vietnamese sculpture

Move.

This couple swept me off my feet along with them.

Dramatic sculptures dot Hanoi. Sharp Cubist angles of and sense of movement sweep through the monuments. The Soviets were masters of conveying movement. This was a cornerstone of socialist art – a sense of progress, motion, striding forward. The art of North Vietnam carried this torch. But isn’t the rust poetic irony?

The soldier and his flag bearing lady twirl in the courtyard of the War Museum in Hanoi. The museum takes visitors across the period from the 1930s to 1970s with the heaviest emphasis on what Americans call the Vietnam War and its predecessor that the French term la Guerre d’Indochine. It’s all a matter of perspective though, as the Vietnamese call these the American War and the French War.

hanoi army museum