French woodcut exhibition opens in Hanoi

(VOV) – An exhibition of 56 early 20th century woodcuts illustrating the lives of Vietnamese traders, craftsmen and farmers by late French artist Henri Oger is taking place in the Thang Long Royal Citadel.

These works portrait the images of various aspects of life of people living in Hanoi and adjacent areas.

They describe a family meal, cock fighting games, bird releasing, commodity trading, lotus flower picking, rice transplanting, as well as traditional customs of worshipping ancestors and welcoming the Lunar New Year festival.

Visitors can also see more than 70 objects, four videos and a range of articles on the same theme.

On show are exhibits on the techniques and materials for making conical hats, traditional paper and incense, as well as displays of household utensils and traditional musical instruments.

Dr. Philippe Le Failler from the French Institute of Oriental Studies said Henri Oger spent a year recording these images of the Vietnamese people, in whom he was particularly interested.

The exhibition aims to link Oger’s woodcuts to the daily life in the capital and its neighbouring craft villages today, he added.

The event, held jointly by the Centre for the Preservation of Thang Long ‘ Hanoi Cultural Heritage and the French Institute of Oriental Studies, marks Vietnam’s 67th National Day (September 2) and Hanoi’s 58th Liberation Day (October 10).