haegue yang receives the republic of korea culture and arts award

national museum of modern and contemporary art - korea
october 24, 2018 - 2 pm

portrait of haegue yang, photo: haegue yang studio

Haegue Yang has been named the recipient of the Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award (Presidential Citation) in the Visual Arts sector by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Do Jonghwan; hereafter MCST). This year, the MCST announced a total of 31 recipients for the 2018 Person of Merit, Development of Culture and Arts citation which is categorized into three divisions: Order of Cultural Merit, Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award, and Today's Young Artist Award. Yang has been awarded The Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award, which is bestowed on an outstanding individual in each of the following five sectors: General Culture, Literature, Visual Arts, Music, and Theater/Dance. The award ceremony will take place in the Multi-Project Hall, located on B1F of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul at 2pm on October 24, 2018.


Yang is recognized internationally for her powerful interdisciplinary practice that consists of immersive artworks in multiple mediums and reflects her detailed observations of our contemporary cultural and social environments. Her work explores hybrid cultural systems and pays close attention to the complex mix of civilizations around the world. Articulated in her unique language of abstraction, Yang’s practice is founded on her sensitivity to and critical inquiry of contemporary subjects such as "boundaries" and "otherness." She has established a singular and unrivaled practice in contemporary art by incorporating a diverse range of mediums and materials that not only include her signature venetian blind sculpture but also paper collage, installation, and video. Yang’s conceptual rigor and formal vision are framed by her careful consideration of the postmodern condition and the contextual tensions that underlie contemporary history, culture, and politics. By engaging both the individual and social communities that exist around the world, Yang has successfully created a powerful voice that resonates deeply across international borders. In recognition of this vision, earlier this year the Museum Ludwig in Cologne organized the artist’s first mid-career survey show titled Haegue Yang: ETA 1994-2018 that covered 25 years of Yang’s practice with approximately 140 works. This seminal exhibition marked a major milestone in Yang’s career and was accompanied by the publication of a comprehensive catalogue raisonné also titled Haegue Yang: ETA 1994 2018. The catalogue includes several scholarly contributions exploring Yang’s oeuvre and gives an extensive overview of her artistic development to date.


Beginning with her first solo exhibition in Frankfurt in 1994, Yang’s works have been widely exhibited in major museums around the globe including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); the New Museum, New York (2010); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); the Aspen Art Museum (2011); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg (2013); Bergen Kunsthall (2013); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (2015); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2018). The artist has also consistently participated in numerous international group exhibitions including the 8 the Gwangju Biennale (2010); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Taipei Biennial 2014; Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015); the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); and Liverpool Biennial (on view through October 28, 2018). Yang was selected to represent Korea in the Korean Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and in 2018 she became the first Korean and first-ever Asian female artist to receive the prestigious Wolfgang Hahn Prize. Yang taught at the Malmö Art Academy before being appointed professor of Fine Arts at her alma mater the Städelschule in Frankfurt. She remains committed to educating the next generation of artists. Haegue Yang Receives the Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award (Presidential Citation) in the Visual Arts Sector.


Yang’s works are currently featured in a solo exhibition titled Chronotopic Traverses at La Panacée – MoCo in Montpellier, curated by the French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud and on view through January 13, 2019. The artist will present three works from her new sculptural series Sol LeWitt Vehicles (2018) for FIAC Projects at the Petit Palais, October 17 to 21, 2018, on view throughout the entire duration of the 45th edition of FIAC (Foire internationale d'art contemporain). In addition, Yang’s first institutional solo exhibition in Italy titled Furla Series #02 Haegue Yang: Tightrope Walking and Its Wordless Shadow at La Triennale di Milano will be on view through November 4, 2018.


[Source from Kukje Gallery press release]

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