Europe’s Inspiring Shades of Watercolor on Display in Hanoi Exhibition

Artists in Hanoi are eager to share their love of watercolor with art lovers in Europe, despite the geographical distance between them.

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A vibrant watercolor exhibition is set to take place at the European Village in Hanoi from May 12th to 14th. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of watercolors as you explore the stunning works of art. With a wide variety of pieces on display, there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s tastes. From landscapes to abstracts, this exhibition is sure to be a visual feast! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the beauty of watercolour painting.

 Watercolors displayed at the exhibition during European Village in Hanoi on May 12-14. Photo: Polish Embassy in Hanoi  

Titled “Inspiring Shades of Europe,” the exhibition showcases the landscapes of Poland and other European countries, along with Ukraine, through the lenses of watercolorists who have been inspired by the rich culture and heritage of Europe.

The Polish Embassy and the EU Delegation to Vietnam have teamed up with the Hanoi Watercolor Artist Club to host an impressive exhibition featuring 32 selected watercolor paintings from 15 talented artists from throughout Vietnam. This fascinating collection of artwork is sure to captivate viewers and provide a unique insight into the country’s vibrant culture.

 Watercolors are the highlights of the event attracting a number of visitors. Photo: Polish Embassy in Hanoi 

Believing that watercolor is a vibrant medium of art, the artists hope to bring Europe to Hanoi and art lovers together despite the geographical distance.

Each scenery in this exhibition tells its own story of a European country, from its history, place, and beauty. Through the use of vibrant watercolors, viewers are taken on a journey through the varied landscapes of Europe, from the tranquil forests to the serene seas, from the bustling city streets to the peaceful fields, and from the lush nature to the bustling built infrastructure. Each painting brings to life the unique story of a European country, allowing viewers to experience its distinct beauty and culture.

In addition to the exhibition, a workshop entitled “Sun Shining Over Poland” will be open to the public. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the techniques used in creating stunning landscapes, particularly those of Poland. They will gain insight into the art of capturing the beauty of the Polish countryside, its rolling hills, and its picturesque villages. They will also discover how to use light and color to bring out the unique features of the Polish landscape.

 Vietnamese and Polish artists and participants at the exhibition. Photo: Polish Embassy in Hanoi

Nguyen Hoang Minh, a Hanoian who studied in Poland in the 1980s, expressed her excitement about the exhibition and the booth that displays Polish culture and cuisine. “The paintings, especially watercolors, capture the beauty of landscapes from all corners of the world and the exhibition brings us closer to nature,” she told The Hanoi Times.

 Food is another high point of the event. Photo: Linh Pham

On this occasion, Hoang Minh wanted to show her grandchildren the wide variety of Polish food. Featuring a range of vegetables, spices, mushrooms, and herbs, as well as meat—particularly pork and chicken—it is also distinct for its use of different noodles, cereals, and grains.

The oldest works of Polish literature date back to the 10th century, with most of the poetry and prose from that era written in Latin. The oldest surviving poem written in Polish is Bolesław Śmiały’s “Kronika”. This was followed by the works of Mikołaj Rej, who is regarded as the father of Polish literature. Polish literature flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was one of the most powerful countries in Europe. The most famous works from this period include Jan Kochanowski’s poetry, which introduced new forms of poetic expression into Polish literature. Later, the 18th century saw the emergence of writers such as Ignacy Krasicki and Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, who wrote works of great literary merit. In the 19th century, Poland regained its independence and Polish literature was heavily influenced by Romanticism. Writers like Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Słowacki, and Zygmunt Krasiński wrote works of great beauty and philosophical depth. Polish literature continued to evolve in the 20th century, with the works of writers like Witold Gombrowicz and Czesław Miłosz exploring new topics and ideas. Today, modern Polish literature is still evolving, with authors like Olga Tokarczuk winning international recognition.

 Books about Poland, a Central European country. Photo: Linh Pham