HCMC hosts exhibition of German, Vietnamese artists

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City will present an encounter between three German and two Vietnamese artists in a joint exhibition that aims to enhance the presence of both cultures and engage them in a direct dialogue.

‘High and Low’, a work by artist Nguyen Thi Tam

Three German contemporary artists--Hertha Miessner, Traude Linhardt and Susanne Wackerbauer, represented in the exhibition ‘Her Presence In Colours-Vietnam 2012’ organized by the International Women Artists Council (INWAC) from June 24 to 29 encounter with two Vietnamese artists who follow traditional and modern styles respectively.

Individual artistic concepts and methods are construed through an inter-action of cultures, values and creative processes.

The values underlying the two different cultures are laid bare in order to launch processes, crucial for a dialogue in art and with art. The exhibition comprises 30 works in silk, acrylic, oils, digital collages along with eleven sculptures.

Each artist speaks her own language, based on her specific visual and emotional interpretation, as well as an interpretation handed down from the past; a language derived from a variety of perspectives and kept permanently alive by a diversity of approaches.

“Art in Juxtaposition” does not stand just for the juxtaposition of different techniques and materials used by the Vietnamese and German artists but also for the distinctive Western approaches to developing entirely new forms of expression through combining of every kind of technique, material and new medium in a single work.

On the other, the Eastern notion that one that discovers an internal world of the self in confrontation with the outside world, foregrounding the ideological and using the art as a way of expressing individual and aesthetic concepts.

In our globalized world the exhibition allows the audience as well as the artists to embark on an adventurous journey of discovering iconographic signs and themes emerging from various artistic techniques and materials.

“Art in Discussion-from Material to Form”, an event held at the Goethe Institute on June 19 at Nr.18 Straße 1, Cu xa Do Thanh, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, provides the public with an opportunity to participate in a “tri-dialogue” with the German artists.

The German guests will discuss, among other things, their various artistic strategies and talk about their individual development as artists, the range of their work as well as the ideas underlying their particular vision of art.

The exhibition will take place from June 21-28 at the City Museum, 92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Boundary, a work by artist Tran Thuy Linh's
Traude Linhardt's work

By Uyen Phuong

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