Hanoi exhibition to showcase German artist's woodcuts

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Luftbild, a 2009 artwork by German graphic artist Christiane Baumgartner, combines the centuries-old technique of woodcut with the contemporary video art

Fifty woodblock prints, books, and videos by German graphic artist Christiane Baumgartner will be on show at an exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from September 7 to 30.

According to a press release from the institute, also the organizer, "Woodcuts in the Digital Age" will be part of a program in which Baumgartner will be an artist in residence for three months from September 1.

The Leipzig-based artist is the first to be awarded a newly created annual residency grant by the Cultural Foundation of Saxony and the Goethe Institute in Vietnam.

Baumgartner, 45, who has become known internationally for her large innovative woodcuts, will experience the culture and the arts scene in Vietnam, search for traditional wood carvings, and share her experiences in the art of woodcuts with young artists.

She will also work on her own projects in a studio at the "Center of Contemporary Art" and participate in artists' meetings. In October and November she will hold week-long workshops at art schools in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.

Baumgartner studied at the School of Visual Arts in Leipzig from 1988 to 1994 and at the Royal College of Art, London, from 1997 to 1999. Her main artistic medium is printmaking. For her woodcuts she usually works from her own video recordings, producing stills in the form of woodcuts, often in very large formats.

She has won several awards and her works are kept in museums in Leipzig, Vienna, London, New York, and Amsterdam.

In addition to the exhibition, the Goethe Institute will also invite well-known Hanoi artists to a German-Vietnamese discussion on trends in woodcuts in Germany and Vietnam on September 12.

The art is a centuries-old tradition in both nations.

Currently, there are efforts in both countries to combine it with new media, styles, and content, according to the release.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Goethe Institute Hanoi is situated on 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.

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