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Two Charming Lions

A visit to Phat Tich Pagoda in Bac Ninh Province

There is a current debate concerning the guardian lions of Vietnam that stand in pairs at the entrances of religious and government buildings.

A pair of guardian lions comprise of one male […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Saigon Compass

An artist finds inspiration in an ancient Vietnamese craft

London-born artist Jack Clayton describes himself as “predominately a woodcut printmaker who focuses on experimentation to create unique and eye-catching work.” His latest exhibition, called Saigon Compass, draws on a diverse range […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Art, Arts|0 Comments
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Light, Wind, Tree

The healing power of art

At VinGallery’s latest exhibition, an artist’s work points towards the healing power of nature in response to human catastrophe. In response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Yohei Yama, a Japanese artist based in France, […]

By |October 27th, 2015|Art, Arts|0 Comments
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Flying Colors

Traditional flags and their meanings in Vietnam

Flags have been used to communicate meanings, directions and identities for over 6,000 years. The earliest known flag is a bronze relic from Iran dated around 4,000BC. I never thought much about the meanings […]

By |October 18th, 2015|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Dynamic Range

In conversation with National Geographic photographers Steve McCurry and Michael Yamashita

You may not know them, but you know their work. They’ve taken you places and sharpened the way you look at the world. You’ve probably never met them, probably wouldn’t […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Art, Arts, Features|0 Comments
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Inside the Mind of Artist Pham Huy Thong

Born in 1981 in Ha Tay Province, Pham Huy Thong is a 2004 graduate of the Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University. Among his many important solo and group exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad, Thong displayed his solo exhibition Hands at […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Art, Arts, Features|0 Comments
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The Collectibles: Collecting Contemporary Vietnamese Art

Tucked down a small alleyway in Binh Thanh District, a group of us are at San Art contemplating a series of seemingly unrelated works of art. There’s an alphabet primer embroidered with silver thread, children on a playground, what looks […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Art, Arts, Features|0 Comments
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Art and meditation

Drawing and mindfulness bring beauty to the ordinary… Here is how art and meditation fit together.

Since I was about 16, I enjoyed sitting within a landscape to draw it. However, I would often spend more time searching for the most […]

By |June 19th, 2015|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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The skin is my canvas: body painter Mien Thao

Oi meets Saigon body painter Mien Thao.
By |June 16th, 2015|Art, Arts, Features|0 Comments
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Hanoi’s irresistable charm

Briget March reflects on Hanoi, its irrestible charm and its lure for artists.
By |May 22nd, 2015|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments