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Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018, 2018 Wolfgang Hahn Prize

APR 18 – AUG 12, 2018

Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018

Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018
2018 Wolfgang Hahn Prize


April 18–August 12, 2018
Award ceremony and opening, Tuesday April 17, 6:30PM


Museum Ludwig
Cologne, Germany


In 2018, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig will rec­og­nize Haegue Yang for her ex­traor­d­i­nary body of work with the Wolf­gang Hahn Prize. The Mu­se­um Lud­wig will show­case the re­mark­able ver­satil­i­ty of her en­tire oeu­vre in the artist’s first-ev­er sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion with over 120 works rang­ing from ac­tion-based ob­jects from the 1990s to lac­quer paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, works on pa­per, video es­says, an­thro­po­mor­ph­ic sculp­tures, per­for­ma­tive pie­ces, and large-scale in­s­tal­la­tions.


The ab­bre­vi­a­tion ETA stands for “es­ti­mat­ed time of ar­ri­val,” among other things. Thus, the ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tle points to an artis­tic ca­reer in tran­sit and the con­s­tant itin­er­a­cy of an artist who main­tains stu­dios in Seoul and Ber­lin and has ex­hibit­ed in­ter­na­tio­n­al­ly since 1994.


With her di­verse oeu­vre, Yang adept­ly avoids clear at­tri­bu­tions. Her works de­mon­s­trate el­e­ments of In­sti­tu­tio­n­al Cri­tique and are con­cep­tu­al as well as rich in cul­tu­r­al and his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences, while si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly sen­su­al­ly com­plex and emo­tio­n­al­ly charged. Across over 1500 square me­ters of ex­hi­bi­tion space, this com­pre­hen­sive ret­ro­spec­tive’s spa­tial scenog­ra­phy will echo the con­cep­tu­al dy­nam­ics of the works, lend­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion the qual­i­ty of a Ge­samtkunst­w­erk—har­mo­nious yet full of dis­so­nances.


Cu­ra­tor: Yil­maz Dziewior
Cu­ra­to­rial Pro­ject Ma­n­age­ment: Leonie Ra­dine


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Haegue Yang
Mountains of Encounter, 2008
Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, moving spotlights, floodlights, cable
Dimensions variable
Museum Ludwig, Köln, joint acquisition with the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig Köln e.V. on the occasion of the 2018 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
Installation view of Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2018
Photography © Museum Ludwig, Šaša Fuis, Cologne

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