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Contemporary artworks on view in Vietnam’s National Assembly building

Sunday, January 06, 2019, 18:15 GMT+7
Contemporary artworks on view in Vietnam’s National Assembly building
People watch an artwork in the basement parking lot of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The interior of the multimillion-dollar building for the Vietnamese legislative body’s national meetings in Hanoi has partially taken on a fresh look as it is now adorned with various contemporary artworks.

The large-size works by domestic visual artists are placed along the underground corridors and in the basement parking area of the National Assembly building in the capital’s Ba Dinh District, where bills are discussed and passed and foreign officials on diplomatic visits to Vietnam are welcomed.

They range from lacquer paintings, reliefs and photos to spray paintings and interactive installation artworks, whose movements have recently spread to the country.

Many of the wall-mounted works thematically hark back to old Vietnam, describe the mythology of the Vietnamese people’s origin and a tranquil corner of Hanoi cityscape.

An installation photography piece (upper) and an installation artwork with a mirror (lower) are seen on the corridor wall of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An installation photography piece (upper) and an installation artwork with a mirror (lower) are seen on the corridor wall of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An installation artwork is seen on the corridor wall of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An installation artwork is seen on the corridor wall of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The display of the artworks, scheduled to be open to the public in the foreseeable future, was selected as one of the ten most prominent artistic events nationwide in 2018.

It is also a candidate on the to-be-released national list of ten most notable events in culture, sports and tourism in Vietnam for last year.

The National Assembly building, 39 meters tall, covers 63,000 square meters, has five stories, two underground floors and 540 rooms.

The modernly-equipped structure cost nearly VND5.52 trillion (US$237 million) to construct.

It was designed by German architects and first came into use in late 2014 after a five-year construction period.

People take pictures of artworks along a corridor of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
People take pictures of artworks along a corridor of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A corridor decorated with artworks in Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A corridor decorated with artworks in Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An installation artwork is seen on the corridor wall of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An installation artwork is seen on the corridor wall of Vietnam’s National Assembly building in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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