The Cone of Concern
October 15, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Phillipines

Installation view of The Cone of Concern , Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Phillipines, 2020

Photo: Maculangan/ Pioneer Studios
Video: Marvin Matias/ Chimera Visions, Studio Haegue Yang


Press Release

MCAD’s exhibition, Haegue Yang: The Cone of Concern is the first solo exhibition in the Philippines of celebrated Korean artist Haegue Yang (b. 1971, Seoul, South Korea), who lives and works between the cities of Seoul and Berlin since the mid-nineties. One of the most widely shown artists of her generation in the world today, Haegue is known for producing a form of conceptual language and an aesthetic vocabulary that is uniquely interwoven.

The title of the exhibition, The Cone of Concern, refers to a graphic tool for weather forecasting which specifically traces the path of an oncoming storm or tropical depression. This system built to predict the path of a typhoon presents how the human will attempts to confront the nature of natural phenomena. The artistic proposal in the midst of this concept is to draw out the metaphoric towards the notion of solidarity amongst those facing difficult circumstances, and with human imagination, understand our very own condition in the universe. Her interest in phenomena foregrounds the exhibition, placing a complex layer of objects— woven anthropomorphic sculptures, light sculptures, rotating sound bells, whirlwind-derived structures, textile canopies and sound elements—against a lenticular print backdrop of a digitally altered meteorological image.

The exhibition will launch exclusively for viewing via MCAD’s online social channels on Thursday, 15 October 2020 at 5PM [GMT +8] with a series of supporting digital events.

Haegue Yang: The Cone of Concern is generously supported by the Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, Korea Arts Management Service, Fund for Korean Art Abroad, Hyundai Card, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), and produced in collaboration with S.C. Vizcarra.


Exhibited works

The Intermediates, 2015-

Carsick Drawings, 2006-

Certificates, 2010-2011

Cutting Board Prints, 2012

Trustworthies, 2010-

Hardware Store Collages, 2012-

Non-Foldings – Geometric Tipping, 2013

Seasoning Papers, 2013

Social Conditions of the Sitting Table, 2001

Traces of Anonymous Pupil Authors, 2001

Triptych Moon, 2013



Haegue Yang: The Cone of Concern, 2020