For VIP’s Union, the Korean artist Haegue Yang has asked “very important persons” – VIPs – from Graz and Styria to loan a chair or table of their choice.
These are people who are important for the Kunsthaus Graz, since they have a close relationship to the institution in very different ways. In this way a collective portrait of the Kunsthaus emerges, blended from many individual elements. As an expression, each item is different and the loan is based on the generosity of those involved.
Arranged by the artist, the presentation of VIP’s Union will consist of two phases. Firstly – from June 22nd 2017 – the furniture will be on show throughout the building. In the second phase, from February 8th to April 2nd 2018, an exhibition in Space02 and a publication will conclude the project. VIP’s Union in Graz is connected with earlier presentations from this series, realised in Berlin, Bristol, Antwerp, Bonn and Seoul. It is also the portrait of a cultural landscape of each place, both abstract and yet also very concrete, since it reveals a range of tastes and ideas about “very important persons”, and maps their connection with each of the cultural institutions as a potential community.
Image: Haegue Yang, VIP’s Union, 2017 (detail), photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner
Cat’s scratching post: Martin Behr (lender), made by Georg Ruckli; ‘Kubus’ rocking chair: anonymous (lender); child’s wooden folding chair: Karla Kowalski (lender); ‘The last chair’: Christine and Bertrand Conrad-Eybesfeld (lenders), by Mathis Esterhazy, 1995; armchair: Günter Eisenhut (lender), from the estate of Herbert Eichholzer, c. 1930; ‘Fetisch‘ (fetish): Günter Eisenhut (lender), furniture object by Arnold Reinisch from the series ‘adjective furniture’, 2006
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