(VEN) – To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – Singapore diplomatic relations, from 26 to 29 November 2018, the Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore and the Vietnam–Singapore Friendship Association jointly held the Vietnam–Singapore art exhibition at The Arts House Singapore. The exhibition featured paintings by Vietnamese artist Pham Luan and Singaporean artist Jeffrey Wandly.
|The artwork “Hang Dau Water Tower – Hanoi” by artist Jeffrey Wandly|
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Singapore – Vietnam diplomatic ties and five years of the strategic partnership. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1973, the two countries have laid a solid foundation for friendship based on mutual trust, common interests and effective cooperation. Singapore and Vietnam have boosted cooperation in various fields and have been close partners in regional and multilateral forums, especially ASEAN.
In order to strengthen the political and economic ties between the two countries, the Embassy of Vietnam in Singapore has made great efforts to organize meaningful activities, including the Vietnam-Singapore art exhibition, that help boost understanding between people of both nations through cultural and social exchanges.
The Vietnam-Singapore art exhibition introduced special artworks by Vietnamese artist Mr. Pham Luan and Singaporean artist Mr. Jeffrey Wandly. Earlier in May 2018, the two artists showed a good connection in their exhibition entitled “Perspectives – celebrating the 45th anniversary of Singapore – Vietnam diplomatic ties” held by the Embassy of Singapore in Hanoi at the capital city’s Cultural Exchange Center.
The Vietnam-Singapore art exhibition featured the countries’ landscapes through the unique views of the artists. The special thing of this exhibition was the art exchange in the works of the two artists. Pham Luan used Singapore’s landmarks and landscapes as inspiration for his paintings. In return, Wandly’s fondness for historical Vietnamese landmarks and people is evident in his works.
Coming to Vietnam in 1994 as a young architect, artist Jeffrey Wandly devoted special attention to heritages, music and paintings. He was immersed in cultures of the places where he had been. He expressed in his paintings not only liveliness but also respect towards Vietnamese cultural heritage space.
|The artwork “Late afternoon in Marina Bay” by artist Pham Luan|
Jeffrey Wandly has been living and working in Vietnam for many years. He is currently the first Deputy General Director of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). His paintings depict landscapes, moments of daily life of Hanoians and those living in other localities.
Artist Pham Luan’s paintings portrayed some of Singapore’s famous landscapes as well as heritages of Vietnam.
The artist knew the importance of the exhibition held in a year that was full of remarkable events, therefore he devoted himself to make elaborate, technical and sensitive artworks.
The paintings by artist Pham Luan lightened the special charm of a small but modern, charming Singapore that is still full of unique identities.
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