An exhibition of lacquer paintings by 14 Vietnamese artists will be held in Ganaisa Art Centre, Seoul, Republic of Korea (RoK) from July 15 to 20.

The event, co-organized by Hanoi’s Art Tunnel Gallery and the RoK’s Hansea Vietnam and sponsored by HansaeYes24 Foundation and Hansae Fashion Worldwide group, is expected to boost cultural exchange between the two countries, and promote Vietnam’s culture to RoK and international friends.

Named “Mot thoang son mai Vietnam” ( Vietnamese lacquer at a glance), the event will introduce 42 art works .

The RoK’s art centre was established in 1983, and from 1991 till now it has become the venue for exhibitions of many famous names of worldwide contemporary art such as Antoni Tapies, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Due to difficulties in transportation and storage as well as lack of information, Vietnamese lacquer is still not widely known and properly appreciated abroad.

General Director of Art Tunnel Gallery Nguyen Truong Son said it is the first exhibition of Vietnamese lacquer paintings in the RoK. The country’s art works have been displayed in the UK and Italy. 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