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press: Vienna's Secession opens an exhibition of works by Danh Vo

In August 2020, my colleague Hans Weinberger and I made a short trip to Güldenhof, an old farm in Brandenburg that artist Danh Vo has turned into a multipurpose space and studio. Over the past couple of years, he has transformed former barns and outhouses into wood and ceramics workshops, storage spaces, and a greenhouse. He’s laid out a “wild” garden with a variety of flowers and vegetables. He’s also built a central farm building, with a variety of bedrooms and sleeping places, and a large utilitarian kitchen with a giant long table for eating, talking and playing games. This farm has become a creative retreat for the artist — a place to try out new things, to produce and to connect with visiting artists, artisans, students, and curators. In addition to these ephemeral encounters there are Vo’s regular collaborators who are present often on a daily basis. These include Vo’s studio manager Marta Lusena; the photographer Nick Ash; cabinet maker Fred Fischer; and gardener Christine Schulz. She laid out the garden and comes every morning to take care of it, while she keeps on experimenting with plants, cultivating seeds and thus expanding her knowledge.