Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Haegue Yang

Artist - Globetrotting artist of the everyday object

71 in 2023

  • 202371
  • 201936
  • 201873
  • 201785
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Photo: HAM/Sonja Hyytiäinen. Courtesy Haegue Yang

When the international artworld came to Seoul in September, it was natural that Kukje, which represents Yang, would dedicate a show to her – she is one of South Korea’s biggest art stars. Yang, however, is rarely at home. Incorporating Venetian blinds, clothing racks, synthetic straw and other such diverse materials, her sculpture featured in a vertiginous number of exhibitions this year, ranging from Several Reenactments at SMAK Ghent, which became Continuous Reenactments at Helsinki Art Museum; to Quasi-Colloquial, which inaugurated Pinacoteca de São Paulo’s new contemporary museum; and Changing From From To From at the National Gallery of Australia, the Canberra institution buying most of the show for its collection. For the Kochi-Muziris Biennale she showed a work featuring over 100,000 bells, and at Performa in New York she staged the sixth iteration of The Malady of Death (2015–), a rare performance based on the eponymous Marguerite Duras text, while she prepares for a large- scale survey show in the Hayward Gallery, London, in autumn next year; all this while continuing as a professor at Frankfurt’s Städelschule.

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