Haegue Yang

Seoul / Berlin

Born in 1971, Seoul. Lives and works between Seoul and Berlin.

Haegue Yang lives and works in Berlin and Seoul. She serves as Vice-Rector of the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, where she also received her MFA in 1999. Spanning a vast range of media – from collage to kinetic sculpture and room-scaled installations – Yang’s work links disparate histories and traditions in a visual idiom all her own. The artist draws on a variety of craft techniques and materials, and the cultural connotations they carry: from drying racks to Venetian blinds, hanji paper to artificial straw.

She is known for her multisensory environments that activate perception beyond the visual, creating immersive experiences that treat issues such as labor, migration and displacement from the oblique vantage of the aesthetic. Ensuring that her references remain wayward and personalized, Yang prizes fluidity over unified narratives. “Maintaining an aporia between form and content, material and subject, abstraction and history, is an act of translating the struggle of one’s life,” she has said.

A recipient of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize in 2018 and the 13th Benesse Prize at the Singapore Biennale in 2022, Yang has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at museums around the world, including the Pinacoteca de São Paulo (2023), the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2022); the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2020); Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom (2020); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2020); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2018); Centre George Pompidou, Paris (2016); Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul (2015); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); and the Korean Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Her work has been the subject of numerous essays and monographs and is included in public collections across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.