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Jun 17, 2023 / 09:00

Non-profit exhibition by Hanoi artist features beauty of love

The exhibition, which explores the complexity and beauty of love, is aimed to support Vietnamese children through the Operation Smile Vietnam Fund.

Visual artist Tran Quang Dai has unveiled his latest interactive installation art inspired by the Co Loa Citadel, a historical monument in Hanoi dating back to the third century BC.

The artwork features handmade heart-shaped cushions arranged in a labyrinth, symbolizing the softness and vulnerability of the heart and the confusion and uncertainty of love.

It is on display in the exhibition "Love Is All", which is on view now through June 20 at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, HCM City, free admission.

  Visitors can walk into the labyrinth. Photo courtesy of the artist

"Love Is All" is a series of exclusive activities with artists from different walks of life. It is a declaration of the artist's next creative journey, exploring the complexity and beauty of the most essential emotion - love.

"Through this exhibition, I want to inspire a dialogue between my paintings and the viewer, asking fundamental questions about human existence: Are you happy, healthy, and satisfied?" he said.

Apart from the pillow maze, the exhibition features paintings that explore different aspects of love.

 The installation art is inspired by Co Loa Citadel. Photo courtesy of the artist

"I believe that my artworks should not be understood, but felt with the heart," he added. For that reason, he aims to create an experience that engages all the senses and encourages viewers to reflect on their own experiences with love.

 Visitors pose in front of the installation art of Quang Dai. Photo courtesy of the artist

All artwork will be donated to the Operation Smile Vietnam Fund to support Vietnamese children.

Previously, Quang Dai's non-profit art therapy exhibition "How Are You These Days?" had 13 shows in Vietnam and Thailand. He is also the first Vietnamese artist to have a solo exhibition at MOCA Bangkok (Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art) and was featured on Nowness Asia (a global platform to showcase and share interesting projects related to Asian culture/art). 

 A corner of the exhibition. Photo courtesy of the artist