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The art of hat boi goes on show
Hoang Phong
Wednesday,  Feb 7, 2018,17:36 (GMT+7)

The art of hat boi goes on show

Hoang Phong

Dozens of paintings and sculptures depicting traditional plays of hat boi (traditional Vietnamese opera) are on display at the Garden Mall complex in District 5, HCMC, allowing visitors to take a closer look at the age-old art genre which was born in Vietnam in the 12th century.

The exhibition was originally a simple idea by a group of young people but has developed into a large project and lured more than 100 artists from different fields to reproduce hat boi with a contemporary touch through creative paintings. 

The project has received support from People’s Artist Dinh Bang Phi who has devoted all of his life to hat boi, and some famous artists such as Meritorious Artist Le Huu Danh, artist Huynh Kim Lien and fashion designer Le Si Hoang.

Phi told the Daily at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that the project is a great effort by many young dedicated artists who wish to revive the traditional art from which has fallen into oblivion over the past years and bring it closer to the public, especially the younger Vietnamese generation.

“I’m surprised and filled with joy as some young people still embrace a passion for hat boi. I believe the exhibition will bring a breath of fresh air to the traditional art genre,” he added.

Furthermore, some renowned traditional plays such as Ho Nguyet Co hoa cao (Ho Nguyet Co turns into fox) and San Hau (The reign) will be staged. 

Inspired by the art form of hat boi, a collection of ao dai (traditional Vietnamese long dress) by designer Le Si Hoang will be showcased at the exhibition.

The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 190 Hong Bang Street in District 5 and close on February 10.

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