Minh Dung Vu

lives and works in Leipzig

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Text from the exhibition Time on Flow

STRABAG Kunstforum is pleased to show the solo exhibition of Minh Dung Vu, the winner of a recognition prize of STRABAG Artaward International 2020.

In the second solo exhibition as part of the STRABAG Artaward International 2020, Leipzig-based artist Minh Dung Vu presents a selection of new works. The artist with Vietnamese roots creates his works with minimal interventions, the subtle, abstract compositions stood out among the works submitted for this year’s art prize.

Minh Dung Vu sews finely painted and specially dyed fabrics, such as silk, to the canvas, thus expanding the classic concept of painting. The fascination for various fabrics and textiles and their versatility are the starting point for his work. Depending on its thickness and structure, fabric behaves differently and can be stretched and processed in different ways. Vu combines colors and shapes with playful ease, yet precisely and harmoniously. Although the fabric is used one-dimensionally, light and shadow play a major role: depending on where the work is placed in the room, different light and shadow formations become visible due to the materiality, determined by the permeability and fragility of the fabric.

Vu experiments very unobtrusively with materiality, he combines materials and explores the limits of perception. In doing so, the past, tradition and memory are combined with new impressions of the present to create timeless works of art.



born in Vietnam
2013-14 Graphic Design, Vietnam University of Fine Art
2015-19 Painting / Graphic, University of Fine Art Essen (HBK Essen) with Prof. Nicola Stäglich
2018 Deutschlandstipendium für begabte Studierende
Essener Förderpreisträger
2019-22 Malerei / Grafik, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, class of Prof. Michael Riedel
2020 STRABAG Artaward International 2020 - Award of Recognition
2022-23 Master Student (Post Graduate Studies), Kunsthochschule Mainz, class of Prof. Nikolas Gambarroff
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main (G)
Galerie Heike Strelow @ SCHALAST, Frankfurt am Main (G)
Galerie Biesenbach @ POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair, Berlin (G)
Diplom-Ausstellung, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (G)
CAI Gallery, Harelbeke, Belgium (G)
Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich (S)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Werkschauhalle, Spinnerei Leipzig (G)
STRABAG Kunstforum, Vienna (S)
Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt on the Main (G)
STRABAG Artaward International 2020 Exhibition, STRABAG Kunstforum, Vienna (G)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Galerie damdam Koreanisches Kulturzentrum, Berlin (G)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Open studio ''Flow'' Kupferdreherst 163 (G)
Revier Kunst- der Kunstevent in Ruhrgebiet- Revierkunstpreis (G)
Essener Förderpreis  Ausstellung (G)
Contemporary Art Ruhr (C.A.R) Innovative Kunstmesse, Essen (G)
Art of Nedschroef, Essen (G)
Clear prospect at Toscana Halle Berlin (G)


Selected Public Collections

  • STRABAG Kunstforum, Vienna


  • 8 Emerging Abstract Painters To Collect Now, in Contemporary Art Issue (2022)
  • The Best Minimalist Painting: A Complete Overview, in Contemporary Art Issue (2020)
  • STRABAG Artaward – 25 Jahre Kunstpreis für Malerei und Zeichnung, STRABAG SE, STRABAG Kunstforum; Ritter Verlag, Klagenfurt 2020, ISBN 978-3-85415-617-8
  • Clear Prospect, Nicola Stäglich, Tim Tratenroth und Anja Kreitz. Toscana-Halle Berlin, catalogue "Clear Prospect", fadbk|HBK Essen Verlag, Edition HBK Essen 7, ISBN: 978-3-940887-91-7




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