The Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at the Museum Ludwig has named artist Haegue Yang the recipient of the 2018 Wolfgang Hahn Prize. Since it was established in 1994, the prize has been awarded annually to artists who have an “oeuvre that has consistently and substantially continued to develop and is recognized by international experts.”
Born in Seoul in 1971, Haegue Yang is the first Asian artist to be selected for the prize. The award ceremony will take place during Art Cologne on April 17, 2018. The prize includes the acquisition of a work or series of works by the artist for the collection of the Museum Ludwig, an exhibition, and an accompanying publication. Yang will also receive roughly $118,000.
The jury included this year’s guest juror, Christina Végh, director of the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover; Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig; Mayen Beckmann, chairwoman of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst; and Gabriele Bierbaum, Sabine DuMont Schütte, Jörg Engels, and Robert Müller-Grünow, board members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst.
“There were three artists in the final round this year, which involved a long and in-depth debate,” Beckmann said. “With Haegue Yang, the transformative element that oscillates between materiality and emptying was the decisive factor: she compellingly realizes this difficult-to-grasp phenomenon both conceptually and aesthetically. The awarding of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize is essentially about recognizing art that points beyond the present.”