Tate Modern Exhibition

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)

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 is 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 US, Paik developed a collaborative artistic practice that crossed borders and disciplines. The exhibition looks at his close collaboration with cellist Charlotte Moorman. It also highlights partnerships with other avant-garde artists, musicians, choreographers and poets, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Joseph Beuys.

Exhibition organised by Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and National Gallery of Singapore.

Nam June Paik is presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational.

person sat in front of stacked grid of tvs in a dark room

Nam June Paik TV Eyeglasses 1971 Collection & © The Estate of Nam June Paik. Photography © Liam Man

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

person in gallery surrounded by a metal structure and projections on the walls

Photography © Liam Man

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

person stood in exhibition gallery

Photography © Liam Man

man on floor surrounded by wires and tv screens

© The Estate of Nam June Paik

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The Eyal Ofer Galleries

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17 October 2019 – 9 February 2020

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