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Haegue Yang: GLOBAL GROOVE. Art, Dance, Performance and Protest

Museum Folkwang, Essen

August 13 – November 14, 2021

Haegue Yang, GLOBAL GROOVE. Art, Dance, Performance and Protest

Haegue Yang

GLOBAL GROOVE. Art, Dance, Performance and Protest

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

August 13 – November 14, 2021


Artist Haegue Yang participates in the group show GLOBAL GROOVE. Art, Dance, Performance and Protest at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany.


The exhibition looks back on over 120 years of art and dance history and highlights how dance stimulated cultural and political developments in societies. From contemporary collaborations or the first Happenings by the Japanese Butoh dancers and the pioneers of Modern Dance, it traces a line in the cultural history of contact between the West and East back to the early performances of Asian dancers in Europe around 1900.


In six chapters and a prologue, Global Groove with its interdisciplinary thrust outlines how encounters between Western and (South) East Asian societies gave rise to new expressive forms in art, dance, performance and design, and what influence this has had on the history of Modernism. On display are about 280 works by over 60 artists, among them John Cage, Madame Hanako, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Anouk Kruithof, Ito Michio, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Auguste Rodin, Ulrike Rosenbach, Simon Starling, Mary Wigman, Haegue Yang and many others.


For more information, please visit Museum Folkwang's website.


Above: Haegue Yang, Sonic Rotating Line Reversed Type C - Nickel Plated #15, 2013. Steel sheet, powder coating, ball bearings, metal grid, nickel plated bells, metal rings. 7 7/8 x 39 3/8 inches (20 x 100 cm). Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

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