Apr 15, 2022

Haegue Yang at the State Gallery Stuttgart

In the exhibition Moved by Schlemmer, the State Gallery Stuttgart creates a dialogue between the historical figurines of Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet and pieces by former Solitude fellow Haegue Yang and other contemporary artists.

Haegue Yang, »Sonic Gate – Law of Nine«, Part of »Handles«, 2019, © Courtesy of the artist und Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Foto: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

On the occasion of the centenary of the premiere of the Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer in Stuttgart, the exhibition Moved by Schlemmer at the State Gallery Stuttgart explores the reasons for the enduring fascination of this extraordinary artistic synthesis and Schlemmer’s enduring relevance for contemporary art.


Here, Schlemmer’s carefully preserved original figurines are embedded in large-scale installations by three contemporary artists, who confront them with their own artistic questions. The sculpture ensemble Handles by former Solitude fellow Haegue Yang offers a contemporary perspective on Schlemmer’s preoccupation with humans as machines. The six sculptures with wall, floor and sound components can be interpreted as hybrids of human and technical beings. In Handles, Yang continues her previous exploration of the Triadic Ballet, combining the ideas of Schlemmer’s stage costumes with 3D open source drawings of doorknobs and geometric movement patterns after George Gurdjieff (1866-1949). In addition, the sculptures are placed in an (inter-Korean) political context through sound and musical activations.

Haegue Yang, born in 1971, lives and works in Seoul/South Korea and Berlin. The artist’s installations, sculptures and performances can be viewed  internationally in group and solo exhibitions and feature in the collections of the MoMA Collection, New York, and the Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der BRD (FRG Collection of Contemporary Art). In 2018, she received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize Cologne. In 2007, Haegue Yang was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Akademie Schloss Solitude - Haegue Yang at the State Gallery Stuttgart

Haegue Yang, »Sonic Gate – Law of Nine«, Part of »Handles«, 2019, © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Photo: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart


Moved by Schlemmer
100 Years of Triadic Ballet
With installations by Ulla von Brandenburg, Kalin Lindena and Haegue Yang
April 10 through October 9, 2022
State Gallery Stuttgart
Admission: 12 / 10 EUR

Activation of the installation »Handles« by Haegue Yang

On the first Sunday of each month, the sculptures in Haegue Yang’s installation are set in motion three times a day. Accompanied by the composition Images (1968) by Isang Yun, a quartet for flute, oboe, violin and violoncello, the activation highlights the performative aspects of Handles.

Sun 10.4., 1.5., 15.5., 5.6., 3.7., 7.8., 4.9., 2.10. | at 11.00 a.m., 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. respectively | included in the admission fee

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