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3.–7. 10. 2011

On Tuesday 4th October, in the exhibition spaces of the European Parliament of Brussels (Zone G - Balcony – 3rd floor – ASP building) at 12.30 AM was inaugurated the exhibition “VIETNAM: the posters”, organized and produced by the Eleutheria foundation in the collaboration with the Chief constable in the European Parliament, as well as the member of the Presidents’ Office Jiří Maštálka and with the patronage of Vietnam Embassy in Bruxelles.

The exposition aims to overview, through around 50 manifests, the entire artistic period related to the propagandistic production in Vietnam from the ’60s until the ’90s and to the artistic production of those who were called to contribute to the realization of the revolutionary project.

The exhibition itinerary, curated by the architect Ottaviano Maria Razetto, presents the works of art within an extremely rigid frame that tunes itself with the architecture of the exposition spaces. The manifests on show are organized in the strictly chronological order that enables the distinction between two clearly outlined productive phases in the evolution of the manifest of Vietnam propaganda.

The first section-the one that dates from the first ’60s up to 1975-is totally devoted to the battle for the unification of the country and to the war with the USA it originated. This first period that extends itself until the end of the’70s-the last war, the one with Cambodia of Pol Pot, terminates only in the 1978-rappresents the country dismembered by war but nevertheless full of hope for Vietnam united and independent.

Around the end of the ’70s the manifest continues to represent an important mean of expression. The country has finally reached its reunification following more than twenty years of wars, but it had come out of it exhausted and with problems of the nation to be reconstructed. The manifest - to which is dedicated the second part of the exhibition - that originally sang praises of sentiments of the whole nation now attributes to the communist party the leadership within the Vietnamese society. The challenges to face are different: not the army of the invader, but the modernization.

The catalogue, edited by the Eleutheria Foundation in the collaboration with the National Gallery in Prague, written in English, Czech and Italian includes the introductory text by the Foundation’s President Francesco Augusto Razetto. Among the authors we can find Prof. Tomáš Vlček, the director of the National Gallery in Prague, and Prof. Vittorio Sgarbi, italian art critic and commissioner of Venice, as well as curator of numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. The monograph is enriched among all by color reproductions of all the art works exhibited as well bibliographical repertory.

The exhibition will be open from 3rd October and will remain open until 7th October 2011.