Nam June Paik At Tate Modern

The visionary artist who embraced mass media and new technology


Nam June Paik TV Garden 1974-7 (2002) Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf, Germany) © Estate of Nam June Paik Photo: Tate (Roger Sinek)
Until February 9, 2020
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.
Nam June Paik, TV Eyeglasses, 1971 Collection © The Estate of Nam June Paik. Photography © Liam Man
Nam June Paik, TV Buddha, 1974 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam © The Estate of Nam June Paik
Photography © Liam Man
Nam June Paik, Internet Dream, 1994, ZKM | Centre of Art and Media, Karlsruhe © The Estate of Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik, Merce by Merce by Paik: Part Two: Merce and Marcel, 1978, Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York ann the Estate of Nam June Paik © The Estate of Nam June Paik
Photography © Liam Man
© The Estate of Nam June Paik