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M+ Commission: Haegue Yang

M+ Commission: Haegue Yang

12 Nov 2021
12 Nov 2022
Location: Found Space

Commissioned by M+ in 2021 and consisting of gleaming cords of bells, Haegue Yang’s Sonic Rescue Ropes stretch from ceilings of different heights all the way down to the floor. Their shiny visual effect and sublime, resonating sounds conjure shamanistic and pagan associations. Yang took inspiration from the traditional Korean folk tale Sister Sun and Brother Moon, which describes how two siblings became celestial bodies by climbing ropes from the heavens to escape danger on the ground. Yang’s multisensory abstract sculptures transform the soaring architecture of the museum into a mystical yet common civilisational space of aural storytelling and cosmic orientation.

M+ facilitators will occasionally activate the work. A second phase of this commission with additional pieces will be on view from spring 2022.

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

About the Artist

Haegue Yang’s multidisciplinary practice articulates powerful narratives that explore history, memory, and cultural significance. Her large-scale installations and participatory sculptures are often composed of everyday objects, such as bells, venetian blinds, industrial fans, and spotlights, and can be activated to evoke an emotional bond with the viewer through their visual, tactile, and acoustic qualities.

Photo: Cheongjin Keem

Image at top: Haegue Yang. Sonic Rescue Ropes, 2021. Commissioned by M+, 2021. © Haegue Yang. Photo Courtesy: Lok Cheng & Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

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