Paik’s use of technology was innovative and playful. He is widely regarded as the found of video art and his influence continues to this day. In his early years Paik was inspired by – and later collaborated with– the hugely influential avant garde composer John Cage. When he moved to New York in 1964 he began working with classical cellist Charlotte Moorman, using TV screens in innovative ways to present her performance. The two went on to cause quite the furore when Moorman performed topless for Paik’sOpera Sextronique.
This will be the first comprehensive survey of Paik’s career shown in the UK, with over 200 works going on display. It will explore his love of the TV set, with large-scale installations such as TV Garden (1974/2002), in which dozens of televisions appear to grow like strange flowers from lush foliage. The exhibition will also chart his instrumental role in Fluxus, an international network of avant-garde artists, composers and poets.
The exhibition will climax with Paik’s monumental installation Sistine Chapel (1993), which will be recreated here for the first time since he won the prestigious Golden Lion for the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
|What||Nam June Paik exhibition, Tate Modern|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
17 Oct 19 – 09 Feb 20, Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday
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