Nam June Paik: In the Groove

Nam June Paik: In the Groove

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb

Design: William Linn.

December 12, 2022
Nam June Paik
In the Groove
December 13, 2022–February 28, 2023
The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb
Avenija Dubrovnik 17
HR-10000 Zagreb

Artists: Nam June Paik, Marina Abramović, Vladimir Bonačić, John Cage, Ivo Deković, Nuša i Srečo Dragan, Silvio Foretić, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Sanja Iveković, Nada Kolundžija, Katalin Ladik, Miodrag Lazarev Pashu, George Maciunas, Dalibor Martinis, Charlotte Moorman, Vladimir Petek, Vladan Radovanović, Miroslav Miša Savić, Aleksandar Srnec, Goran Trbuljak, Andrej Zdravič 

Nam June Paik’s fiercely experimental and innovative practice was revolutionary for contemporary art. His pioneering work helped define the emerging field of video and new media art, grounded in both a deep understanding of electronic communication technology and in its powerful effects on a global scale. Throughout his career, Paik traversed a plethora of different fields to contemplate and articulate a new society informed by technology and our relationship to it. His incessant drive to question and repurpose media while taking chances with various approaches to art-making has defined his legacy as a true pioneer in the contemporary art canon.

Although Paik’s artistic merit is most often interpreted through a western lens of modernism and art history, the artist was a truly international phenomenon. From his South Korean childhood and musical education in Japan to his art career in Europe and the United States, Paik brought a global and hybrid perspective to art practice and has inspired countless others from across Asia and the western world. More than any other single artist, Nam June Paik grasped the revolutionary implications for both art and society with the emergence of video technology into the hands of everyday people. He argued presciently for an “electronic superhighway” as an open and free network with a global audience, insubordinate to a monopoly of broadcasters.

Showing his works and his creative processes in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb is not just going to inform regional audiences about Nam June Paik, but also reveal his specific relationships and parallel practices with Croatian, Serbian and Slovenian artists. In this way the exhibition will reconfigure certain aspects of media art from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Curators: Sooyoung Lee, Olga Majcen Linn, Martina Munivrana, Dan Oki

Exhibition partner: Nam June Paik Art Centre (Yongin, Seoul)

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