Viet Nam lacquer paintings on show in Seoul
Update: Jul 20, 2015
Lacquer paintings exhibition of 14 Vietnamese artists is taking place in Ganaisa Art Center, Seoul, Korea  from July 15 to July 20, 2015.

The exhibition, featuring 12 works of traditional style, and 30 of modern style, aims to bring the beauty of the landscapes and people of Viet Nam closer to Korean and international viewers.

It also introduces the procedure of making a Vietnamese lacquer painting, from processing materials, lay-outs, colouring, to finishing touches.

Addressing the opening ceremony on July 16, Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi highlighted the role of Vietnamese artists in promoting cultural exchanges with other nations.

He expressed hope that the show will help better connect Vietnamese culture and people with international friends.
The Ganaisa art centre is the venue for exhibitions of many famous names of worldwide contemporary art such as Antoni Tapies, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Lacquer is a special type of material extracted from lacquer tree, appeared in Viet Nam from 2500 years before, often used in making furniture, worshiping items and crafts. In 1925 the French founded the Indochina Fine Arts School, along with the acceptance of the academy art in Europe, Vietnamese lacquer artists transformed the material and put lacquer on their own works. The innovative combinations between material and the traditional way of shaping, between the spiritual life of the Vietnamese and the graphics, layout, color as well as art thought from Europe have created an art material that still highly appreciated by many national and foreign researchers. Many Vietnamese lacquer paintings were stored and kept at national prestigious museums and abroad. More and more foreign artists come to Vietnam to learn the techniques of lacquer.

Due to limited communication, difficulties in transportation and storage as well as lack of thorough understanding and confusion between art and fine art, Vietnamese lacquer is still not known and properly appreciated as its value yet.