Guided Tours through the Exhibition “Das prachtvolle Gelb läuft über blasse Blätter”

Guided Tours through the Exhibition “Das prachtvolle Gelb läuft über blasse Blätter”

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Exhibition Das prachtvolle Gelb lauft uber blasse Blatter 4

18, 22 and 30 Jan 2015
Goethe Institut

From Goethe Institut:

On three days in January there will be guided tours through the exhibition “Das prachtvolle Gelb läuft über blasse Blätter” with historic Ao Dais from the Emperors court in Hue from the private collection of Thai Kim Lan. The artist Veronika Witte, the collector Thai Kim Lan and the historian Tran Quang Duc will show to the audience the world of Ao Dai and will give an insight into the metaphors and images of the installation. Interested parties may register for the guided tour at the Goethe-Institut.

In the exhibition “Das prachtvolle Gelb läuft über blasse Blätter” the garments will be embedded in an elaborate multimedia space installation by artist Veronika Witte with elements from daily life in Vietnam and a video performance on eight screens. Through the appropriation, usage, reservation and the disappearance of Ao Dais they acquired meaning and importance – now theirs stories will be told in this exhibition. In the interview installation eight individuals talk with each other about the Ao Dais without ever having met – like the 95-year-old court lady of the Empress and the 19-year-old student. Fictional conversations about preserving, time and the meaning of Ao Dais in their own lives develop.


18.01.2015, 3 pm: Guided tour with Thai Kim Lan and Veronika Witte
22.01.2015, 6 pm: Guided tour with Tran Quang Duc
30.01.2015, 6 pm: Guided tour with Thai Kim Lan and Veronika Witte

Language: German and Vietnamese. Note: Only Vietnamese with guided tour with Tran Quang Duc.

Registration required via [email protected].

Veronika WitteVeronika Witte has been working in Berlin since 1998 in the fields of sculpture, video and scenic installations always blurring the lines between visual arts, music and opera. From 1988 to 1993 she studied at the Ecôle Nationale Supérièure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She received awards and grants in Israel, France and Germany, among others. Her scenic installations and performances were shown at the Museum Ludwig in Aachen, the Stadtgaleria in Saarbrücken, the Galerie Quang in Paris and the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bathanien in Berlin inter alia. In 2002 she held the position of visiting professor at the Ecôle Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris.
Thai Mai LanThai Kim Lan was born in Hue and studied philosophy and German as a foreign language in Vietnam and Germany. 1976 she received her PhD in philosophy at the LMU in Munich and was teaching there until 2007 as a private lecturer for comparative philosophy. Since 1994 she has also been teaching in Ho Chi Minh City and Hue. She is co-founder of two associations for German-Vietnamese encounters. Besides her publications in the field of philosophy Thai Kim Lan wrote cookbooks, essays and poems and translated texts of German authors and poets, amongst them Bertolt Brecht. Poems from her own bilingual volume of poems “In einem kälteren Land – Lanh hon xu minh” (“In a colder country”) won prices in Germany and Vietnam.
Tran Quang DucTran Quang Duc, born in 1985, is one of Vietnam’s younger generation of art historians. He studied Chinese at the Hanoi National University after which he received a full scholarship from Peking University. His specialization is the comparative study of Vietnamese cultural history within the Southeast Asian context. His book “Ngàn năm áo mũ” (“One Thousand Years of Garments”), published in 2013, was a great success and was awarded the prize “Worthy Book 2014 / New Discovery”.
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