The Hanoitimes - The event aims to introduce Vietnamese folk culture through paintings, contributing to preserving the culture, traditions of the nation.
An exhibition showcasing 50 Vietnamese folk paintings themed “Vietnamese Folk Paintings” officially opened at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi on August 29, part of events to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). The event is open from August 29 to September 30.
The event is organized by the Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center in coordination with French Academy of the Far East (EFEO) in Ho Chi Minh City, as a part of project to introduce Vietnamese folk culture through paintings to contribute to the preservation of Vietnam's culture and traditions.
Vietnamese folk paintings exhibition officially opens. Photo: qdnd.vn
Accordingly, 50 paintings are taken from the “Vietnamese Folk Paintings” book by French linguist Maurice Durand. The book was published and is preserved at EFEO. The book introduces a large part of the collection of more than 400 folk paintings collected by Durand from 1940s in Hanoi with the support of scholars Tran Van Giap, Tran Huy Ba, Louis Bezacier and Paul Lesvy.
Born in 1914 in Hanoi, Maurice Durand was the son of a French sinologist and a Vietnamese woman. He was a historian, literary language expert and critic, and art analyst as well, and died in 1966.
Maurice Durand is one of the rare bilingual researchers of the EFEO, with knowledge of French and Vietnamese cultural sources which are closely related to Han scripts.
Folk paintings are precious cultural heritage that should be respected and preserved, according to Director of the Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center Tran Viet Anh.