Hanoi Times - Hanoi still preserves many works of arts that testify to the talent of our ancestors in the domain of plastic arts.
The capital had the Hang Non Street and Hang Trong street schools, famous for their paintings in various vivid colours. In sculpture, Hanoi has bas-reliefs, statues of human figures, figures of sacred animals and objects, and engravings on cult objects - in many pagodas and temples.
In 1924, the French administration founded the Indochina College of Fine Arts, which until 1945, conducted 15 courses and graduating about 200 artists in painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Many of these artists won fame and had their works displayed on many occasions in Hanoi and abroad. They also created new forms of art, specifically lacquer and silk painting.
After 1954, the College of Fine Arts was further upgraded and developed, and the Industrial Arts College was founded. The year 1966 saw the establishment of Fine Arts Museum which displays Vietnamese works of arts, old and new, and conducts research on the national plastic art. At present, exhibition halls in Ngoc Quyen, Hang Bai, and Trang Thi streets are on permanent display and attract a great number of visitors.
Also found in various streets of the city are private art collections of unexpectedly great beauty.