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Unique mask exhibition celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

by VTV News (Photo: Trong Oanh)21 September 2015 Last updated at 12:00 PM

VTV.vn - On September 19th, a unique exhibition named “Face” was launched in Hanoi as part of the art project “Re-creating Vietnamese masks for Mid-Autumn Festival”.

The focus of the "Face" exhibition is the 28 papier mache masks created by 7 famous painters. This kind of traditional Vietnamese mask has been recreated thanks to the artists’ creativity.

Tran Gia Tung, Painter said: Papier mache masks are a part of traditional culture. By creating masks with modern styles, we are trying to bring them closer to the public. This is also a way to promote the diversity of traditional Vietnamese culture.

Traditional culture is even promoted by a new way of creating masks: painting directly on people’s faces. Exhibition-goers are free to choose any pattern they want on their faces. Thus, a variety of new masks are created.

Pham Uyen Nhu, Exhibition goer said: I like being painted like this. I want to attend more exhibitions like this.

The exhibition organisers said the proceeds from selling the pieces will be donated to a charity program to build a school and library for students at the Suối Bau Primary School, in Phù Yên District of Sơn La Province. All 28 masks were sold out on the opening day and the painters are ready to create new masks on demand.

The exhibition “Face” will be held at 24 Lý Quốc Sư St. in Hanoi till October 10th. Similar exhibitions will also be held each Mid-Autumn in coming years.

Some photos of mask exhibition

 

 

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