Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes.


Experts in 2016 examining a painting at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City said to be “Banana Garden” by Nguyen Sang. It was among 17 works the museum ultimately declared to be fraudulent.CreditQuinn Ryan Mattingly for The New York Times

nytimes_HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists.

But Nguyen Thanh Chuong, a prominent artist himself, was stunned by what he saw.

Hanging on the wall was a painting he recognized as his own, a Cubist-inspired portrait he did in the early 1970s.

But instead of his name, the canvas bore the signature of one of Vietnam’s best-known artists, Ta Ty, and the date 1952. “I could not believe my eyes,” he said. “It made my hair stand on end.”

Mr. Chuong’s discovery set off a scandal that has rocked the Vietnam art world and highlighted an embarrassing truth: The Vietnamese art market, where prices of prewar paintings have recently broken the million-dollar mark, is rife with fraud.

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In China, Trump Toilets Make Pooping Great Again

In China, Trump Toilets Make Pooping Great Again


What happens when the world’s classiest brand meets Chinese toilet makers with a flexible understanding of trademark law? You get Trump toilets — high-end flushing machines with self-changing seat protectors available in both green and blue.

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Từ vấn đề bản quyền: K+ không hề độc quyền giải Ngoại hạng Anh

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 VTN – Trong văn hóa Việt, có lẽ do thiếu khái niệm tương đương nên từ khi bắt đầu, hai khái niệm exclusivity (đặc quyền) và monopoly (độc quyền) thường không được phân biệt và bị sử dụng lẫn lộn. Dù vô tình hay cố ý, điều này cũng thường làm công chúng, đặc biệt là những người mê bóng đá Ngoại Hạng Anh, thấy “ghét” đặc quyền vì tội của độc quyền.