Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik

Museum kunstpalast

Nam June Paik, “Mercury,” 1991 (Detail)
Multi-Monitor-Installation, Ø 140 cm, T= 50 cm
2 channels, neon systems, 12 TVs (color, no sound)*

September 12, 2010

Exhibition initiated and developed by museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, and Tate Liverpool
11 September – 21 November 2010

Photographic Archive of the Rhine Art Scene (AFORK)
11 September 2010 – 23 January 2011

International Media Art Prize of the North Rhine-Westphalia Art Foundation
1 October 2010 – 23 January 2011

Ehrenhof 4-5
40479 Düsseldorf
T 0049/211/8990200
F 0049/211/8929307
info [​at​]

In collaboration with Tate Liverpool, the museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to Nam June Paik (*Seoul 1932, +Miami 2006), founder of video and media art. With numerous loans drawn from both international public and private collections, the exhibition brings together German, Anglo-American and Korean research on Paik’s work for the first time and provides an extensive overview of the crucial developments of this extraordinary and influential artist of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The spectrum of this unique showcase ranges from music, (Fluxus-) actions and performance through to the media works: here the “materialised” works – such as the elaborate installations of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s – are juxtaposed with video works as well as musical scores, (Fluxus-) concepts and manuscripts dating from the 1950s and 1960s as explosive intellectual charges.

Over thirty large sculptural works will be displayed, numbering among which is the installation Laser Cone, from 1998, to be shown in Germany for the first time, a work stemming from the last of Paik’s creative phases during which period he further developed and adopted laser technology into his work. Some of the other exhibition highlights are Egg Grows, 1984, One Candle, 1989, and Internet Dream, 1994. Similarly presented for the first time as part of an exhibition, is a large group of the famous TV Buddhas.

Sponsored by:

Metro / UBS

The Düsseldorf exhibition will be accompanied by the show of photographs PAIK ‘N’ PAIK with a focus on the artist Nam June Paik, drawing from the archive AFORK (Photographic Archive of the Rhine Art Scene) which is located at museum kunst palast and was founded 2003. The exhibition PAIK ‘N’ PAIK shows with over 100 photographs, an illustrated biography of this extraordinary and greatly influential artist of the 20th and 21st century.

To mark the PAIK AWARD, in co-operation with the NRW Art Foundation, Düsseldorf’s museum kunst palast is exhibiting the work of the artists nominated for this year’s prize. This year the Nam June Paik Award will be presented for the fifth time. The award seeks to bring together, in a single exhibition, young artists whose work shows a connection to that of Nam June Paik: 4nchor5 la6, Ei Wada a.k.a. Crab Feet, Hajnal Németh, Chelpa Ferro, Ali Kazma, Eike, Rosa Barba and Ignas Krunglevicius. This year’s panel of experts, convened under the chairmanship of Udo Kittelmann (Berlin), has an international flavour, with Solange Farkas from São Paulo, Antonio Muntadas from Barcelona/New York, Miklós Peternák from Budapest and Yukiko Shikata from Tokyo.

Sponsored by:

KUnststiftung NRW

Further information on

Press Contact:
museum kunst palast
Marina Schuster / Christina Bolius
Ehrenhof 4-5, 40479 Düsseldorf, Germany
T 0049 211 8996211 / T 0049 211 8996250
F 0049/211/8929307 /

*© Nam June Paik Estate, New York, 2010/ Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf
Photo by Sascha Dressler

Stiftung museum kunst palast

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