This year Haegue Yang celebrated her debut exhibition with Kukje Gallery in style, transforming Hyun-Sook Lee’s Seoul space into a futuristic landscape complete with a soundtrack: AD 2000 by the Korean singer Hae-kyung Min. Signing Yang was something of a coup for the gallery, given the artist’s current ubiquity (not least opening the new MoMA in New York with her dancing sculptures), but then it’s not as if Lee isn’t used to managing global art stars. In August, Danish collective Superflex took over her Busan outpost, while Ugo Rondinone exhibited in Seoul in May. Joining Yang on the gallery’s artist list were Elmgreen & Dragset, who in March graced the Seoul galleries with a giant sculpture of a human tailbone and a series of abstract paintings created using road-marking paint; while in January, in a demonstration of Lee’s range, the veteran Korean painter Min Joung-Ki exhibited 14 new paintings and 21 examples of his early work.
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