Sonae Brings Korean Art to Serralves

Major project between the Portuguese company and the cultural institution to explore Southeast Asian modern art

June 24th, 2016

The collaboration between the Portuguese company Sonae and the Foundation Serralves is unique in Portugal. They have been working together for several years, always bringing international and contemporary artists to expose major projects at Serralves' Museum. The project designed for 2016 is centred on the work of the Korean artist Haegue Yang.

Serralves is one of the most important cultural institutions in Portugal. Located in Porto, it includes a Contemporary Art Museum, a park, a villa, and a Foundation. The Foundation was created in July 1987, as an innovative partnership between the State and civil society, with 50 sector bodies between the public and private sector. The Museum was inaugurated in 1999 by integrating the gardens with the surrounding urban area, where the Park and Villa are.

Sonae is a Portuguese retail company, with partnerships in shopping centres areas and in the software, information system, media and telecommunications industries. It's one of the biggest companies in Portugal, and is also present in more than 60 countries. Sonae is one of the most important partners of Serralves.

In Serralves Museum, the visitor gets to discover the architectural particularities of the different spaces within the building, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira. This year's edition of Sonae/Serralves Commission presents Haegue Yang’s exhibition “An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds”, located in the heart of the gardens of Serralves Park. The exhibition, inaugurated on June 22nd 2016, will be available for a whole year, until June 4th 2017.

The installation is composed of five partially arched towers of different dimensions, constructed from bricks and connected by a geometric layout of paving stones. Its sculptural complex occupies an area of almost 70 square metres. The layout invites the viewer to take a walk between the hybrid landscapes of its multiplying structures.

The artist, Haegue Yang, was born in Seoul in 1971, and her work demonstrates a clear Islamic symmetry influence. The Project is curated by the director of the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Suzanne Cotter, and assisted by the curator Marta Moreira de Almeida.


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