The 5,000sq.m Dong Ho Folk Painting Preservation Centre was recently inaugurated, but can it preserve this folk art? Mr. Nguyen Dang Che, one of several craftsmen of the Dong Ho village in Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province, on July 25 inaugurated the Centre for Dong Ho Folk Painting Preservation. Che opened this centre to honour Dong Ho paintings and gather historical evidence, current products, production procedures, etc. of this famous craft village. The centre has three houses built in an old style. The first house exhibits remnants of Dong Ho folk painting arts comprising over 100 wood blocks of 60-100 years old which were handed down by his ancestors; and six sets of ancient paintings for which the wood blocks have been lost. The most valuable set is paintings based on a tale named Thach Sach, which are estimated at 100 years old. In addition, the room has over 170 topics of paintings, and this is a nearly all the painting topics created in the history of Dong Ho village. … [Read more...] about Exhibition centre can preserve Dong Ho folk paintings?
The Old House at 87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi these days is witnessing the first interesting convergence of three sorts of folk paintings including Kim Hoang, Hang Trong and Dong Ho. Besides showing paintings, artisans also introduced the technique of making such kind of artistic works to visitors, considering part of the country’s traditional culture. Representing Dong Ho school is the family of artisan Nguyen Huu San who has been working very hard to preserve the trade for years. Hang Trong painting colorfully appears with two different types; serving religion and its spiritual life in temples, pagodas and Tet holidays. Traditional trade has experienced lots of ups and downs and many artisans had passed away. However, its decedents have been preserving and revitalizing the craft. The convergence offers a panorama of three kinds of folk paintings which were once very famous in Vietnam. Source: ANTD/QDND … [Read more...] about Three kinds of folk paintings converge in an old house
The website www.dongho.bis.vn has been put into operation to introduce famous Dong Ho folk paintings of Vietnam to those who might be keen on such a kind of traditional folk painting. Launched by a group of enthusiastic young people, this website is seen as a promotion of Vietnamese traditional culture values which could get lost in oblivion. General features of the painting village of Dong Ho, the history of Dong Ho village, how to create a Dong Ho folk painting as well as typical paintings are also included on this website. Only two families in Dong Ho village of today keep the trade going while other families have turned their business toward creating paper objects. Apart from business aims, the website targets promoting the traditional beauty of Vietnam in general, and of Dong Ho printing village in particular. Source: ANTD … [Read more...] about Dong Ho folk paintings put online
Collector Pham Duc Si will introduce his collection of Hang Trong folk paintings at an exhibition at the Viet Art Centre, 42 Yet Kieu, Hanoi from September 9. , Si’s collection is praised as the largest personal collection of Hang Trong paintings in Vietnam, with 149 paintings. Si used to be a carpenter who made painting frames and statue platforms for students and exhibitions at the Vietnam Arts University. This carpenter surprised people when he introduced his unique collection of Vietnamese worshiping paintings last October, also at the Viet Art Centre. Unlike Dong Ho folk paintings, which are very popular, the number of Hang Trong paintings is limited. At present, there is no family on Hang Trong Street producing paintings. The last artisan – Mr. Le Dinh Nghien, an employee of the Vietnam Arts Museum – now resides in Ly Nam De street. Si has collected Hang Trong paintings for nearly ten years, including a dozen paintings based on Chinese legends and paintings … [Read more...] about Biggest personal collection of folk paintings opens in Hanoi
(Cinet)- The family of artisan Nguyen Dang Che and the local administration are joining effort to build Dong Ho folk painting center. The centre will be built on the area of 5,500 square metres, including an eco-logical garden, show rooms and production workshop. The centre is expected to be completed early next month and will feature 180 kinds of paintings, including numerous old paintings collected by artisan Nguyen Dang Che since 1970. Source: ND … [Read more...] about Bac Ninh builds Dong Ho folk painting centre