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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera feared drowned as search resumes at US lake

Rivera starred for six seasons in Glee, the wildly popular musical television series set in a US high school that ended in 2015. — Photo Naya Rivera Facebook

LOS ANGELES — Glee star Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned at a California lake, where divers, patrol boats and helicopters resumed their search for the US actress on Thursday.

The operation to locate the 33-year-old – a “possible drowning victim” – began at first light at Lake Piru, around an hour’s drive northwest of Los Angeles.

Rivera, best known for her role as high school cheerleader Santana Lopez in Glee, disappeared Wednesday after renting a boat at the camping and recreational hotspot with her four-year-old son.

The child was found around three hours later by another person out on the lake “asleep and with his life vest on,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Buschow said.

“We believe she did go in the lake,” he told a press conference.

The lake has been closed to the public while the search continues, with dive teams from across the region arriving to assist. More than 80 personnel were involved in the operation.

Rivera starred for six seasons in Glee, the wildly popular musical television series set in a US high school that ended in 2015.

She more recently appeared in Devious Maids, and web series Step Up: High Water.

Rivera had put up a photo of her and her son on Twitter on Tuesday, alongside the phrase: “Just the two of us.”

Thousands have left comments below the post, many offering their prayers.

Rivera and the boy’s father, actor Ryan Dorsey, divorced in 2018.

The Glee cast has been struck by tragedy before.

Actor Mark Salling took his own life in 2018, weeks before being sentenced for possession of child pornography.

Canadian castmate Cory Monteith died in July 2013 of an overdose of drugs and alcohol. — AFP



Vietnamese painting sold at nearly $1 million in France

‘Hoi Dinh Chem,’ a lacquer painting by Vietnamese painter Nguyen Van Ty, has been sold for nearly US$1 million at an auction in France, marking a record price for a Vietnamese artwork in Europe.

The painting was the star of the auction titled Indochine, mythes et réalités (Indochina, Myths, and Realities) held by French auction house Drouot in Paris on Tuesday.

The winning price of the lacquer painting was 832,000 euros ($974,000).

This is the record price for artworks of Ty and also the record for a Vietnamese painting at a public auction house in Europe.

Notably, there is another version of ‘Hoi Dinh Chem,’ whose name is translated as ‘Chem Temple Festival,’ being displayed at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, with three panels compared to the full original set of five. The two remaining pieces have been missing for decades.

According to a statement of Drouot, known as the most prestigious auction house in France, the lacquer painting put up for bidding was the third version of the painting, the only with full five pieces created in 1942.

The painting was bought at an annual exhibition of the Indochina Fine Arts College by a French surgeon who worked for a hospital in Hai Phong City, located in northern Vietnam, during the colonial era.

The work had been kept in the surgeon’s house in Paris until it was put up for the public auction.

According to Drouot, the painting being exhibited at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum is the second version, which was painted in 1940. The first version has only one panel left.

Indochina fine arts researcher Ngo Kim Khoi found it difficult to verify its authenticity as he has yet to see it in person.

However, he cast doubt on the work as it seems to be new, especially when it comes to the details of faces, leaves, and ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese long dress), compared to its birth year of 1942.

However, as the price is too high, the bidder must have been well advised before making a decision, Khoi said.

Researcher Nguyen Hai Yen, who has worked for many years at the Vietnamese Institute of Fine Arts and then Vietnamese National Fine Arts Museum, told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that she was a member in a team that purchased the work from a family in Hanoi.

Yen met and discussed with Ty, who assured that the painting displayed at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum was his original one. “He said that he painted only one painting,” said Yen.

However, it is possible that the artist made more versions during the creation process, she said.

However, Yen did not rule out the possibility the painting is a fake one with a bogus profile.

There are works by other Vietnamese artists put up at the auction, such as those of Le Thi Luu and Le Van Xuong, and some Vietnamese antiquities.

Nguyen Van Ty (1917-1992) was a famous Vietnamese painter who studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine (the Indochina College of Fine Arts) during the 1934-1941 period.

In 2001, he was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize for his contribution to the arts.

Many of Ty’s artworks have been displayed at the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum.

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Vietnamese literary classic depicted on French postage stamp

Painting inspired by Nguyen Du’s epic poem, “The Tale of Kieu”, has been included on French postage stamps as part of a commemorative exhibit in Paris.

“Cung Dan Bac Menh” (Ill-fated Melody) by painter Ngoc Mai appears on French “green letter” stamps. These are commonly used for non-urgent letters of less than 20 grams.

Ngoc Mai and Cung Dan Bac Menh painting. Photo by VnExpress/Thoai Ha.

Ngoc Mai with “Cung Dan Bac Menh”. Photo by VnExpress/Thoai Ha.

The postage stamps are introduced at the “The Tale of Kieu and Its Translations” exhibition in Paris, as part of activities marking the great poet Nguyen Du’s 255th birthday and commemorating his 200th death anniversary.

Throughout the years, Nguyen Du’s masterpiece has been translated into different languages and is considered to belong to the world literary canon, like the works of Cervantes, Chekhov, Shakespeare and Goethe.

The 3,254-line poem has also been adapted to various art forms by Vietnamese living in Vietnam, as well as foreign artists and overseas Vietnamese abroad.

The exhibition from September 12-26 also includes a set of stamps illustrated by German painter Claudia Borchers.


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Photo exhibition celebrates 75th anniversary of Southern Resistance War


A photo exhibition in HCM City is part of the city’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the start of the South Resistance War (September 23, 1945). The event includes a series of colour photos capturing the development of HCM City. Highlighted pictures are about the city’s economy, culture and lifestyles. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITYA photo exhibition about the history and development of the South is being held as part of the city’s cultural activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the South Resistance War (September 23, 1945). 

The event features 200 black-and-white and colour photos highlighting the heroic, resilient and brave spirit of the southern people and soldiers during the nine-year resistance war against the French colonialists with the final battle at Điện Biên Phủ in 1954. 

Works displaying the activities of people and soldiers in Sài Gòn (now HCM City) are featured.

The event also includes a series of colour photos capturing HCM City’s recent development. The photos portray the solidarity, creativity and affection of the people to build their land. Highlighted pictures are about the city’s economy, culture and lifestyles. 

“From the photos, I understand more about the southern people and soldiers, mostly poor farmers, following the August 1945 Revolution, to join the country to end the war against the French with the victory at Điện Biên Phủ Battle in 1954,” said Nguyễn Trung Tín, a first-year student at the HCM City University of Law, who visited the event this week.

The exhibition, organised by the city People’s Committee, is being held at Lam Sơn Park, Chi Lăng Park and Đồng Khởi Street in District 1. It will run through 30 September. 




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