Haegue Yang: Trustworthy Clown IV

Haegue Yang and Bart van der Heide

In her displays, Berlin based artist Haegue Yang (Seoul, 1971) assumes an engaging position between narration and abstraction. Yang’s pallet of Venetian blinds, floodlights, mirrors and scent machines represent a set of private associations, yet when they are installed the artist remains illusive as ‘meaning giver’. Instead, her installations seem to rely on their encounter with the visitor, who’s engagement is stimulated – intellectually and physically – through the use of material, light, scent and movement.

The Cubitt program 2007-2009 featured solo exhibitions that individually explored a practise of narration and in particular its interaction with display. The installation ‘Lethal Love’ that Yang developed for Cubitt in early 2008, was part of a series of portraits that she developed throughout 2007 and 2008 at venues such as Hamburger Kunstverein, Portikus Frankfurt, Sala Rekalde (Bilbao) and California Institute of the Arts/REDCAT (Los Angeles). For each venue Yang developed architectural ‘portraits’, inspired by infamous public personas in Asian and European history. The installation at Cubitt took its cue from the life of German activist and politician Petra Kelly.

Haegue Yang

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Absolute Collection Guideline, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China (solo)
2015 Sample Book, Dépendence, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2015 Uneven Arrivals, UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (solo)
2013 Anachronistic Layers of Dispersion, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA (solo)
2013 Art Wall: Haegue Yang, ICA, Boston, USA (solo)
2012 Accommodating the Epic Dispersion, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
2012 The Tanks: Art in Action, Tate Modern, London, UK (solo)
2012 Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions, The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (solo)
2012 Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2012 Roll-Cosies, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland (solo)
2012 Multi Faith Room, Greene Naftali, New York, USA (solo)
2011 The Art and Technique of Folding the Land, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA (solo)
2011 The Sea Wall: Haegue Yang with an inclusion by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (solo)
2011 Teacher of Dance, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (solo)
2011 Arrivals, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (solo)
2010 Voice and Wind, New Museum, New York, USA (solo)
2009 Integrity of the Insider, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (solo)
2009 Condensation, Korean Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2008 Siblings and Twins, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
2008 Lethal Love, Cubitt, London, UK (solo)
2006 Unevenly, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands (solo)
2005 Cremer-Preis, LWL – Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany (solo)
2004 Kasse, Shop, Kino und Weiteres, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany (solo)
2004 Unfolding, Dépendance, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2004 Alterity Display, Lawrence O’Hana Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2004 Unfolding Places, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Germany (solo)

Selected Collections

British Council Collection
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK


1994 B.F.A. Seoul National University, Fine Arts College in Seoul, Korea