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ARTAn exploration of life through
art at MMCA & Tate Modern

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We proudly continue to support artistic ventures focusing on the exchange of ideas and experiences through a series of global art projects. One of our exciting projects is Haegue Yang’s solo exhibition for the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series.

We are also proud to support Anicka Yi’s largest and most ambitious project to date, the Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi, which will feature a new site-specific installation for none other than the Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall.

* Title image: Anicka Yi, Biologizing The Machine (tentacular trouble), 2019.
  Photo: Renato Ghiazza

Turbine Hall.

Strange Fruit, 2012-13
Installation view of In the Cone of Uncertainty,
The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA, 2019
Photo: Zachary Balber

Inner and outer worlds meet in a captivating solo exhibition by Haegue Yang

We are excited to introduce Haegue Yang’s solo exhibition which will showcase approximately forty pieces with a great variety spanning from installations, sculptures to paintings. Yang is best known for her hybrid sculptures and fascinating large-scale abstract installations interweaving global narratives with folkloric and industrially manufactured materials.

Yang’s unique abstract style is based on geometric forms, expanding into subjects such as domesticity and mysticism as we can see in her new sculptural ensemble Sonic Domesticus(2020) .

Yang’s new works include a digital mural and a large-scale ad-balloon installation which integrates motifs from natural phenomena and extends her previous exploration of multi-sensory elements.

Her work Silo of Silence – Clicked Core(2017) , is an approximately ten-meter tall kinetic sculpture which will be showcased in the Seoul Box.


Silo of Silence – Clicked Core, 2017
Installation view of Silo of Silence – Clicked Core,
KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2017
Photo: Jens Ziehe

About Haegue Yang

Based in Seoul and Berlin, Yang (b. 1971, Seoul) has developed an expansive body of work since the 1990s and is a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, her alma mater.

She has participated in international art exhibitions including the Ven-ice Biennale and Documenta13. Yang’s work has been exhibited and acquired by renowned museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Museum Ludwig, MoMA, and Tate Modern.

Haegure Yang

Haegue Yang, Taipei Dangdai 2019.
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion Di Persano,
Image provided by MMCA

Exploring of humanity’s relationship to nature and technology in Anicka Yi’s new work.

Our 11-year partnership with Tate, confirmed until 2025, represents the longest initial commitment from a corporate partner in the gallery’s history. The Hyundai Commission gives artists the opportunity to create new work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, a space that has hosted works that have transformed public perceptions of contemporary art in the 21st century.

As the sixth in this series of extraordinary works, Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi will reveal the artist’s largest and most ambitious project to date.

Anicka Yi’s work is truly fascinating, as we can see a daring experimentation with unorthodox materials including tempura batter and kombucha leather.

In her works we can see the exploration of the links between art and science, as she draws from the research of philosophers concerned with emerging forms of life and intelligence while also addressing present day questions around migration, class and gender.

Over the years, we have seen Yi presenting a wide range of highly experimental works focusing on the possible new channels of communication between artificial intelligence entities and organic life forms. Giant pods made of kelp filled with animatronic insects (Biologizing The Machine (tentacular trouble), 2019) as well as panels of soil which featured living organisms controlled by artificial intelligence (Biologizing The Machine (terra incognita), 2019) were created for the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Biologizing The Machine

Biologizing The Machine
(tentacular trouble)

Anicka Yi (photo: Renato Ghiazza)

About Anicka Yi

Yi (b. 1971, Seoul) lives and works in New York and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums such as the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum in NYC, Kunsthalle Basel, and the Fridericianum in Kassel. Her work has also been featured at the Venice Biennale in 2019, the Whitney Biennial in 2017, and the Gwangju Biennale in 2016.

She also won the Hugo Boss Prize in 2016 and has held residencies and fellowships at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, the Headlands center for the Arts, and the Center for Art Science and Technology at MIT.

Anicka Yi  (photo: David Heald)

Anicka Yi (photo: David Heald)

Behind the exhibition

Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi will be curated at Tate Modern by Mark Godfrey (Senior Curator), Petra Schmidt (Production Manager), and Carly Whitfield (Assistant Curator) at Tate Modern.

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