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Bankett Gruppe 2 / Banquet Group 2

Vernissage on 11 November 2018 with introduction by Dr Anna Fricke

Card with invitation here and here; A2 size poster here:

Because of the weather, the vernissage ‒ which had begun next to the work in the sculpture park ‒ had to be moved at short notice into the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche SELK , which was kindly made available by Pastor Klaus Pahlen

from right: Peter Gorschlüter (director Museum Folkwang), Muchtar Al Ghusain (city of Essen Deputy for Culture and Education), Franz-Josef Britz (mayor of the city of Essen), Dirk Heidenblut (Member of Bundestag / MP), Phung-Tien Phan (artist), Anna Fricke (curator Museum Folkwang), Volker Wagenitz (KaM). Picture by Erwin Wiemer.
Phung-Tien Phan and Anna Fricke.
Picture by Michael Geeling

After relocating into the dry interior of the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche SELK:

After the welcoming by KaM, the mayor of the city of Essen, Franz-Josef Britz, and the head of the culture and educations department, Muchtar Al Ghusain, addressed the participants. This was followed by Dr Anna Fricke, curator for contemporary art at the Museum Folkwang, who provided an introduction to the artist and her work.

Picture by Erwin Wiemer

Afterwards, there was an opportunity to gather in the parish hall, where, among other things, catalogs of the artist and posters of the vernissage were on display.

The project and the vernissage have been mentioned as follows: WAZ/NRZ articles on 26 October 2018 and 8 November 2019; Südanzeiger / Lokalkompass on 1 November 2018 and 10 November 2018, and, among others, by Allbau und Lintorfer here. Press release of the city of Essen here; Lokalkompass / Südanzeiger on 1 December 2018 here.

Artist talk on 6 July 2019

During the Skulpturenfest / sculptures fest 2019 of the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. on 6 July 2019 the artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr Anna Fricke had a public artist talk, sharing with the visitors their ideas, thoughts and backgrounds on the temporary work Bankett Gruppe 2 / Banquet Group 2 ‒ and other works by the artist.

More about the Skulpturenfest / sculptures fest 2019 here.

Finissage on 17 November 2019 in the parish hall of the SELK church

The temporary work Bankett Gruppe 2 / Banquet Group 2 by Phung-Tien Phan had been on display in the sculpture park Moltkeplatz for a year. Before it was to be dismantled at the end of November 2019 as agreed, the association Kunst am Moltkeplatz KaM e.V. sent out an invitation to say goodbye. More than thirty interested persons gathered in the parish hall of the SELK church and had the opportunity to talk with the artist Phung-Tien Phan and the curator Dr Anna Fricke. Invitations to the finissage had also been carried in the Südanzeiger on 16 November 2019.

During the finissage the artist book Bankett Gruppe / Banquet Group by Phung-Tien Phan was presented. The book had become available shortly before; upon request the artist signed the copies.

A few of the 92 pages here:

The full artist´s book can be downloaded (as a 92-page pdf) from here.

The book has been entered into the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek / German National Library ‒ see here ‒ and into the catalogue of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Bibliographie der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek / Northrhine-Westfalia bibliography of the University and State Library Düsseldorf ‒ see here.

Steel sign pointing out the work


On 4 December 2019 the temporary work Bankett Gruppe 2 / Banquet Group 2 was dismantled and removed by the artist and her assistants; also, the signs pointing to the work were removed.

after dismantling the fence

About Phung-Tien Phan

1983 born in Essen; lives and works in Essen
2010‒2014 Folkwang Universität der Künste / University of the Arts, Essen
2013 Kunstakademie / Art Academy Düsseldorf, Prof Keren Cytter
2015‒2016 Kunstakademie / Art Academy Düsseldorf, Prof Christopher Williams
2013‒2017 founding of New Bretagne (
Running of the off-space room Belle Air, Essen; sponsored and supported by the Cultural Affairs Ofiice of the city of Essen, Marianne-Ingenwerth Stiftung, and Kunststiftung NRW

Scholarships / Grants
2013 Marianne-Ingenwerth-Stiftung,
residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2015 Peter-Mertes-Grant of the Bonner Kunstverein
2018 Trust Camp, Essen series of exhibitions; sponsored by Kunststiftung NRW

Exhibitions 2018
Inauguration Show, Root Canal, Amsterdam
Trust Camp Normal, Essen
8. Salon, Hamburg
Trust Camp Normal, Essen
Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow
Safety First, AEdT, Düsseldorf

To the start page Bankett Gruppe 2 / Banquet Group 2 of Phung-Tien Phan here.

This project is sponsored and supported by Kunststiftung NRW, Allbau Stiftung and Sparkassenlotterie „PS-Sparen und Gewinnen“