Celebrating Hanoi’s Visionaries: An Exhibition

The upcoming exhibition will showcase captivating portraits of renowned artists and influential business people who have left an indelible mark on Hanoi's vibrant cultural landscape. Their contributions have shaped the unique character and spirit of this historic city, and their stories deserve to be told and celebrated.


The exhibition Hanoi through Whose Eyes opened today and runs until July 25 at 49 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi. It showcases portraits of artists and entrepreneurs who have significantly contributed to the cultural fabric of Hanoi.

The Vietnam Fine Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Mobilization Committee and the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee organized the exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the capital, marking a significant milestone in the city’s history.

According to the organizers, the featured individuals in the exhibition have enriched Hanoi’s culture, regardless of their birthplace. Their impact on the city’s cultural landscape is undeniable and worth celebrating.

“This exhibition is our way of paying homage to the artists and entrepreneurs who have shaped Hanoi’s cultural identity over the past 70 years,” said Dao Thi Lien Huong, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fine Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Mobilization Committee. “It is a testament to the talent and creativity that has flourished in our great city.”

Portraits of billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong (left) and poet/playwright Luu Quang Vu (right) are a highlight of the exhibition. Their contributions to Hanoi’s culture are immeasurable.

“The portraits on display were created by young artists, each bringing their unique perspective and style to the exhibition,” Huong added. “It truly showcases the diversity and talent of our artistic community.”

The exhibition includes 40 portraits, with 12 featuring artists who graduated from the prestigious L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de L’Indochine. These include renowned names such as Nguyen Gia Tri, Le Pho, and Mai Trung Thu. Young artist Le Duc Tung, a lecturer at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, skillfully captured their essence.

Another 12 portraits pay tribute to contemporary artists and writers like Nguyen Dinh Thi and Phu Quang. Artist Hai Kien, also a lecturer at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, created these pieces, capturing the essence of these talented individuals.

The exhibition venue at 49 Tran Hung Dao Street, a cultural hub in Hanoi, further emphasizes the city’s commitment to celebrating its artistic talents.

The exhibition also recognizes the contributions of businessmen who played a pivotal role in the nation’s financial landscape, both during the early days of independence and in more recent times. These include names such as Bach Thai Buoi, Truong Gia Binh, and Pham Nhat Vuong, whose impact on Vietnam’s economy cannot be overstated.

The opening ceremony will feature a special interaction with the filmmaker of Hanoi through Whose Eyes and a musical performance by the famous songwriter Tran Tien, adding to the cultural significance of the event.

Interspersed between the portraits of renowned individuals are works by contemporary artists and young talents who have contributed to Hanoi’s thriving art scene. These individuals will be honored in a subsequent exhibition in October, providing a more comprehensive view of Hanoi’s cultural landscape.

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