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Tate Liverpool announces Samsung sponsorship

Tate Liverpool is delighted to announce that their forthcoming Nam June Paik retrospective, which opens on 17 December 2011

Tate Liverpool is delighted to announce that their forthcoming Nam June Paik retrospective, which opens on 17 December, is to be sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.   

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was a video and performance artist, composer and visionary.  He transformed video into an artist’s medium, reflecting the pace of technological change during his lifetime and beyond.  This new exhibition, the first major retrospective since Paik’s death in 2006 and the first in the UK since 1988, will be enhanced by the use of Samsung’s latest technology.

Paik was an innovator, who celebrated technological advances and experimented with new technology.  He coined the term ‘information superhighway’ and looked to a time when “technology would enable people to communicate immediately.”  Samsung’s support of the exhibition demonstrates the realisation of the artist’s predictions, and will allow gallery visitors to place Paik’s work in the context of our new technological age. 

Samsung is to provide a range of innovative  products to support Tate Liverpool in realising this ambitious display, including the latest blu-ray home cinema HD projectors and 3D enabled LED monitors, which will enrich and enhance the visitor experience.  In addition, twenty-five Samsung personal MP3 players will allow the gallery to offer visitors an exclusive audio tour.  

Samsung has a longstanding association with the South Korean artist.  In 1988, Paik created The More The Better, a three channel video installation for the Olympic Games in Seoul.  The work used 1003 individual monitors, which were provided by Samsung.

David Song, Managing Director of Samsung UK & Ireland said: “We are proud to be sponsoring this new exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Nam June Paik was an innovative Korean artist using technology as inspiration for his work. Samsung’s Korean heritage and state-of-the-art technology make this sponsorship a perfect fit and will help bring this exhibition to life allowing visitors to celebrate Nam June Paik’s work.”

Andrea Nixon, Executive Director at Tate Liverpool said: “We are extremely grateful for Samsung’s support, which has allowed Tate Liverpool to fully realise this ambitious exhibition.  Samsung’s commitment to new technology and innovation echoes that demonstrated by Paik during his lifetime.” 

Nam June Paik is initiated and developed by Tate Liverpool and museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, curated by Sook-Kyung Lee and Susanne Rennert.  The exhibition in Liverpool is presented by Tate Liverpool in creative collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).  Additional support has been provided by The Korea Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

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Nam June Paik
Tate Liverpool and FACT
17 December 2010 – 13 March 2011
Admission £7/£5.50 (FACT - free)

Sponsored by Samsung
With additional support from The Korea Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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