Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018
2018 Wolfgang Hahn Prize
April 18–August 12, 2018
Award ceremony and opening, Tuesday April 17, 6:30PM
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 Her works demonstrate elements of Institutional Critique and are conceptual as well as rich in cultural and historical references, while simultaneously sensually complex and emotionally charged.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
For more information: http://www.museum-ludwig.de/en/exhibitions/haegue-yang.html
Mountains of Encounter, 2008
Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, moving spotlights, floodlights, cable
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