Exhibition Marks Painter’s Return After 10-Year Hiatus

Ha Tri Hieu, one of the founding fathers of Vietnamese contemporary art, is exhibiting his works after a gap of 10 years.

On display at the Viet Nam Art Gallery in Ha Noi, the private exhibition, called “My Way”, features his pet theme -- the natural beauty of rural Viet Nam.

But Mr. Hieu has also ventured into a darker topic this time through his “Midnight flower” series about unfortunate girls who lose their way and fall prey to lust and money.

The show marks a significant growth for Mr. Hieu as an artist who always seeks new inspiration to bring art closer to real life and find hidden beauty in every mundane aspect of life.

Thus, the peaceful, romantic poem-like scenery of the countryside act as the background to direct visitors’ attention to the dramatized, modern touch conveyed in the “midnight flower” paintings.

Mr. Hieu’s works have been exhibited in Singapore, Japan, Norway, Belgium, the U.S, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

The exhibition goes on until May 31.

Minh Ha

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