Throughout Vietnam there are museums, references, and memorials dedicated to the Vietnam War and the wars in Indochina. In the city of Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, we probably find best and most comprehensive museum dedicated to the Vietnam War.
The organisation Vietnamitas en Madrid has created a virtual tour to the Vietnam War Museum (War Remnants Museum) for all those who can not travel to Saigon, or for travellers who had no time to see the museum during their visit to the city.
The virtual visit to the Vietnam War Museum is composed of a collection of videos and photos to show the exterior exhibition areas, the exhibition halls and the 3 floors of the Museum of Saigon Guerra. The largest part of the museum are the exterior areas. In the grounds of the Museum are displayed machinery of war and heavy artillery that the Viet Cong captured from U.S. Army: aircraft, fighters, helicopters, tanks, bombs, anti-aircraft artillery, flamethrowers, etc.
The interior houses collections of propaganda posters, photographs and videos documenting the effects of Agent Orange, of which many are truly shocking. Also included are collections of guns, ammunition and landmines, battle scenes, gear and medals of American soldiers.
The museum stands as a reminder of the atrocities of the Vietnam War in particular, and of the inhumanity of any war.
To enter the virtual tour of the Vietnam War Museum, please visit the homepage of the Vietnamitas en Madrid organisation.
Exhibition: Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, 20 November 2013 – 20 March 2014
Buddhist paintings in Cambodia serve in rituals, for teaching, and as a means of making space sacred. The exhibit presents works on cloth and glass from the collection of Joel Montague that embody both the religious stories and doctrines of Cambodian Buddhism and the traditions of Cambodian culture.
A very detailed catalog of the exhibit compiled by Trent Walker, including images of the paintings, translations of painting inscriptions and accompanying Khmer liturgical material, and a short introductory essay, is freely available online.
A photo exhibition by John Ramsden, a British diplomat to Vietnam 1980-83, dedicated to Hanoi in the 1980s was on display for a couple of days last month in London. A selection of rare photographs showed everyday life in Hanoi when Vietnam was still very isolated from the Western world and only few foreigners had the opportunity to travel or work there. The exhibition is part of a bigger project that aims to digitise Ramsden’s over 1700 photographs and make them available to a wider audience. A small selection of photographs and more information about the project is available at http://www.hanoispiritofplace.com/ .
15 July 2013 – 16 March 2014 V&A Museum London, UK
A special display at the V&A Museum in London explores the rich traditions of silver in the Malay world. Intricate ornament drawn from geometry and nature decorates dining vessels, clothing accessories and ceremonial regalia.
Silver from the Malay World features rarely seen collections acquired by three prominent British colonial administrators, who were stationed in British Malaya at the turn of the 20th century. The display also shows unique Malay metalwork: electrotype copies of the Perak royal regalia commissioned by the Museum in 1887.
More information at: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/silver-from-the-malay-world/