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The Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition and Book presentation: Champa Architecture – Temple-Towers in Central Vietnam

The exhibition was co-organized by the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and the Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy) with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Vietnam and the Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City. It opened to public view on 3rd June, 2017.

Beginning in 2009, within the scope of “Executive Program for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Italian Republic and the Social Republic of Vietnam”, a project aimed at the conservation of the architectural heritage of Central Vietnam has been carried out by experts from the Polytechnic University ofMarche and the University of Hue. North of the Hai Van Pass, the researchers conducted a survey of the Vo Thanh site of Thua Thien-Hue province, as well as the conservation and restoration of the Old Citadel of Quang Tri province. To the South of the Hai Van Pass, the project researched the architecture of Champa using state of the art methodology. The Italian experts and their Vietnamese colleagues applied laser scanning and three –dimensional photography techniques to acquire data on the current state of Cham temple-towers. Some of the results are being presented to the public on the 46 panels currently on display in a special exhibition at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture.

This project provides not only data for the safe guarding and conservation of these relics, it also intends to give helpful information to visitors and researchers who wish to study Cham culture, in particular those interested in the relationship between architecture and sculpture. Wishing to give the results of the project a more general and practical significance, Professor Fausto Pugnaloni has supported the idea of creating a Resource Center in the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. This center will provide interdisciplinary data to researchers and the public, contributing to both heritage conservation and tourism promotion.

This event was held as the museum is finishing its renovation after 100 years of service, and it is believed that the Resource Center will be an important contribution to the present and future development of the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture.

The exhibition will run from 3rd June to 3rd September, 2017.

Images taken from the event

Opening speech by Mr Vo Van Thang, Director of the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture

Professor Fausto Pugnaloni (on the right) presenting the book to the Museum’s representative

Speech by Mr Dang Viet Dung, Vice Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee

Speech by H.E. Ms Cecilia Piccioni, Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam

Guests viewing the exhibition

By: Hòa Bình

Photos credit to: Hòa Bình, Nguyễn Bảy