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'Focus on Vietnam' Depicts Life During French Colonization

From 14 March 2014 to 29 June 2014

Images from the early to mid-20th century

The Cernuschi Museum presents the exhibit 'Focus on Vietnam,' which brings together over 100 photographs, as well as engravings and testimonies, collected by the French School of the Far East (Ecole Française d'Etrême-Orient). During the French colonial period in Vietnam, these personages witnessed the daily life in the country from an outsider perspective.


The exhibit runs from March 14 until June 29, 2014, and it commemorates the 'French-Vietnam' year that is currently being celebrated in 2014.  For more than 50 years, the French School of the Far East sought to do archeological and philological work from its base in Hanoi. Its mission was to make known the history, monuments and culture of the Indochinese region.


Thanks to its researchers, the school collected thousands of engravings, watercolors from Vietnamese artists and photographs of Vietnam from 1933 to 1959. It is from these resources that pieces have been chosen for the exhibit at the Cernuschi Museum.

Subjects include the inhabitants of the country, their daily routines and a variety of monuments that existed there at thetime. Some of these monuments have since been destroyed, making the photographs at the 'Focus on Vietnam' exhibition even more extraordinary.