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RENDEZVOUS BETWEEN THE OLD & THE NEW

RENDEZVOUS BETWEEN
THE OLD & THE NEW

SOLO EXHIBITION

SOLO EXHIBITION

Date: 7th December 2019 - 7th May 2020

Location: Contemporary Art Space - 5th floor, Vietnamese Women's Museum,

36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Date: 7th December 2019 - 7th May 2020
Location: Contemporary Art Space - 5th floor, Vietnamese Women's Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi, Vietnam

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year in 2017, “Folk Paintings – the Remake”, a collection of 20 paintings were introduced to art-enthusiasts in Hanoi in Xuan Lam’s debut exhibition. With the combination of rough texture from pencil drawing and the smooth gradient colors in graphic, the project succeeded in bringing the vivid folk paintings laden with spring vibes closer to the youth. Moreover, it recapture the nostalgic ambience of the traditional Lunar New Year, when folk paintings were indispensible part of every family in the North of Vietnam during the Tet Holiday.

To Xuan Lam’s surprise, the artworks from “Folk Paintings – the Remake” met with favorable reception from the public. In the past 3 years, Xuan Lam’s folk paintings have been ubiquitous in the capital city of Vietnam, from the art street in the Old Quarter, to the local stores where Xuan Lam’s works of art are printed on T-shirts, hoodies, notebooks, and tote bags, etc.

The widespread support from the public has become a strong motivation for Xuan Lam to keep telling the story of folk paintings through his artworks but with different media and a breath of fresh air in the second exhibition named “Rendezvous between the Old and the New”.

The folk paintings on display at “Rendezvous between the Old and the New” will go well beyond the frames, confirming their vitality among other trends of contemporary culture and giving rise to an unprecedented rendezvous between the Old and the New, between the tradition and the modernity, or between the exhibition-goers and the unique artworks. The exhibition is another effort of Xuan Lam in bringing folk paintings closer to the youth, and expresses his self-interrogation regarding his own style which he has been pursuing in the past few years.

Come to “Rendezvous between the Old and the New” to take a step into the world of folklore, where you may come across familiar figures such as a joyous wedding of rats, graceful female musicians playing traditional instruments of Vietnam, national heroines who shattered the glass ceiling as brilliant and brave warriors on the battlefields, etc. And just like that, gently and slowly, you will see the traditional colors that represent the soul of our country, and be inspired to cherish the traditional values that stand the test of time.

The exhibition is sponsored by Contemporary Art Space located in Vietnamese Women’s Museum

 

« On the occasion of the Lunar New Year in 2017, “Folk Paintings – the Remake”, a collection of 20 paintings were introduced to art-enthusiasts in Hanoi in Xuan Lam’s debut exhibition. With the combination of rough texture from pencil drawing and the smooth gradient colors in graphic, the project succeeded in bringing the vivid folk paintings laden with spring vibes closer to the youth. Moreover, it recapture the nostalgic ambience of the traditional Lunar New Year, when folk paintings were indispensible part of every family in the North of Vietnam during the Tet Holiday.

To Xuan Lam’s surprise, the artworks from “Folk Paintings – the Remake” met with favorable reception from the public. In the past 3 years, Xuan Lam’s folk paintings have been ubiquitous in the capital city of Vietnam, from the art street in the Old Quarter, to the local stores where Xuan Lam’s works of art are printed on T-shirts, hoodies, notebooks, and tote bags, etc.

The widespread support from the public has become a strong motivation for Xuan Lam to keep telling the story of folk paintings through his artworks but with different media and a breath of fresh air in the second exhibition named “Rendezvous between the Old and the New”.

The folk paintings on display at “Rendezvous between the Old and the New” will go well beyond the frames, confirming their vitality among other trends of contemporary culture and giving rise to an unprecedented rendezvous between the Old and the New, between the tradition and the modernity, or between the exhibition-goers and the unique artworks. The exhibition is another effort of Xuan Lam in bringing folk paintings closer to the youth, and expresses his self-interrogation regarding his own style which he has been pursuing in the past few years.

Come to “Rendezvous between the Old and the New” to take a step into the world of folklore, where you may come across familiar figures such as a joyous wedding of rats, graceful female musicians playing traditional instruments of Vietnam, national heroines who shattered the glass ceiling as brilliant and brave warriors on the battlefields, etc. And just like that, gently and slowly, you will see the traditional colors that represent the soul of our country, and be inspired to cherish the traditional values that stand the test of time.

The exhibition is sponsored by Contemporary Art Space located in Vietnamese Women’s Museum

THE EXHIBITION

THE EXHIBITION

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The Third Prince Riding the Fish, 166m x 120cm

The Third Prince Riding the Fish, 166m x 120cm

Princess of the Forest, 160cm x 120cm

Princess of the Forest, 160cm x 120cm

The First Prince Riding the Snake, 166cm x 120cm

The First Prince Riding the Snake, 166cm x 120cm

Red Tiger, 152cm x 120cm

Red Tiger, 152cm x 120cm

Five Tigers, 152cm x 120cm

Five Tigers, 152cm x 120cm

Exhibition view, swipe right to see more

Exhibition view, swipe right to see more

Four Musicians, from left to right (Spring: 163 x 99cm, Summer: 170cm x 90cm, Autumn: 163cm x 107cm, Winter: 168cm x 94cm)

Four Musicians, from left to right (Spring: 163 x 99cm, Summer:
170cm x 90cm, Autumn: 163cm x 107cm, Winter: 168cm x 94cm)

Exhibition view, swipe right to see more

Exhibition view, swipe right to see more

Crane, 170cm x 95cm

Crane, 170cm x 95cm

Pieceful World, 170cm x 120cm

Pieceful World, 170cm x 120cm

Roosters and Roses, 167cm x 120cm

Rooster and Roses, 167cm x 120cm

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Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Carps, 165cm x 107cm

Vicious Gamecocks, 120cm x 180cm

The drift of Pigs, 120cm x 180cm

The drift of Pigs, 120cm x 180cm

Little buffalo boy flying a kite, 165cm x 119cm

Little buffalo boy flying a kite, 165cm x 119cm

Exhibition View

Exhibition View

Eminence, 152cm x 107cm.  Prosperity & Honour, 152cm x 110cm

Eminence, 152cm x 107cm.  Prosperity & Honour, 152cm x 110cm

Rats performing Dragon Dance, 240cm x 474cm

Rats performing Dragon Dance, 240cm x 474cm

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Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Merchandises at the exhibition, collaboration with Tired City

Merchandises at the exhibition, collaboration with Tired City

THE OPENING

THE OPENING

Moments at the opening of the exhibition, swipe right to see more.

Photo Credit: Hoèn, Hoàng Minh Lucas

Moments at the opening of the exhibition.

Photo Credit: Hoèn, Hoàng Minh Lucas

BEHIND THE SCENES

BEHIND THE SCENES

The making of the exhibition and my interviews/documents with VTV3 & VTV4 (with English subtitle)

The exhibition is completed with help from my friends Quynh Chu, Giang Kawako, Jorien Katelaar, Tuan Anh and Thinh Le

The making of the exhibition and my interviews/documents with VTV3 & VTV4 (with English subtitle)

The exhibition is completed with help from my friends Quynh Chu, Giang Kawako, Jorien Katelaar, Tuan Anh and Thinh Le

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DESIGNED BY XUÂN LAM © 2020

DESIGNED BY XUÂN LAM © 2020