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Cultural series: Talk . Hanoi’s charm: decorative architecture & wrought ironwork of former French buildings – FULL

September 20, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


THIS TALK/LECTURE IS FULL.   Please RSVP for the waiting list. Thanks

Art researcher Trần Hậu Yên Thế created the book “The old ironworks” which won the 7th Bui Xuan Phai-for the love of Hanoi award.   Join us for this presentation as Thế talks about his research over the past 15 years into buildings from times past that brought an everlasting charm to Hanoi’s streets.

His work covers the ancient ironworks of balconies, windows and doors and the decorative facades and reliefs of Hanoi’s grand former French buildings and old villas. The craftsmen were Vietnamese workers who had to very quickly learn western iron working techniques. The result – a panorama of building facades displaying French aesthetics and elegance.

He looks at the ornamental motifs on Hanoi’s beautiful wrought iron work and building facades crafted in the early 20th century. Rather than focusing on the minutia of every architectural detail, Thế’s presentation is from the point of view of the anthropology and humanity of the structures. He looks at their lives of the buildings, what their styles tell us about the changing society and history at the time, who the owners were and what the current lives of the buildings are now.  He will also share in some detail about his Phuc Tan wall of fame contribution (he is on the of the 16 artists).

Thế will speak in Vietnamese, artist Nguyễn Thế Sơn will translate into English – this is a joint talk as Sơn as also been instrumental in this research. The talk is supported by 2 short documentary films and powerpoint

Copies of Thế’s book “The old ironworks” will be available (in Vietnamese). The book has just been published in English – one can place advance orders.

Venue – AGOhub, 12 Hòa Mã street

200,000 vnd pp (same price for everyone as FVH has venue and speaker expenses to cover)

Allow 2 hours to 2.5 hours (depending of Q&A session)

Please RSVP to Stella



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September 20, 2020
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Stella Ciorra
01662 979 605