The Embassy of Italy in Hanoi and the Hon Dat Viet Bat Trang Art Museum (Bat Trang Museum) are delighted to present the art exhibition “The Bát Tràng Ceramic Boots. An Inspiration from Italy”.
The exhibition will take place at Casa Italia (18 Le Phung Hieu, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi) from April 10 until May 3, 2022 (opening hours: 9:00-20:00 daily. Free entrance).
On this special occasion, the full collection of 12 ceramic boots created by the late People’s Artisan Vu Thang, will be shown to the public for the first time (a partial showcase took place in the Dep Fashion Show in 2011). An invaluable legacy of contemporary Vietnamese art inspired by Italian fashion.
The powerful creativity, unique skills and delicate ceramic techniques of Artisan Vu Thang, one of only two People’s Artists of Bat Trang ceramic village, are exquisitely represented through the image of the boot embroiled with Vietnamese traditional motifs.
Talented craftsmanship from a 700-year-old Vietnamese village and the unique taste for beauty and style of Italy, the “boot-shaped country”, have much in common in spite of their geographical distance: they are both expressions of people’s creativity and skillfulness and are deeply connected to each country’s traditions and cultural heritage.
The exhibition therefore builds an artistic bridge between Vietnam and Italy: classical Vietnamese elements, such as ceramic motifs and enamel colors, blend with Italian elegance and style, thus making every ceramic work an extraordinary piece of art.
The Bat Trang Museum was established thanks to the enthusiasm and efforts of Artisan Vu Thang after nearly 50 years of work with pottery. Licensed by the Hanoi People’s Committee in early 2016, it is managed by the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports.
On this occasion, the Museum will launch the website battrang.museum, a digital information platform about contemporary ceramic art in Vietnam in general, and Bat Trang traditional ceramic village, in particular. The website is developed by M-N Associates, an international award-winning branding & creative design agency.
The exhibition space is designed by sgnhA, the interior and architectural design office author of major art projects in HCMC & Hanoi, and Ori Lighting crew. The setting represents the Bat Trang pottery kiln and the leaning tower of Pisa: a very special experience for art-lovers and a charming cross-over between Viet Nam and Italy!
Casa Italia is a space for initiatives in the fields of culture, economy, trade and bilateral relations Italy-Viet Nam. It is managed by the Embassy of Italy in Hanoi. Casa Italia is available for activities related to Italian culture and is proud to host this beautiful exhibition.
“The Bát Tràng Ceramic Boots. An Inspiration from Italy” exhibition is done with the sponsorship of Vingroup Innovation Foundation (VINIF) under the program for the preservation of historical and cultural values. It has also received great support from other sponsors, such as InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort, Leapart Handmade Embroidery Shop, Ziczac Architecture Joint Stock Company, Ori Lighting, M-N associates, sgnhA.
For media inquiries, please contact:
For the Embassy of Italy: Ms. Nguyen Lien: email@example.com / Tel. +84 24 38256256
For the Bat Trang Museum: Mr. Tung Vu: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel. +84 966363893.