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XVI Italian Contemporary Art Day - Initiatives of the Italian Embassy in Vietnam



XVI Italian Contemporary Art Day - Initiatives of the Italian Embassy in Vietnam

On the occasion of the XVI edition of Italian Contemporary Art Day, the Embassy of Italy to Vietnam promoted the following initiatives:

“Italy through the lens of Vietnamese contemporary artists”

Given the impossibility to bring artists from Italy due to the current sanitary situation, the Embassy launched a competition among young Vietnamese artists on the theme "Italy through the lens of Vietnamese contemporary artists".

Participants were asked to produce a contemporary artwork (painting or sculpture) inspired by our country.

The initiative, realized together with the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Art Studies - VICAS, has the dual objective of promoting the image of Italian contemporary art in Vietnam and offering emerging Vietnamese artists the opportunity to present their works to an international audience.

There are 32 artists who have joined the competition.

The selection committee consists of 3 members: Dr. Anna Mattirolo (member of the Scientific Committee of the Farnesina Collection), Dr. Bui Quang Thang (for VICAS) and the First Secretary Paolo Epifani (as representative of the Embassy).

The first prize was awarded to "The Utopia Land", by the artist Nguyèn Xuân Lam.

The committee also considered two other works presented at the competition to be of particular value: "Tarantella Dance under the Moon", by the artist Phùng Văn Tuè, and "Quan Âm down the Mountain", by the artists Vè Đỗ & Quènh Chu.

The award-winning works will increase the artistic endowment of the Embassy of Italy in Vietnam.

All the participating works will also be presented to the public in an exhibition that will be held at Casa Italia from 8 to 11 December. The opening and award ceremony will take place on December 8th at 17:00.

The call and the documents of the competition can be consulted at the link:


"Garden of Unknowing"

From November 28th to December 6th, the first solo exhibition of the young Vietnamese painter Trinh Cam Nhi, graduated in 2019 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, is on display at Casa Italia.

More information at the link: