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Sam Tho Duong, 6th Hanau Goldsmith Laureate

Exhibition  /  28 Jan 2016  -  16 Apr 2016
Published: 01.02.2016
Sam Tho Duong, 6th Hanau Goldsmith Laureate.
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Management:
Christiane Weber-Stöber
Sam Tho Duong. Object: Untitled, 2015. 935/000 silver, pearls, nylon, Brothers-Grimm storybook. Sam Tho Duong
Object: Untitled, 2015
935/000 silver, pearls, nylon, Brothers-Grimm storybook
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Intro
The exhibition will be presented in the Gold Hall with around 130 objects which demonstrate the versatile work of this well-known artist. The span of the exhibition pieces ranges from highly spatial necklaces to delicate brooches. Also included are around 40 works by students of the Staatliche Zeichenakademie that were created during the workshop, “Steps of Attention,” given by Sam Tho Duong in the summer of 2015.
 

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Sam Tho Duong
As the 6th Hanau Goldsmith Laureate, the Pforzheim artist worked at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie for six weeks in the summer of 2015. During his residence in Hanau, he occupied himself with the Brothers Grimm and dedicated a separate, very creative work to them. Sam Tho Duong arranged two silver, pointed caps on a book of fairy tales opened to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Sam Tho Duong created an amusing story to go with this work. He claims to have found the caps in a “dungeon” of the German Goldsmith’s House. Two dwarfs who had traveled to Hanau to meet the Brothers Grimm supposedly forgot their caps on their hasty departure, according to a scientific investigation.
 
Humor often marks Sam Tho Duong’s work in other respects as well, for example when he gave his series of jewelry objects made of Actimel bottles the title lemitcA. In addition to silver and plastic, Sam Tho Duong designs his jewelry with cherry stones, freshwater “rice grain” pearls, amber, gingerroot, or even shoelaces and toilet paper.

About the Artist:
The artist, born in Viet Nam, got an extensive training as a goldsmith, graduating from the Berufsfachschule and Berufskolleg in Pforzheim and training with the world famous firm of Wellendorf. He followed this with studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung where he received his degree in 2002. Sam Tho Duong has been working as a freelance designer for the past 13 years. 

About the Laureate: 
Since 2004, the City of Hanau has appointed a Hanau Goldsmith Laureate every two years and makes the funds available for a six-week residency in the Brothers Grimm City. The Society for Goldsmiths’ Art invites the artist, the Staatliche Zeichenakademie provides the workspace, and the Goldsmith’s House presents the resulting works in an exhibition.
 
Opening:
The German Goldsmith’s House, Hanau, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
Sunday Guided tours: January 17, February 14, March 13, and April 10, 3:00 to 4:00pm
“Jewelry Art at Lunchtime”: January 27 and March 16, 12:30 to 1:00pm
 
Additional tours can be booked on request.
 
Sam Tho Duong. Necklace: Untitled, since 2010. Cherry stone with enamel, gold-plated. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Sam Tho Duong
Necklace: Untitled, since 2010
Cherry stone with enamel, gold-plated
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
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Sam Tho Duong. Necklace: Frozen, 2014. Oxidized silver, pearls, nylon. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Sam Tho Duong
Necklace: Frozen, 2014
Oxidized silver, pearls, nylon
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Sam Tho Duong. Object: Ingwer, 2007. Finesilver, blackened, amber, onyx, nylon. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Necklace or Brooch. Sam Tho Duong
Object: Ingwer, 2007
Finesilver, blackened, amber, onyx, nylon
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Necklace or Brooch
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Sam Tho Duong. Brooch: Ingwer, 2007. Finesilver, blackened, nylon,. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Sam Tho Duong
Brooch: Ingwer, 2007
Finesilver, blackened, nylon,
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
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Sam Tho Duong. Necklace: lemitcA, 2012. Plastic jogurt bottles, onyx. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Sam Tho Duong
Necklace: lemitcA, 2012
Plastic jogurt bottles, onyx
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
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Sam Tho Duong. Necklace: Sanft & Sicher, 2008. Yellow and white toilet paper, shoelace. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Sam Tho Duong
Necklace: Sanft & Sicher, 2008
Yellow and white toilet paper, shoelace
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