"A Brief History of Vietnam" exhibition, a time-traveling journey with Bill Bensley

A collection of 30 original artworks by renowned architect Bill Bensley, vividly depicting the journey from the past, present to the future of Danang and Hoi An, will be displayed at the exhibition “A Brief History of Vietnam” in the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort during the upcoming Lunar New Year.

From February 11th to April 30th, the exhibition named “A Brief History of Vietnam" by architect Bill Bensley will be open daily to the public at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.

The exhibition includes 30 paintings recreating the journey from the past, through the present to the future of Da Nang and Hoi An, taking art lovers on a journey through time, from the 17th century to the 22nd century. Accordingly, Vietnam in the 17th and 18th centuries stood out with trade activities with Europe and Korea, followed by ships venturing to southern Chile in the 19th century, and the departure of the French in the 20th century.

Bensley's distinct approach allows for the vivid and creative depiction of historical landmarks. The exhibition not only recreates the past but also offers a glimpse into the future, featuring an artificial intelligence-designed temple in Da Nang, along with bold fashion forecasts from the artist.

About 30 original works of art recreate the journey through time of Da Nang and Hoi An

In addition to the chance to purchase Bill Bensley's artwork, all sales revenues will go towards charitable causes, including the Shinta Mani Foundation – co-founded and supported by Bensley. Bensley will give an intimate talk to an audience titled "Lecture on the painting by Bill Bensley" at the resort's Moulin Rouge (karaoke area) on February 9 before the exhibition's official opening.

"It is an honour for us to host this special exhibition that honours Vietnamese history as seen through Bill Bensley's eyes and artistic vision. The InterContinental Danang consistently strives to offer guests distinct, unique and culturally immersive experiences while promoting the richness of Vietnamese culture," said Seif Hamdy, General Director of the resort.

Bill Bensley will personally introduce his artworks to visitors on February 9th.

This Tet, alongside Bill Bensley's exceptional exhibition, the resort offers creative activities to delight visitors of all ages.

Visitors can participate in a luck-praying ceremony at the Ksitigarbha Temple within the resort from February 10th to 12th or enrol in a Chung cake-making class in the garden area in front of the Barefoot restaurant from February 10th to 13th.

During the Lunar New Year, visitors will have the opportunity to indulge in themed cocktails highlighting Vietnamese history at the L_o_n_g Bar.

Every day, from February 1st to 18th, visitors can enjoy afternoon tea and exquisite dishes at Citron restaurant. If you want to relax and enjoy Vietnamese-themed cocktails in a breezy space with a panoramic view of the beach, the L_o_n_g Bar offers an ideal setting.

A beachside BBQ dinner at the Barefoot restaurant or a Champagne-themed Sunday Brunch at Citron are perfect occasions for visitors to bond with their loved ones.

Throughout the Lunar New Year, the resort's chefs will offer a premium culinary journey, including a BBQ buffet at the Barefoot restaurant in the evening and a Sunday Brunch with a selection of premium champagnes at the Citron restaurant.

The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is an architectural project that has elevated Bill Bensley's name to global prominence.

Located in the middle of 39 hectares of tropical forest, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is an architectural project that has elevated Bill Bensley's name to global prominence. The resort includes four levels: Paradise, Sky, Earth and Sea – all connected by the Nam Tram cable system leading down to a 700 m long private beach.

Before designing the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the world-renowned architect Bill Bensley spent much time and effort researching Vietnam's history, culture and architectural marvels.

During his travels across the country from North to South, Bill Bensley was particularly impressed with Hue royal architecture. The succession of courtyards, thick stone walls, and tall towers overwhelmed him. The master builders of the 18th century created a diverse space exclusively for the emperors. This also became an endless source of inspiration for his first project in the S-shaped country.