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SONAE//SERRALVES COMMISSION - HAEGUE YANG: AN OPAQUE WIND PARK IN SIX FOLDS
from 22 JUN 2016 to 04 JUN 2017
For this edition of Sonae//Serralves Commission, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds by Korean artist Haegue Yang (Seoul, 1971) in the midst of the gardens of the Serralves Park. The newly commissioned work is composed of five partially arched towers, of varying dimensions constructed from brick and connected via a geometric layout of paving stones.  Occupying an area of almost 70 square metres, this ambitious sculptural complex invites the viewer to walk around and between the hybrid landscape of its multiplying structures. 

Yang’s sculptural approach conventionalizes the layout of Islamic symmetric geometry, notably the form of the hexagon, created by a subdivision of the circle into six equal divisions or folds. Square units of 72 x 72 cm serve as the footprint for the slabs and towers of varying heights and constructed from clay fired bricks in an accumulation of geometric configurations. The three different colour tones of the bricks contribute to the ornamental patterning of the towers and their interconnected facades. Embedded into and through Yang’s built complex are diverse types of plants and vegetation, including succulents, ivies, and grasses that are intended to grow, creep, flower and die over the year of the commissioned work’s presence in the gardens of Serralves. 

An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds eschews monolithic statement for living structure that merges the constructive and aesthetic application of mathematics with the organic cycles and transformations of the natural world. Sensory elements, such as the movement of air and wind that are a feature of Yang’s installations, are present in the aluminum turbine vents that sit atop An Opaque Wind Park. Inspired by the traditional wind towers used in buildings in the Arabian and Persian Gulf, Yang first used these standard construction structures for her installation An Opaque Wind at the 12th Sharjah Biennial in 2015. Integrated into the decorative programme of the towers, they become glittering kinetic elements that serve for the artist as a metaphor for migration and transitory encounters. Their significance within the complex of towers, brick, vegetation and wildlife further reinforces the work as an expression of communities and the inter-relations required for co-existence within a globalized age.

A fully illustrated book that surveys previous outdoor works by Haegue Yang will be launched on 22 October at 5 p.m. 

The Sonae//Serralves Commission is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, assisted by Museum curator Marta Moreira de Almeida. 




Image: Haegue Yang, Construction of An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds, 2016. Photo: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto
Related Activities
PUBLIC TALKS: FINE ARTS FACULTY OF LISBON AND PORTO

With the presence of the artist.

23 FEV (Thu), 17h30 
Auditorium of the Fine Arts Faculty of Lisbon

24 FEV (Wed), 18h00 
Aula Magna, Fine Arts Faculty of Porto
With the participation of the Art School Faculty of Évora
PUBLIC TALK: 06 MAY (FRI), 10H00, Coimbra
With the presence of the artist in the Art College of the University of Coimbra. 
PUBLIC TALK AND BOOK LAUNCH: 22 OCT (SAT), 17H00

With Haegue Yang, artist, and Suzanne Cotter, curator of the Sonae//Serralves commission and director of the Serralves Museum.

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  • Days 22 JUN 2016 - 04 JUN 2017

Publication

Haegue Yang: An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds
Haegue Yang completed her Fine Art studies in Seoul and at the prestigious Städelschule in Frankfurt. Exhibitions of her work have been shown at the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2015), MoMA, New York (2015), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015), the Bergen Kunsthalle, Bergen (2013), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg (2013), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2013), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012), Tate Modern (2012), the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2011), Arnolfini, Bristol (2011), the New Museum, New York (2010), and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009). In 2009, Yang represented South Korea in the 53rd Venice Biennial. In 2012, the artist participated in Documenta 13, Kassel. In 2015, she was Artist in Residence at Atelier Calder, in Saché, France. Haegue Yang lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, Korea and is Professor of Fine Art at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. 
Nuno Pimenta, of the University of Porto, Pedro Piris Serrano, of the University of Lisbon and Tiago Costa, of the University of Évora, were the three university students selected to accompany the artist.
In order to encourage artistic production by young Portuguese artists, the Sonae/Serralves project gives an opportunity to three art students to observe the artist during the installation of his work in Serralves Park. Initially selected by the Fine Arts University Professors and in a second phase by the representatives of Sonae and the Serralves Museum, these students will have a unique opportunity to engage directly with the assembly work and artistic and creative process of a renowned international artist.


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