The First Bát Tràng Museum by national artist vũ thắng
The First Bát Tràng Museum by
national artist vũ thắng


The Embassy of Italy in Hanoi and the Bat Trang Museum are delighted to present

the exhibition “Substance – The inspiring Vietnamese and Italian women”. The exhibition is part of the activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Vietnam.

“Substance” features the work of renowned Vietnamese make-up artist PSI. After many years in the make-up profession, for the first time PSI explores multimedia art and creates an original tribute to the beauty and value of women.

In doing so, she drew inspiration from the famous Venetian masks, elaborated with traditional techniques and handcrafted with plaster, leather and papier-mâché. By “turning human beings into artworks”, PSI creates a unique and profound combination between contemporary art and Italian cultural heritage.

Casa Italia (18 Le Phung Hieu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi)
from Saturday 22 April 22 until Sunday May 7, 2023
opening hours: 09:00-20:00 daily
free entrance

The exhibition brings together 21 outstanding women from different professions, each of them representing generations of Vietnamese and Italian women living in Hanoi who have made significant contributions to the society.

The artworks displayed in “Substance” are created through life-casting, a common technique in the movie industry. Twenty-one characters become artworks made of different materials, representing the inherently diversity of “substance” with a contemporary touch.

The audience will discover the inspiring stories of these characters through artworks, photos and documentaries displayed physically in the venue and digitally on the exhibition’s official website:

“Substance” is organized and curated by the Bat Trang Museum together with sgnhA architecture and interior design office. The space, composed of different layers made of fabric, mirror and stainless steel, will provide a special experience for art lovers.

“Substance” has received great support from sponsors, such as  Hanoia, Origin Movement, Origin Studio, Le Lai photography, Cabe Studio, VTT Creative, Jenny K Tran, Ori Lighting, Hoa Tháng Hai. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Embassy of Italy
Ms. Nguyen Lien
Tel. +84 24 38256256

Bat Trang Museum
Mr. Vu Khanh Tung
Tel. +84 966 363 893

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