As many as 42 lacquer paintings by 14 Vietnamese artists are being showcased in an exhibition at the Ganaisa Art Centre in the capital city of the Republic of Korea (RoK) from July 15 to 20.

The exhibition, featuring 12 works of traditional style, and 30 of modern style, aims to bring the beauty of the landscapes and people of Vietnam closer to Korean and international viewers.

It also introduces the procedure of making a Vietnamese lacquer painting, from processing materials, lay-outs, colouring, to finishing touches.

Addressing the opening ceremony on July 16, Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi highlighted the role of Vietnamese artists in promoting cultural exchanges with other nations.

He expressed hope that the show will help better connect Vietnamese culture and people with international friends.

The exhibition attracted thousands of visitors during the first three days.

Jang Je Woo, a local viewer said he was impressed by the complicated process of making a Vietnamese lacquer painting, and expressed his hope that more similar events will be held in his country in the future.

The Ganaisa art centre is the venue for exhibitions of many famous names of worldwide contemporary art such as Antoni Tapies, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Lacquer is a special type of material extracted from lacquer tree. The use of lacquer began in Vietnam in the ancient time. It is often used in making furniture, worshiping items and crafts.-VNA