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Art exhibition recalls memories of Vietnam’s iconic wartime trail

Saturday, May 04, 2019, 14:05 GMT+7
Art exhibition recalls memories of Vietnam’s iconic wartime trail
An oil painting depicting Vietnamese soldier seeking for way out in mountain ranges in wartime by Thanh Chau

More than 200 works of different art forms related to the Ho Chi Minh City Trail during the American war in Vietnam are being displayed at a month-long exhibition in Hanoi.

The event kicked off on April 24 and runs until May 26 at the Vincom Center for Contemporary Art in Hanoi, marking the 60th anniversary of the logistics line, also known as Truong Son Trail, a strategic supply route for Vietnamese army to deliver troops and food across from north to south during wartime.

Truong Son Trail, which was mentioned in many forms of art from music, novels to poetry and artworks, is not only the symbol of Vietnam’s solidarity and determination to fight for its freedom but it is also the proof of the long-lasting friendship between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The ongoing “Memories of Truong Son Trail” exhibition showcases over 200 paintings, sketches and videos depicting memories of soldiers on the legendary trail in a 16-year period starting 1960 by Vietnamese artists including Dao Duc, Hoang Dinh Tai, and Chu Thao. Some of the works were even made right on the route during that time.

Most works on displayed were created from such basic materials as pencils, coal and water color to precisely reflect the real daily life of Vietnamese soldiers in the harsh war.

Sketchbooks of wartime has been one of the most prestigious forms of art in Vietnam since they are both artistic and educational, which remind young generations of their forefathers’ devotion to Vietnam’s independence today.

A painting of Vietnamese soldiers having a rest in a small tent in wartime by Chu Thao
A painting of Vietnamese soldiers having a rest in a small tent in wartime by Chu Thao
A painting portraying a man sitting on a boat prow in wartime by Huy Oanh
A painting portraying a man sitting on a boat prow in wartime by Huy Oanh
A sketch depicting Vietnamese soldiers using guns to defeat enemies in wartime by Hoang Dinh Tai
A sketch depicting Vietnamese soldiers using guns to defeat enemies in wartime by Hoang Dinh Tai
An art work portraying Vietnamese women doing daily chores in wartime by Dao Duc
An art work portraying Vietnamese women doing daily chores in wartime by Dao Duc
A painting portraying a Vietnamese soldier writing his journal in wartime by Nguyen Duc Du
A painting portraying a Vietnamese soldier writing his journal in wartime by Nguyen Duc Du
An art work depicting a Vietnamese soldier holding a gun in wartime by Pham Luc
An art work depicting a Vietnamese soldier holding a gun in wartime by Pham Luc
A sketch depicting a Vietnamese woman doing the job of guiding soldiers to avoid enemies in wartime by Le Tri Dung
A sketch depicting a Vietnamese woman doing the job of guiding soldiers to avoid enemies in wartime by Le Tri Dung

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