Exhibition honours pioneering Vietnamese artist hinh anh 1Artworks by Vu Dan Tan to be on show at the upcoming exhibition at Goethe Institute in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Goethe Institute will unveil Vu Dan Tan and The Music, a multi-media exhibition, starting on October 7 to mark the late artist’s 70 birth anniversary in Hanoi.

Vu Dan Tan and The Music celebrates the artist’s multi-facetted paintings, transformed objects, musical performance videos and sound installations.

Tan (1946-2009) was a pioneer of contemporary Vietnamese art. He was born in Hanoi and began painting while travelling through Russia and Cuba.

He opened the Natasha Salon in Hanoi in 1990, which was the first private gallery in Hanoi at that time. Tan worked in very small and very large dimensions, making use of an enormous variety of materials.

The exhibition is being co-hosted by the Goethe-Institute and the Vu Dan Tan Foundation, and it will be accompanied by an illustrated research catalogue. It is a rare chance to explore Tan’s love for music and how he connected music with his avant-garde visual art.

The exhibition presents artworks which refer to music and some that use musical elements. Most of these pieces have never been exhibited in Vietnam or any other country. Tan’s works are on one hand closely related to traditional Vietnamese culture, while on the other hand they also are informed by a significant part of contemporary Asian art which emerged in the 1970s.

The exhibition is curated by Lola Lenzi, an art historian and curator with a focus on South East Asian art. She is also a Vu Dan Tan expert. Lenzi has already curated a large number of institutional exhibitions in Europe and Asia engaging with regional, social, cultural and political systems.

As part of the exhibition, a 10-people ensemble, Hanoi-Berlin, will perform a concert on October 22 at 8pm. Among other songs, the musicians will play pieces developed specifically for this show, based on Tan’s compositional drafts. Admission to the concert is free.

The exhibition runs until October 28.-VNA