|Face value||CHF 1.30|
|Face value||CHF 3.70|
Philatelie Liechtenstein is pleased to have succeeded in winning one of the most popular Chinese artists, Xiao Hui Wang, for one of its own stamp issues. In her homeland, China, Xiao Hui Wang enjoys cult status by virtue of her formidable artistic performance record as a photographic artist, book author and filmmaker, and also because of her unusual life story.
Xiao Hui Wang was born in 1957 in the port of Tianjin in the north of China. After graduating at Tongji University in Shanghai in Architecture (1983) and in Interior Design and Communication Science (1986), in 1986 she obtained a grant to study in Munich, which has since been her second home alongside Shanghai. In her early days in Munich she was able to exhibit her photographic work for the first time and received various commissions for German-language photographic volumes. In 1990 she accepted a guest studentship at the Academy for Television and Film and worked for the Bavarian State Broadcasting Corporation among others. After a car accident in 1991, which she survived with severe injuries but in which her husband lost his life, she again concentrated after a long period of recuperation entirely on photography, achieving international mastery in it. Several prizewinning book publications round off her prolific artistic output.
The two stamps constituting the “24 Hours in Liechtenstein” issue are based on photographs taken by the artist during a stay in Liechtenstein in 2010. The “Alpine Rhine” stamp (face value CHF 1.30) depicts a mountain panorama typical of Liechtenstein’s Alpine Region, with a snapshot of the surging torrents of the Rhine superimposed on it. “Water reflections” (face value CHF 3.70) shows Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, reflected in the surface of the nearby pond. The Castle is therefore standing on its head. On both sheets the stamps have been arranged so as to produce an aesthetically appealing pattern.
Royal Joh. Enschedé
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