Haus der Kunst presents Haegue Yang Accommodating the Epic Dispersion – On Non-cathartic Volume of Dispersion

Haus der Kunst presents Haegue Yang Accommodating the Epic Dispersion – On Non-cathartic Volume of Dispersion an installation on view 09.11.12 – 22.09.13.


Installation view Haus der Kunst, photo: Jens Weber, Munich

Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1971, Haegue Yang has lived in Germany since 1994 and is therefore well aware of the challenges faced by those living in a foreign country. The actions and decisions of authors and their characters with immigrant and post-colonial biographies allow the artist the possibility of comparison and identification, while inspiring her work, which also explores migration and uncertainty.

Haegue Yang translates these issues into a spatial experience and introduces abstraction into the narrative: Walking through the installation, the visitor explores the relationship between space, dimensions, weight, and volume, where force and control are manifest, where they are weaker and even lost, and where they are recreated or being reconstructed.

Haegue Yang has exhibited her works in major international institutions, including BAK/basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2006), Portikus, Frankfurt (2008), Artsonje Center, Seoul (2010), New Museum, New York (2010), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011), and Modern Art Oxford (2011). In 2009 she represented South Korea at the 53rd Venice and participated in dOCUMENTA (13), 2012.

The commissioned work was developed specifically for Haus der Kunst’s Middle Hall, which during the National Socialist regime was originally called the “Ehrenhalle” [hall of honor]. Located at the heart of the building, the 800 square-meter hall is being imagined as an open and freely accessible public plaza. It is thus the natural place to commence the evaluation of the criteria surrounding discussions of public space, serving as the principal node of access to the entire contents of the museum. The Middle Hall is also a place where visitors can gather, sit and read, or simply linger. – www.hausderkunst.de

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