The exhibition’s opening ceremony took place on October 10 with Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga alongside more than 400 historic scholars, anti-war activists and veterans in attendance.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Nga said she believes the exhibition will give people a better understanding of the value of peace.
This event will provide visitors a closer look at history, enhancing mutual understanding between people of Vietnam and the US, Nga stated.
Vietnam and the US established a comprehensive partnership four decades after the war ended, she stressed, adding that the robust development of bilateral relations largely owes to the two countries’ efforts to leave the past behind, overcome disagreements and look to the future.
More than 300 artifacts, photographs, artworks, documents, films, and interactive digital media on display at the exhibition convey the story of the war since the end of the World War II.
The items include a lacquer graving named “Spring in Tay Nguyen”, created by northern Vietnamese painter Tran Huu Chat in 1962. The 84-year-old artist made an exact reproduction for the exhibition.
It is the first time the New-York Historical Society has held an exhibition on the Vietnam War and it took the museum three years to collect exhibited materials, according to the museum’s CEO Louise Mirrer