Haegue Yang was born in 1971 in Seoul, South Korea, and received her BFA from Seoul National University. In the late 1990s, she moved to Germany, where she earned an MFA from the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main. Traversing a wide range of media, from collage to performance, Yang’s body of work often features quotidian and domestic found objects ranging from tea cozies to cans of Spam. The artist dissociates such materials from their original contexts, rearranging them into abstract compositions that build upon a unique and personal visual vocabulary. By including perceptual effects generated with the help of heaters, electrical fans, and even scent diffusers, Yang frequently stages multisensory environments, which—together with the mundane objects—become meditations on labor, emotional connection, and dislocation, replete with references to various moments of abstraction throughout art history.

Recognizable motifs recur throughout Yang’s oeuvre, including Venetian blinds; the artist’s first work to feature the slats was Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Blind Room, which made its debut in 2006 at the São Paulo Biennial. Yang’s series of blinds, arranged into offset planes and set on casters, later appeared at The Tanks at Tate Modern in 2012; these pieces also featured performers who rolled around and interacted with the sculptures in a reference to the choreography in Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer’s modernist Triadisches Ballett(1922). In interviews, Yang has discussed the concept of “permeability to perception” offered by Venetian blinds, which have also appeared as elements of her installations at Documenta (2012) and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Yang often explores sociopolitical concerns, and her oeuvre includes the installation Multi Faith Room (2012), which drew inspiration from generic airport prayer rooms designed to serve adherents of all religions. More recently, she has embraced additional mediums and techniques. While on an artist residency in Glasgow, she produced large-scale macramé sculptures that were accompanied by an iPod soundtrack that the artist listened to while making the work. Subsequent pieces—like Sonic Half Moon Type III—Medium Light #18 andLunar Eclipse Type X—Medium Ultralight #24, both made in 2014—are forms comprising hundreds of small metal bells, which ring in unison when repositioned.

Yang’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale (2009), the Gwangju Biennial (2010), and the Taipei Biennial (2014). She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); and the Bergen Kunsthall (2013). Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as The New Décor at Hayward Gallery, London (2010), and Berlin 2000–2011: Playing Among the Ruins at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2012). She received the 2005 Cremer Preis, and was one of two winners of the 2007 Bâloise Art Prize. Yang lives and works in Seoul and Berlin.

Haegue Yang
Seoul, 1980
Korea, North

Past Exhibitions

Haegue Yang: Tightrope Walking and Its Wordless Shadow

Triennale di Milano
07/09/2018 — 04/11/2018

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Abenteuer Freundschaft

Kunstsaele Berlin
22/09/2018 — 17/11/2018

Haegue Yang: Quasi-ESP

Chantal Crousel
14/10/2017 — 25/11/2017

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs – Bangkok

Art Center at the Jim Thompson House 15/07/2017 — 31/10/2017

Solo Shows

Quasi-Pagan Serial, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Quasi-Pagan Minimal, Greene Naftali, New York, USA

Come Shower or Shine, It Is Equally Blissful, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
* Temporary Permanent, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany
Sample Book, dépendance, Brussels, Belgium
Shooting the Elephant 象 Thinking the Elephant, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Follies, mehrfach: Gabriel Lester – Haegue Yang / Follies, manifold: Gabriel Lester – Haegue Yang, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
Honesty Printed on Modesty, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Journal of Echomimetic Motions, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
Journal of Bouba/kiki, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
Corrugated Totems with Glitter Dance, Vitrines sur l’Art – Museums of Strasbourg, Galeries Lafayette, Strasbourg, France
Family of Equivocations, Aubette 1928 and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France
Ovals and Circles, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Art Wall: Haegue Yang, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

Group Shows

Office Space, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art, Seattle Asian Art Museum , Seattle, USA
La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France *
Remember Lidice, Edition Block, Berlin, Germany
J’adore, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen, Germany
Passing Leap, Hauser & Wirth, New York, USA
As We Never Imagined: 50 Years of Art Making, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
After Babel, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden *
Future Light, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contempor ary Art, in the frame of Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change, Vienna, Austria
Absolute Collection Guideline, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Works on Paper, Greene Naftali, New York, USA
Feminismen, Nordsternturm Videoart Center, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Suppleness and Rigidity – The Art of the Fold, Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg, Germany
Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah, UAE
Fit for Purpose, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
About Color – Eine Ausstellung zur Faszination der Farbe, Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Seoul Country of birth: Korea, North Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Seoul and Berlin
Studio: Schönleinstraße 15A, Hof
10967, Berlin, Germany
W: Heiken Jung M: mail@heikejung.de