’s culture and art.

Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, in association with Asian Art in London, is a multi-dimensional exhibition, with more than 120 pieces of artwork on show, in celebration of the influence of Asian culture, art and creativity from across the region.

Design Centre Chelsea Habour is home to 120 showrooms and over 600 of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, the largest of its kind in Europe.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An (middle) talks with curator Louise Malcom (right) and art collector Paul Hugentobler at the opening ceremony of Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An (middle) talks with curator Louise Malcom (right) and art collector Paul Hugentobler at the opening ceremony of Asia Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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