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Vietnamese emperor in exile works of art exhibited in France (Photo: VNA)

Paris (VNA) – An exhibition of 150 works of art and objects of Vietnamese King Ham Nghi (1870-1947) takes place at the Museum of Asian Arts in Nice, France.

The pieces were collected in nearly 10 years by Amandine Dabat, a 5th generation descendant of the king, who did a doctoral thesis on the artistic career of King Ham Nghi and is also the author of the book “Ham Nghi – Emperor in exile, artist in Algiers” (Ham Nghi – Emperor in exile, artist in Algeria) published in 2019 in France.

This is the first exhibition on King Ham Nghi since his death. The last exhibition organized by the emperor dates back to 1926.

The current exhibition aims to present to the public, both French and Vietnamese, a fairly complete look at the life of the exiled patriotic king with the soul of an artist and sculptor, whose masters were famous French artists.

Adrien Bossard, curator of the Museum of Asian Arts in Nice, said the exhibition is a unique event because King Ham Nghi is an Asian, but he followed European Impressionist art and developed his career in Africa.

He said the exhibition not only gives the public a new and interesting view of Asia, but also highlights the historical significance because the exhibits speak of a royal lineage figure in Vietnam who was related to the Indochina War and the French colonial period in the Southeast. Asian country.

The exhibition has so far attracted 8,000 visitors, and it is hoped to welcome 25,000 by the end of June.

King Ham Nghi, whose real name is Nguyen Phuc Ung Lich, was the 8th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty but only reigned for one year (1884 – 1885).

While the emperor was popular as an exiled anti-French emperor in Algeria, he was also a little-known painter who held exposures in Paris.

His works are diverse, from oil paintings and pastels to sculptures in bronze, plaster and wood. Using his innate ability, he quickly learned and absorbed the skills taught by the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)./.

Christopher S. Washington