Inspired by Vietnamese national epic poem “Tale of Kieu”, artist Franca Bartholomäi created a wall installation of woodcuts and papercuts that offers a whole new view on the time-honoured epic poem.

Through the works on display, including 24 large-sized wood and paper paintings, viewers can feel a new and different perspective on the Tale of Kieu and the identity of Kieu, and at the same time contemplate the image of Kieu and role of women in the current world.

According to Rainer Robra, Minister for Culture in Sachsen-Anhalt, the exhibition shows the strong cooperation in the current fields between the state of Sachsen-Anhalt and Vietnam’s localities and authorities. He expressed his hope that the cooperation relationship between the two sides will be further promoted in the coming time.

Meanwhile, Director of the Sachsen-Anhalt State Art Foundation Manon Bursian shared that the exhibition is a major international cooperation project and its implementation contributes to cultural exchange and understanding between Germany and Vietnam. According to Bursian, although Germans know that there are many Vietnamese people living in Germany, there are probably not many people who know about Vietnamese literature.

The exhibition was displayed at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi in 2019 and attracted a large number of visitors. Manon Bursian also expressed her hope for several art cooperation projects in the near future between the Sachsen-Anhalt State Art Foundation and Vietnam to help the German public better understand Vietnamese culture and art.

The opening ceremony will take place online on June 3, with the exhibition to run from June 4 to August 1, 2021.