A seminar exploring the history of Vietnamese decorative arts opened at the Guimet Museum of Asian Art in Paris on September 4, leading off a series of cultural events set to take place at museums and arts institutes throughout France.
Among the topics under discussion at the three-day seminar are the question of authenticity, the invisibility of the curator, and the notion of a period of style with a concentration on the visual arts of painting, sculpture, lacquer, ceramics, fashion design and archaeology.
At the opening ceremony, Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung expressed his pride in knowing Vietnamese arts are being introduced and showcased at such prominent cultural places as the French National Institute of Art History (INHA), Qui Branly Museum, and Guimet Museum.
Dung made special mention that this is the first time Vietnamese arts have been discussed comprehensively at a sophisticated seminar. It provided an opportune occasion for researchers to talk about the unique aspects of Vietnamese art, its connection to the social history of its people and measures to preserve and promote its value.
French Institute President Xavier Darcos, who is in charge of cultural exchange between Vietnam and France, said the cultural exchange meets with the French people's desire for sharing Vietnamese intellectual heritage and contributes to the success of the Vietnam Year in France.
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