Explore the Art of Hanoi - Dao Anh Khanh

 

By passing the original techniques down from one generation to the next they are ensuring that this unique tradition continues

Drive to the small village of Dong Ho, famous for an age-old form of woodblock printing that dates back to the 11th century. Traditionally, Dong Ho painting was an essential part of the Tet holiday when everyone would take part in creating these colourful artworks. Several families in Dong Ho village have dedicated themselves to the preservation of this exquisite art form. By passing the original techniques down from one generation to the next they are ensuring that this unique tradition continues for many more years.

On the way back to Hanoi, stop for a visit at the studio of surrealist artist, Dao Anh Khanh. This contemporary and controversial artist is well known within Asia for breaking away from the traditional constraints. His enormous studio features a giant Thai-style wooden house filled with sculptures and paintings. Hidden within the jungle-like garden are several tree houses, a sculpture waterfall, a stream, and even a prison dungeon. Meet this larger than life person in his unusual surroundings, and enjoy some tea while relaxing in the garden and admiring the artworks.