Nam June Paik: The Future is Now, at Tate Modern

Tate Liverpool had a major retrospective of Nam June Paik’s work in 2010-11. Now is the turn of Tate Modern, focusing on his collaborations with other artists and performers:

Nam June Paik: The Future is Now

17 October 2019 – 9 February 2020
Tate Modern | Bankside | London SE1 9TG
Tickets £13 | FREE for Members | Book tickets

Nam June Paik TV Garden 1974-7
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: The Future is Now is presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries.

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