Wax museum featuring Vietnamese artists inaugurates

An exhibition house featuring over 100 wax shapes of Vietnamese celebrities opened at Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 by Viet Wax Figure Company on April 11.

Cai luong actress Thanh Nguyet and actor Quoc Nhi, and their statues (Photo: Sggp)

Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu and Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, Bui Ta Hoang Vu and artists cut ribbon to inaugurate the exhibition.

The 1,500 square meter museum will be set to increase the number of waxworks to 150 in the future with a total capital of VND35 billion.

The remarkable area of the museum is a space featuring images of the peaceful countryside, tropical trees, panels of the historical battle of Bach Dang River, Hai Ba Trung (the Trung sisters)' uprising.

There is an area for don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) performance, seminar and talk between insiders and audiences.

Exhibits are famous artists who have outstanding contribution to art and culture in decades, likely Professor Tran Van Khe, the grand old master of Vietnamese traditional music; People’s Artists Bach Tuyet, Dinh Bang Phi, Kim Cuong, Hong Van; Meritorious Artists Tran Minh Ngoc, Ca Le Hong, Minh Vuong, Cong Ninh; 66-chord zither artist Hai Phuong, actor Quyen Linh, actress Tu Trinh and more.

The idea was initiated by artisans Nguyen Van Dong, Nguyen Thi Dien and Thai Ngoc Binh who have spent more than 16 years to research wax material and learnt portrait sculpting skills.

It took a lot of time and effort to create a lively statue that reflects the true spirit of any character. About 90% of a finished statue looks like the real character, including the measurements of body, muscles and skin tone to the wrinkles on the face and body.

By Thuy Binh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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