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The history of art in Vietnam is dating back to the Stone Age there is some pottery artefacts 8000BCE progressing into more artistic works later on. Through the bronze age castings of bronze became popular they decorated their drums pots and other thing made from bronze with pictures of scenes of everyday life such as farming, warriors donning feather headdresses, construction of ships, musicians, etc. During the Bronze Age many of the Vietnamese people weaved cloth into works of art. During the period of ten centuries while china was in control of Vietnam the Vietnamese adopted many Chinese art making techniques such as ceramics and other things.
From the Ngo to Tran Dynasty ceramics flourished including 3 colour ceramics. In the 11th century ceramics was the main deal for Vietnam with their art going all across Asia. These days silk painting is one of Vietnams most favored forms of art making, the Vietnamese silk paintings where influenced by the French in the 19th and 20th century so that they differ from the Japanese and Chinese silk screens. Wood block prints are also popular these are when you carve out the picture you want onto a block of wood then cover it in ink and then press it to paper is cloth or anything you want. In Vietnam there is many traditional dances and music that they have had for many centuries. Many Vietnamese painting and art now incorporates the war that happened from 1959-1975. Many of the artworks are the Vietnamese architecture itself the old and beautiful buildings that span across the whole of the country, the building have so much history in them that they have become works of art in their splendid view.
Throughout the Vietnam War (1964-75), Western media provided a constant stream of war images. Yet few in the West were aware that the opposing side produced its own photographic account of the war.
Official news agencies of the North Vietnamese government and Viet Cong in the south dispatched more than a hundred photographers to thoroughly document their revolution. Other photographers worked for domestic publications or for themselves. All risked their lives to detail the battles and the daily lives of their fellow citizens, in an effort to help win the war.
Based on a book of the same name, this is the first exhibition to bring the work of these forgotten and largely unpublished photographers to light. The images were gathered by Doug Niven, a U.S. photo researcher, from more than 30 Vietnamese photographers and their families, as well as three government archives. These pictures tell the story of another Vietnam, one very different from the one we thought we knew.
Some famous artists that painted the land scape are:
By Archie Munro & Paltridge
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