Inauguration of Mural Celebrating Vietnam-Germany Friendship in Hanoi

The German Embassy has graciously gifted a mural to the people of the capital, which was created with great care and dedication by the artist Thu Thuy. The mural is a symbol of the Vietnamese people's deep admiration for Germany.

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A mural depicting the strong bond between Vietnam and Germany was unveiled to commemorate the successful bilateral cultural exchange between the two nations. The vibrant artwork serves as a reminder of the long-standing diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

The 2.2m high and 26m long mural on the wall of the West Lake Water Park was created with immense skill and care by artists from the Tan Ha Noi Company, under the leadership of renowned painter Nguyen Thu Thuy. This mural is a part of the remarkable Hanoi Ceramic Road, which Thuy initiated.

The mural was designed by renowned artist, Nguyen Thu Thuy, and brought to life by Tan Ha Noi Company, with funding generously provided by the German Embassy to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the mural was only completed this year.

Wanting to express the love and affectionate ties that many Vietnamese people living in Germany share, artist Thuy started the mural with the image of joyful children waving both Vietnamese and German flags in front of a wind farm in the North Sea of Germany. The mural also depicts the natural scenery as well as typical architectural works of several German cities, including Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Cologne, Mainz, Leipzig and Munich…

 Painter Nguyen Thu Thuy and Ambassador Guido Hidner stand in front of the mural. Photo courtesy of Tan Ha Noi Company

Ambassador Guido Hidner expressed his excitement at seeing the mural, noting that the children depicted in it symbolize the future of Germany and Vietnam’s friendship.

He stated that the mural sends a message of environmental conservation through the practical use of renewable energy, public transportation, and the preservation of architectural heritage.

The art project was the work of a group of young Vietnamese and German artists, who came together to create a unique and vibrant piece of artwork that symbolizes the friendship between the two countries.

The Vietnam-Germany Friendship Mural has completely transformed the once dull and messy graffiti wall into an eye-catching and vibrant artwork. The piece, which was created by a team of young Vietnamese and German artists, features a series of vivid and modern colors that capture the beauty of Germany’s iconic natural, cultural, and architectural elements. It is a beautiful symbol of the friendship between the two nations and a reminder of the power of collaboration.

Artist Thu Thuy said she put a lot of time and effort into the mural as a tribute to Germany. In 2005, after winning the B Prize at the National Press Prize for a series of articles on Vietnam’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, Thuy received an InWent scholarship to study journalism in Berlin. During her studies, Thuy visited many cities in Germany and other parts of Europe. She was especially taken with the Waldspirale in Darmstadt (Germany) and the work of architect Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona (Spain), which ultimately inspired her to create the Hanoi Ceramic Road along the Red River embankment – a gift to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi.

With 21 themes, artist Thu Thuy’s The Ceramic Road project was completed on the occasion of the millennium anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, with a length of nearly 4 km and a height of 2 m, running through four districts: Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, and Hai Ba Trung.

The work of artist Thu Thuy has been widely recognized by both the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Guinness World Records Organization, as it is the world’s longest ceramic tile mural. Thuy invited numerous international artists to contribute to the project, demonstrating the potential for cultural cooperation among countries.

The project, initiated and sponsored by the Red River Delta Ceramics Art Center, is an ambitious public art project that aims to promote the traditional craft of ceramic tile making by creating a two-kilometer-long mural along the Red River. The project has been in the works for over two years and is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

On August 30, 2008, the “Ceramic Tile Mural Road along the Red River” project was awarded the prestigious “Bui Xuan Phai – For the Love of Hanoi” prize; a major accolade for projects of great value to Hanoi. The Red River Delta Ceramics Art Center initiated and sponsored this ambitious public art project with the aim of promoting the traditional craft of ceramic tile making by creating a two-kilometer-long mural along the Red River. This project has been in the making for over two years and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2009.