Works of creativity like arts have always been in the spotlight for human attention. And all over the world, where there were signs of human life, of a civilization, creative works have always been following them, and when we find them, art is within some of the top things that people care for. So, everywhere from the Americas, Europe, Asia, China, India, even the small country of Vietnam has its own vortex that sucks people in with its own styles of art.
And when it comes to arts that are new, that are hundreds or even thousands of years old, preserving them has and will always be one of the most pressing issues, with showing them to the public being the second most important. So places like the Fine Arts Museum of Vietnam is the destination for all those who want to observe gorgeous pieces of arts. The museum is currently located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi. The famous destinations for art lovers or just people who appreciate art have another spacious department Hoang Cau – O Cho Dua ward, Ha Noi, with all kinds of modernized techs that for restoration and preservation of arts, it also serves as an option to hold scientific conferences.
The museum was originally built within the period of Vietnam being French’s colony. It was a dormitory built by a financial group which belongs to the Christian Church, the group was called “Janne D’Art family”, the group planned to use the building as a living space for daughters from France’s officials all over of Dong Duong to come and study in Hanoi. After 1945, the building was used for various different purposes. It was not until 1962 that the government handed it over to the Cultural Department to convert it to a museum, after the conversion, however, a lot of the original European architecture was changed to Vietnamese architecture which fits much better for its current use, to now, it has also received a work on which expands the area available for displays.
The items that the museum set up for display or is within the museum’s inventory is sorted in a particular system, which sorts them in the progression of time (dates, years), materials and types of the typical values of different kinds of arts, folk arts, applicative arts, modern arts and so on in order to bring to the viewers the picture of the progression of Vietnamese arts throughout the ages that they can easily draw with their understanding and imaginations. The museum divides its areas of the display into two separate categories, one being used as fixed arts (they are always there for the public to view) and the other being used for special occasions that displays unique pieces of arts that are usually exclusively for such occasions which you can see even international pieces of arts.
The Fine Arts Museum currently in possession of approximately twenty thousand pieces of arts and artifacts, with 2000 of them are currently being on fixed displays that falls within the following categories: arts from the prehistoric era, arts from the 11th to the 19th centuries, arts from the 20th centuries to now, folk arts, traditional arts and pottery works excavated from 5 different sunken ships from earlier eras and timelines. Throughout 30 rooms and 3 stories, visitors will be greeted and drawn into the vast amounts of various priceless artifacts, made by the hands of extraordinary minds that are filled with the beautiful magic of human imagination. You can find all sorts of beauty here, from small things like the artistry lines of decorations on normal and traditional clothing, artifacts that are made from things like bamboo that are very delicate are even simple folk drawings of familiar animals like pigs and chickens that are surprisingly simple and yet unique, being unlike anything anywhere else by Dong Ho or statues and sculpture of bronze, stone wood, etc. All hold their own meaning and national spiritual values. Aside from the fixed artifacts that visitors can usually see when they visit, the museum also holds over 6000 pieces of paintings, over 1000 sculptures, over 2000 traditional arts, over 6000 pieces of priceless and irreplaceable pottery and over 400 pieces of arts from other countries.
Aside from housing, display, restoration and preservation, the Fine Arts Museum also creates some truly special events, for example, an even that is happening right now, (exact duration is from May 21st, 2011 to September 21st, 2032) with the name of “Children’s space for enlightenment”, it is a project that aims to further improve the aesthetic education of the local populace, of all ages, but especially prioritize children from the ages of 5 to 15. Aside from this, they also periodically holds smaller events that can surely please and even intrigue art-loving tourists from anywhere on the globe.