Famous writer opens his first art exhibition in Hanoi

Fifty-three paintings by Nguyen Quang Thieu, President of the Vietnamese Writers’ Association, are on display in his first solo exhibition called Flutist at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi.

Flutist includes 53 paintings in oil, watercolour and pastel, showing his various imaginations of the flute.

There are also other images repeated in his works, mostly the symbolic images of villages such as ceramic pots and gourd plants.

For a long time, Thieu has been known as a famous writer, poet, as well as artist in both music and painting.

He has had paintings exhibited in many art exhibitions and drawn illustrations for his poems and for other writers. But this is his first solo exhibition.

“The name of the exhibition is also related to a story in my life. Those were the days when I had a sadness that I couldn’t get rid of,” Thieu said.

“One morning a blind flutist passed by where I sat for coffee. With all due respect, I asked him to play a song that I liked best. He looked at me for a long time with his blind eyes and finally he did it.”

“In the months that followed, I was always sitting at that sidewalk hoping to see the blind flutist again. But I never saw him again.”

According to Thieu, the flute can be formed in very diverse ways in the imagination.

Thieu started painting in 2005 and had his first paintings in group exhibition with other writers at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in 2005. Then he stopped painting until 2012.

After that, he attended many exhibitions with a group of artists called G39.

The exhibition, organised by the group of Nhan Sy Ha Dong with artist Le Thiet Cuong as a curator, will last until January 15 at 42 Yet Kieu Street.

Source: Vietnam News Agency