Almost 100-year-old paintings are on show in the section on traditional paintings. They feature traditional images like chickens, herds of pigs, chubby babies, national heroes or legendary figures, showing the wishes for longevity, happiness, prosperity and success.

The exhibition also zones a section for paintings that were recently recovered or created by contemporary artisans. Aside from typical images of the Dong Ho genre, they also reflect the Vietnamese society under the rule of French colonialists and at present.

Visitors can also watch and experience the painting making process.

Nguyen Van Phong, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Bac Ninh province - home to the folk painting genre, said the display is part of a series of activities to build a dossier seeking UNESCO’s recognition of the making of Dong Ho folk paintings as intangible cultural heritage.

The exhibition will run at Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum through January 31st, 2020.

Following are photos about the exhibition:

Visitors to the exhibition 
Dong Ho paintings introduced at the exhibition

Dong Ho painting making (Source:

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