Three Vietnamese artists have won a competition organized to celebrate 45 years of Vietnam-Germany relations, the German Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release on Monday.
They are Chu Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Xuan Lam, and Phung Van Tue, who were named winners of the Buddy Bear Art Competition.
At a reception at the residence of German Ambassador to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner on Friday last week, the three winners were each awarded a prize of VND15 million (US$647) in the presence of Germany alumni, artists, representatives of German and Vietnamese institutions, and the Vietnamese-German Friendship Society.
|This supplied photo shows three Buddy Bears made by Chu Thuy Quynh, Phung Van Tue, and Nguyen Xuan Lam in the Buddy Bear Art Competition organized by the German Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies.|
Germany and Vietnam celebrate the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year.
To mark this occasion, the German Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) launched the Buddy Bear Art Competition in spring.
Artists were invited to present their impressions, ideas, and visions on the manifold aspects of German-Vietnamese relations in the anniversary year by creating a Buddy Bear.
Out of 14 applications, a jury selected the designs of Quynh, Lam, and Tue as winners.
During the COVID-19 restrictions, the three artists designed the Buddy Bear blanks in their homes.
The three Buddy Bears can be viewed from November 16 in the exhibition hall of the VICAS Art Studio at 32 Hao Nam, Cho Dua, Dong Da District, Hanoi.
|German Ambassador to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner (first left) presents certificates and souvenirs to contenders in the Buddy Bear Art Competition in Hanoi, October 6, 2020. Photo: Supplied|
The Buddy Bears originated from an art project in 2001.
They have become a landmark of Berlin and are considered unofficial ambassadors of Germany.
The outstretched arms of the standing Buddy Bear symbolize friendliness and optimism.
The ‘United Buddy Bears’ were created in 2002.
The exhibition of around 140 Buddy Bears designed by artists from member states of the United Nations promotes peaceful coexistence between people of all races, cultures, and religions.
Since their first exhibition in Berlin, over 40 million visitors have already admired the Buddy Bears.