“Singapore-Vietnam Friendship Highlighted at Art Exhibition”

Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Vietnam, the exhibition "Friendship: Singapore and Vietnam 50-10" showcases artworks highlighting the shared history and culture of the two peoples. These artworks demonstrate the strong friendship and strong bonds between the two countries.

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The prestigious Vietnam Fine Arts Museum proudly presents the opening of “Friendship: Singapore and Vietnam 50-10” exhibition.
This highly anticipated event features an impressive collection of artworks brought to you by 14 talented artists from both Singapore and Vietnam.

Experience an extraordinary artistic journey that surpasses borders, cultures, and languages in our exhibition. Delve into a mesmerizing collection of captivating artworks, crafted by both established and emerging Vietnamese and Singaporean artists.

 A visitor at the exhibition watches the artworks of P. Gnana. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times

These artists utilize their creative abilities to delve into the intricate and diverse aspects of people, culture, lifestyles, and architecture present not only within their own countries but also across borders. The exhibition will feature captivating works by Jeffrey Wandly (Singapore) and Pham Thuy Tien (Vietnam), captivatingly illustrating the richness and diversity of cultural traditions in both nations.

Jeffrey Wandly’s artwork showcases the picturesque Huong (Perfume) River that gracefully winds through the enchanting city of Hue, located in the central region of Vietnam.

The Perfume River goes beyond being a mere 80 km waterway – it holds deep symbolic meaning for the imperial city of Hue, aligning with the principles of Fengshui in the Nguyen Dynasty. This symbolism denotes wealth and prosperity, while also serving as a reminder of the history of our own Singapore River. Through this parallel, we are able to bridge the gap between Vietnamese and Singaporean heritage and foster friendship. Moreover, art has the power to facilitate cultural understanding and prompt self-reflection, prompting us to contemplate our past and the potential for tomorrow,” he eloquently expressed.

 Jeffrey Wandly’s artwork depicts the Huong (Perfume) River.

Pham Thuy Tien is currently exhibiting an art piece that draws inspiration from the geographical and historical connections between two nations, particularly in regards to their rivers and seas. Through extensive research, she has gathered folk tales and stories about water from both countries. These narratives not only serve as a means of delving into the past, but also highlight the significance of water in shaping our cultures. The installation itself utilizes coracles, rice paper, and a net that embodies the graceful movement of a swimming jellyfish. Symbolically, sand is used to represent the land.

 An installation art by Pham Thuy Tien. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times

The exhibition features a diverse group of talented artists, including Cao Thuc, Duong Manh Quyet, Vu Hoang, Au Dinh Kien, Nguyen Hoang Dung, Ha Chau Bao Nhi, Ruslan Vu from Vietnam, and Masturah Sha’ari, Hiroko Mita, P. Gnana, Terence Tan, Dominic Thian from Singapore.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Vietnam, as well as the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership, this exhibition serves as a significant testament to the enduring history shared by the two nations.

“Artworks of Friendship: Celebrating Singapore-Vietnam Cultural Ties

The prestigious exhibition, Artworks of Friendship, is a remarkable showcase of the vibrant cultural ties shared between the Republic of Singapore and Vietnam. Under the theme of Friendship, this exhibition epitomizes the essence of cooperation and collaboration.

Ambassador Jaya Ratnam of the Republic of Singapore to Vietnam expressed his excitement at the opportunity to present and celebrate the strong cultural bonds between the two nations. Through this exhibition, the artists have artfully explored the similarities and differences between our peoples and cultures, resulting in captivating and thought-provoking artworks.

Join us as we delve into the captivating world of Artworks of Friendship, where the interconnectedness of our peoples is beautifully depicted through the medium of art. Experience the power of artistic expression as it transcends borders and unifies nations.”

 Healing entity, a sculpture by P. Gnana. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times

“Art is a splendid form of expression that possesses the remarkable ability to surpass language and societal boundaries, fostering unity and connection among individuals. As you admire the captivating artworks showcased here, I encourage you to explore your own personal connections, as experienced through the distinctive artistic voyages of these skilled creators,” he expressed.

Jeffrey Wandly, Chairman of the Exhibition, expressed how the exhibition signifies the strong bond of friendship that has flourished between Singapore and Vietnam throughout the years.

Art has the unique ability to connect people beyond language and borders. This exhibition serves as a vibrant platform for promoting cultural exchange and fostering mutual understanding, while also celebrating the enduring relationship between our two nations. The event serves as a reminder of the deep-rooted ties we share and encourages future collaborations in the arts and culture. We have a shared hope that it will contribute to the strong friendship and understanding between the people of both countries,” remarked the spokesperson.

The ongoing exhibition will continue until September 14 at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc in Hanoi.