On November 23, 2018, the famous Düsseldorf gallery owner Alfred Schmela would have celebrated his hundredth birthday. To mark this occasion, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is organizing an exhibition that shows the wide-ranging network of this “pioneer of the avant-garde.”

Viet Duc

German-Vietnamese Biographies: A Reflection of History / Những trang tiểu sử Đức-Việt như tấm gương phản ánh lịch sử

Pictures of a German-Vietnamese history: Vietnam and Germany have a surprising number of connections. Following the First Indochina War, in 1955, children from North Vietnam were sent to boarding school in East Germany. Students from South Vietnam went to West Germany. Both groups later often assumed high-ranking positions. How did the children and students at the time deal with the new experiences and what has become of them? In his photographs and in biographic articles, the artist and historian Nicolaus Schmidt paints a lively picture of German-Vietnamese relationships. They show managers in modern factories, victims of the Vietnam War, artists, scientists, and also a Bavarian butcher who produces Weisswürste (white sausages) at the South China Sea.


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"Viet Duc "

August 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0484-2

24,00 x 30,00 cm

208 Pages

166 colored and 22 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Das Buch erscheint auf Deutsch, Englisch und Vietnamesisch.

Languages: German, English

Kunststiftung K52
Text by
Nicolaus Schmidt
Design by
Nicolaus Schmidt, Berlin