Samson Young

Samson Young
Heterophony: July 1896
Villa Hügel, Essen

01.05.2023 - 31.12.2023
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Villa Hügel, the

Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung is launching new events and artistic offerings throughout 
the year.
The upcoming highlight takes you on a journey into the past: the video work and soundwalk
Heterophony: July 1896 by

Samson Young 

The former Krupp Foundation scholarship holder made a video work especially for the anniversary that highlights the visit of Li Hongzhang, General of the Imperial Chinese Empire, to Villa Hügel.
Hongzhang, also known as the "Bismarck of the East", was a diplomatic envoy to Germany in 1896 and met Friedrich Alfred Krupp during his trip. The fictional film shows the meeting of Honghzhang, Krupp and Bismarck from the perspective of a musician who entertained the guests that evening. Enriched with music, archival documents and film footage, the video work traces the history of one of the most controversialfigures in Chinese history.

You can watch the video work at Villa Hügel from 1 May to 31 July, or discover it in the „Hügel“ app from

1 May. In the app, the work is divided into six chapters that make it possible to experience Villa Hügel through the eyes and ears of Samson Young in the form of soundwalks.