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Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik TV Garden 1974-7 (2002) Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf, Germany) © Estate of Nam June Paik Photo: Tate (Roger Sinek)

The visionary artist who embraced mass media and new technology

Nam June Paik’s experimental, innovative, yet playful work has had a profound influence on today’s art and culture. He pioneered the use of TV and video in art and coined the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ to predict the future of communication in the internet age.

This major exhibition will be a mesmerising riot of sights and sounds. It brings together over 200 works from throughout his five-decade career – from robots made from old TV screens, to his innovative video works and all-encompassing room-sized installations such as the dazzling Sistine Chapel 1993.

Born in South Korea in 1932, but living and working in Japan, Germany and the USA, Paik developed a collaborative artistic practice that crossed borders and disciplines. The exhibition looks at his close collaboration with cellist Charlotte Moorman. It will also highlight partnerships with other avant-garde artists, musicians, choreographers and poets, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Joseph Beuys.

Organised by Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Nam June Paik is presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational.

statue of buddha sat on plinth facing a small tv screen and camera

Nam June Paik TV Buddha 1974 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam © The Estate of Nam June Paik

stacked grid of tvs against a white wall

Nam June Paik TV Eyeglasses 1971 Collection & © The Estate of Nam June Paik

a pair of blue goggles and electronic wiring

Nam June Paik Internet Dream 1994 ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe © The Estate of Nam June Paik

two men dancing and fish

Nam June Paik Merce by Merce by Paik: Part Two: Merce and Marcel 1978 Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York and the Estate of Nam June Paik © The Estate of Nam June Paik

man on floor surrounded by wires and tv screens

© The Estate of Nam June Paik

Tate Modern

The Eyal Ofer Galleries

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


17 October 2019 – 9 February 2020


£13 / FREE for Members

Concessions £12

Family child 12–18 years £5

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

16–25? Join Tate Collective for £5 tickets

See the exhibition for just £10 during Uniqlo Tate Lates. (Offer valid on visits from 18.00 during Uniqlo Tate Lates only.)

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Tickets can be booked online or by phone on +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 (9.45–18.00 daily)

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This exhibition contains flashing and bright lights, nudity and artworks with magnets. These elements can be avoided if required – please speak to the member of staff at the exhibition door.

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