ULRIKE HANNEMANN | The Palace – Then and Now
Opening: Friday, 10.04.2017, 7 pm
Finissage: Saturday, 01.04.2017, 4 pm
In her exhibition, The Palace - Then and Now, Ulrike Hannemann investigates the current relationship with the chequered history of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This enormous building complex was designed by Ngô Viết Thụ as a synthesis of classical and modern Vietnamese architecture and built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, completed in 1966. The building then served as the home and office of the President of South Vietnam, until 1975, when it was stormed by North Vietnamese troops. Following the global coverage and iconic photograph depicting a tank bulldozing through the main gate in 1976 – marking the official end of the Vietnam War – the building was honoured as a historic monument of national significance.