San Art will be putting on the exhibitionÂÂÂ Sketching Vietnamese History, the first major solo exhibition by senior established artist, Quach Phong, from Sunday, Jul. 10 until Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum
Showcasing the remarkable work of a man who, as an artist, has witnessed major scenes of war and endured the struggle of a nation in its Communist cause — all of which he has drawn and painted —Sketching Vietnamese HistoryÂÂÂ will comprise of two paper scrolls, each between 50 and 70 meters long, with a gouache sketch of events, beginning with the legendary era of Hung Kings 4,000 years ago and running through to the early Le Trung Hung era in the 1500s. The exhibition will also include the first 12 lacquer panels that bring these scroll-sketches to life, alongside an extensive video interview with the artist sharing his motivations.
Sketching Vietnamese HistoryÂÂÂ is an ongoing labour of love, and when it’s completed it will depict the history of Vietnam from its origins through to the present day. Quach Phong is determined to produce these images in lacquer as a major piece of public art and a monument to Vietnam.
“The history of a nation is critical to shape its culture,” explains the artist. “If you don’t know your country’s history, you will fail to understand your country’s culture.”
The exhibition will be on view until Aug. 2. The Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum is at 97 Pho Duc Chinh, Q1, HCMC. For more information please email [email protected]