Chu Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Xuan Lam, and Phung Van Tue have been awarded as the winners of the prestigious Buddy Bear Art Competition.
Last week, the esteemed residence of German Ambassador to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner hosted a reception to honor the three deserving winners. In the company of esteemed guests, including Germany alumni, artists, representatives of German and Vietnamese institutions, and the Vietnamese-German Friendship Society, each winner was presented with a generous prize of VND15 million (US$647).
|This supplied photo shows three Buddy Bears made by Chu Thuy Quynh, Phung Van Tue, and Nguyen Xuan Lam in the Buddy Bear Art Competition organized by the German Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies.|
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In celebration of this momentous occasion, the German Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) jointly initiated the Buddy Bear Art Competition during the spring season.
In commemoration of the anniversary year, a special invitation was extended to artists, inviting them to showcase their unique interpretations, ideas, and perceptions regarding the diverse facets of German-Vietnamese relations. Their artistic expression took the form of creating a Buddy Bear.
The jury has carefully reviewed 14 applications and has selected the designs of Quynh, Lam, and Tue as the winning entries.
During the period of COVID-19 restrictions, the three artists collaborated remotely from their respective homes to design the Buddy Bear blanks.
The exhibition hall of the VICAS Art Studio, located at 32 Hao Nam, Cho Dua, Dong Da District, Hanoi, will showcase the three Buddy Bears starting from November 16.
|German Ambassador to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner (first left) presents certificates and souvenirs to contenders in the Buddy Bear Art Competition in Hanoi, October 6, 2020. Photo: Supplied|
The Buddy Bears have their roots in an esteemed art project that dates back to 2001.
The iconic landmark that is the Brandenburg Gate has become synonymous with Berlin and is widely regarded as unofficial ambassadors of Germany.
The emblematic Buddy Bear is a symbol of friendliness and optimism, portrayed through its welcoming outstretched arms.
The ‘United Buddy Bears’ exhibition was first created in 2002.
The Buddy Bears exhibition showcases approximately 140 creatively designed bears by artists representing member states of the United Nations. This unique display aims to foster peaceful coexistence among individuals from diverse races, cultures, and religions.
Since its inaugural exhibition in Berlin, the Buddy Bears have attracted over 40 million visitors who have marveled at their captivating artistry.