Nam June Paik used television as an artistic medium from the early 1960s and developed a unique style of video art based on technological innovation and creative experimentation. Although art and technology were often seen as opposites, Paik paved a way to integrate them.
Paik was born in South Korea and studied music in Japan and Germany. Influenced by and working alongside musicians such as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and artists such as Joseph Beuys, he developed a great interest in electronic music and anarchic performances. Paik was also closely involved in the New York avant-garde and Fluxus, an informal international group of experimental artists active from the early 1960s to the late 1970s.
The works here show the diversity of Paik’s practice, which drew on his observations of everyday life and the increasing influence of mass media. They represent Paik’s visionary approach and his continued relevance to contemporary art.
Curated by Sook-Kyung Lee and Matthew Gale.
This display celebrates the work of Nam June Paik, made available through the generosity of the Hakuta Family, and including acquisitions supported by Hyundai Motor Company, Tate Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Tate Americas Foundation.