The Old Man and the Sea

Coincidence is sometimes very beautiful Nearly three years ago, I found myself browsing the online pages of Thomas L Le – a scholar and translator of Vietnamese and French poetry. I was so moved by one of the poems that it inspired a small painting of a Hoi An fisherman skilfully riding the surf in

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Morning in the Mountains

A solo exhibition of mixed media paintings by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen The Hung Born and raised in Tuyen Quang Province in Northeastern Vietnam, much of Nguyen The Hung’s work is influenced by the cultures and traditions of the many ethnic minority groups that populate the mountains of his native region. “The idea for this collection

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Meet Mr.Big

Thai artist Pariwat Anantachina’s digital collage of Saigon and its people Meet the other Mr.Big. He’s not very tall. He’s not even large. And he has nothing to do with Carrie Bradshaw. But he’s been Mr. Big since birth. You see, his parents owned a heavy machinery shop in Bangkok – buying, selling, repairing. Of

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Orange

Director Courtney Marsh and Producer Jerry Franck on their 2016 Academy Award-nominated documentary Chau, Beyond the Lines There’s a lot of warmth out there for American documentary Chau, Beyond the Lines, which picked up an Academy Award nomination earlier this year as the latest in a string of accolades for a film that has effectively

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It’s a small world

It is often said that the best things come in small packages so, with this in mind, VinGallery hosts its third annual Small Things (VinGallery, 6 Le Van Mien, D2) art collection. All the works displayed are USD500 or less and 50x50cm or smaller, and have been produced by 22 Saigon-based international artists in a

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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 (yin) and one female (yang). The male has one foot on an embroidered

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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 of influences, along with Jack’s own traveling experiences. Woodcut relief printmaking is one of

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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, was inspired to celebrate nature in his work. His latest collection, currently exhibited at

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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 of flags until I moved to Vietnam where they are far more common than

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