Video artist, performance artist, composer and visionary: Nam June Paik (1932–2006) was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) present the first major retrospective since the artist’s death, and the first exhibition of Paik’s work in the UK since 1988.
Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool showcases around ninety works from all phases of his career, many shown in the UK for the first time, alongside a rich selection of documentary materials from Paik’s performances and early exhibitions.
The exhibition celebrates Paik as the inventor of media art. At a time when television was still a novelty, Paik foresaw the future popularity of this new and exciting medium. Thought-provoking works like TV Buddha 1989 explore the clashing cultures of east and west, old and new, while Video Fish 1979–92 considers nature versus the man made featuring both television sets and live fish in aquariums.
With artworks ranging from scores of early music performances and Paik’s involvement in the Fluxus movement to TV works, impressive robot sculptures and large-scale video installations; Tate Liverpool’s exhibition will both entertain and inspire.
The exhibition continues at FACT. Focusing on Paik’s innovative use of creative technology, FACT showcases the major laser installation Laser Cone 1998 for the first time in the UK, along with sixteen single-channel video works, including Global Groove 1973 and groundbreaking satellite videos Good Morning Mr Orwell 1984 and Bye Bye Kipling 1986.
Nam June Paik is initiated and developed by Tate Liverpool and museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, and is curated by Sook-Kyung Lee and Susanne Rennert. The exhibition in Liverpool is developed and presented by Tate Liverpool in collaboration with FACT.