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Nam June Paik retrospective at Tate Liverpool

With a Korean curator at Tate Liverpool since the beginning of 2008, it was only a matter of time before there was going to be a blockbuster Korean show there. Curator Lee Sook-kyung moved to Tate Liverpool from the Kings Lynn Arts Centre in 2008, having previously worked at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.

The Nam June Paik exhibition at Tate Liverpool kicks off on 17 December, and lasts until 13 March. There are some good educational events to go with it. Got to be worth a trip up to Liverpool.

Nam June Paik
Video Artist, Performance Artist, Composer and Visionary

Tate Liverpool 17 December 2010 – 13 March 2011

Nam June Paik - Uncle, 1986

About the exhibition

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 – 1992) 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 will showcase 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

For more information about which Paik works are appearing at Tate Liverpool and FACT, check out the exhibition guide on the right hand side of this screen (coming soon).

Groups of ten or more receive discounted entry to Nam June Paik when booking at least two weeks in advance of their visit. Adult tickets £5, concessions £4. Discounts are available Tuesday to Friday only.

Special introductory talks to this exhibition are available at an additional cost of £5 per person. Family tickets are available from £12.

For more information and to book please call 0151 702 7400.


Talks and discussions


Study days for adults



(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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