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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Commemorating 45 Years of Singapore-Vietnam Relations through Art

Perspectives: Commemorating 45 years of Singapore-Vietnam Relations, organised by The Singapore Embassy in Hanoi, opens on May 17, 2018 at the Cultural Exchange Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. Officiated by H.E. Ms Catherine Wong, Singapore Ambassador to Vietnam, the exhibition showcases 20 paintings by Vietnamese artist Pham Luan and Singaporean artist Jeffrey Wandly. The artworks displayed not only depict the landscapes in Singapore and Vietnam as viewed through the unique lens and experiences of the two artists, but capture the artists’ thoughts and feelings of attachment towards each other’s country.

Pham Luan has a special affinity to Singapore and has extensively used Singapore’s landmarks and landscapes as inspiration for his paintings. Through his works, guests will be able to appreciate the beauty of some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, the Botanical Gardens and Clarke Quay as seen from his unique perspective. Similarly, Jeffrey’s fondness for historical Vietnamese landmarks is evident in his art. A regular visitor to Vietnam, he is particularly attracted to the unique architecture and street scenes of Hanoi and Hoi An, expressed through his own distinct style. Prominent landmarks of Hanoi, such as the Old Quarters and Metropole Hotel, as well as the ancient town of Hoi An, are easily recognisable in his works. 

Perspectives reflect the close and vibrant cultural exchanges and people-to-people links between Singapore and Vietnam, and contributes to the friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries. Organised in partnership with Maya Gallery Singapore and Pham Luan Art House, the exhibition is on from May 17 to 27, 2018.