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Exhibition “Substance. The inspiring Vietnamese and Italian women”.

The Embassy of Italy in Hanoi and the Bat Trang Museum are delighted to present the exhibition “Substance – The inspiring Vietnamese and Italian women”.

The exhibition is part of the activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Vietnam. It will take place at Casa Italia (18 Le Phung Hieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi) from Saturday 22 April until Sunday 7 May 2023 (opening hours: 09:00-20:00 daily. Free entrance).

“Substance” features the work of renowned Vietnamese make-up artist PSI. After many years in the make-up profession, for the first time PSI explores multimedia art and creates an original tribute to the beauty and value of women.

In doing so, she drew inspiration from the famous Venetian masks, elaborated with traditional techniques and handcrafted with plaster, leather and papier-mâché. By “turning human beings into artworks”, PSI creates a unique and profound combination between contemporary art and Italian cultural heritage.

The exhibition brings together 21 outstanding women from different professions, each of them representing generations of Vietnamese and Italian women leaving in Hanoi who have made significant contributions to the society.

The artworks displayed in “Substance” are created through life-casting, a common technique in the movie industry. Twenty-one characters become artworks made of different materials, representing the inherently diversity of “substance” with a contemporary touch.

The audience will discover the inspiring stories of these characters through artworks, photos and documentaries displayed physically in the venue and digitally on the exhibition’s official website:

“Substance” is organized and curated by the Bat Trang Museum together with sgnhA architecture and interior design office. The space, composed of different layers made of fabric, mirror and stainless steel, will provide a special experience for art lovers.


For media inquiries, please contact:

– Embassy of Italy: Ms. Nguyen Lien: / Tel. +84 24 38256256

– Bat Trang Museum: Mr. Vu Khanh Tung: / Tel. +84 966 363 893