Artist: Thanh Dung

* 1966 in Quang Ngai

Lived and worked until 1999 in Ho-Chi-Minh-City.

From 1989 – 1994 Studied at the Art School in Ho-Chi-Minh-City.

1966 Opening of a private Mural-Gallery in Ho-Chi-Minh-City.

1998 Marriage and move to Zepernick/Brandenburg.

2019 ordained as a Buddhist nun with the name Summi Matzke alias Ayya Sanghamitta



Front: "The Girl Kieu" by Nguyen, Du (1766-1820)

Back: "Gretchen" (Faust I) by Goethe, J.W. (1749-1832)

The classic authors Nguyen, Du and Goethe tell gripping and impressive tales of the most human of emotions in these masterpieces in verseform, about the joys of love and the suffering it can cause.

Kieu and Gretchen are young, inexperienced, well mannered, virtuous, passionate, dignified, beautiful and religious.

These virtues bring disaster upon both of them.

I chose Kieu and Gretchen for the design of my bear because they are among the most beautiful figures of world theatre.

Thanh Dung Matzke

Sponsor: Honorargeneralkonsul von Vietnam, Hans-Bernd Gieseler