28 figurative Indian paintings are on display from 24 April to 1 May at the Vietnam Exhibition Center for Culture and Arts at No. 2 Hoa Lu Street, Hanoi. The works are prints of original canvases.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Kalpana – Contemporary Indian Figurative Paintings’ features the works of 14 best painters of India who dominate the art scene both domestically and internationally. Figurative art refers to artworks which are clearly derived from real object sources. This art form is widely celebrated in India, whether in sculptures, on temple walls, paintings or murals.
Visitors to the exhibition will take delight in works by the eminent painter Amrita Shergil, known for nude paintings and India’s countryside works. Maqbool Fida Hussain, widely regarded as the ‘Picasso of India with paintings inspired from Indian epic poems and Francis Newton Souza, celebrated for his expressionistic style that sought to illustrate both low-life and high energy, also have their works on display.
The large-scale cultural event is part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 5th anniversary of the establishment of strategic partnership between Vietnam and India. In addition to this exhibition, other activities are also set for the celebration. In May, a naval ship will arrive at Hai Phong with an Indian artistic troupe to perform traditional dances and songs. In June, the central city of Da Nang will host an important seminar on preserving Cham cultural heritage with the assistance of India.