Nam June Paik  (American/Korean, 1932-2006) 

Nam June Paik (American/South Korean, 1932–2006) was a performance artist, video artist, musician, sculptor, and writer who spent most of his working life in Germany and the United States. From 1952 until 1956, Paik studied music and aesthetics at the University of Tokyo. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Munich and continued to study music at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität. During the 1960s, Paik worked with the artist group known as Fluxus, for which he created performance pieces, experimental films and music. Paik collaborated with the composer John Cage (American, 1912–1992) , with whom he developed a long-term friendship. In addition to composing and performing music, Paik experimented with television broadcasts, and is widely recognized as the first artist to utilize television and video for artistic expression. In 1964, Paik moved to New York and began a long collaborative relationship with cellist Charlotte Moorman (American, 1933–1991). Despite his use of different media and his prolific body of work, Paik is best known for his video installations using television sets. Paik collected and modified old televisions, sometimes filling them with water and goldfish, candles, or assemblages of assorted objects; alternatively, Paik frequently kept the sets reasonably intact but changed the wiring and circuitry to alter the television''''s color and display. Many of these video works, which were displayed either in groups or individually, were exhibited in a 1963 show called Exposition of Music - Electronic Television. Nam June Paik''''s works are currently included in public collections around the world, such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., the Fukuoka Art Museum in Fukuoka, Japan, the Musée d''Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

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Nam June Paik, Ohne Titel (TV-Poem)


Nam June Paik
Ohne Titel (TV-Poem)

Auction: May 3, 2014
Dr. Andreas Sturies
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Nam June Paik, Untitled (set of 10 works)


Nam June Paik
Untitled (set of 10 works)

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Nam June Paik, Diamond Sat


Nam June Paik
Diamond Sat

Galerie Hans Mayer
Nam June Paik, Life is Tape


Nam June Paik
Life is Tape
circa 1976

Galerie Inge Baecker
Nam June Paik, Allen in Vision


Nam June Paik
Allen in Vision

Carl Solway Gallery
Nam June Paik, Flower


Nam June Paik
circa 2005-2006
Nam June Paik, Main Channel Matrix


Nam June Paik
Main Channel Matrix

Art & Public
Nam June Paik, Ingrid Bergman


Nam June Paik
Ingrid Bergman

Keitelman Gallery
Nam June Paik, TV is New Heart


Nam June Paik
TV is New Heart

Gallery Hyundai
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Nam June Paik, Telephone X


Nam June Paik
Telephone X, 2000
resin, brush, felt, LCD and other Electronic items


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Nam June Paik, NY + Paris = ART


Nam June Paik
NY + Paris = ART, 1999
color lithograph


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Nam June Paik, NJP atRPMs (set of 7 works)


Nam June Paik
NJP atRPMs (set of 7 works), 1992
screenprints on 12 inch laser discs, aluminum brackets and vintage television tubes


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1932   Born in Seoul, South Korea
1956   Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Japan
1956 - 1958   Studied History of Music at Munich University, Germany
Studied Composition at Freiburg Conservatory, Freiburg, Germany
1962   Participated in the Fluxus-Festival, Wiesbaden
1971   Worked at WNET's TV lab in New York, NY
1979   Taught at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Germany
1987   Elected a member of the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
1991   Received the Skowhegan Medal for Video, ME
1991 - 1992   Received the Goslar Kaiserringes Award
Received the UNESCO Picasso Medal
1993   Received Best Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy
1998   Received the Kyoto Award
1999   Received the International Distinguished Artist Award, Miami, FL
2000   Received National Arts Club Artists Award, New York, NY
2006   Died in Miami, FL
2013   This is Not a Love Song - La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
Die Bildhauer. Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 1945 bis heute - K20 Grabbeplatz, Dusseldorf
Video Vintage 1963-1983 - Beirut Art Center, Beirut
Storage Telling I - Extra-ordinary - Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
sous influences - arts plastiques et psychotropes - La Maison Rouge, Paris
2012   Nam June Paik: Global Visionary - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2011   Nam June Paik - LEE galerie BERLIN, Berlin
VIDEO SCREENING 2 2011 - Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu
In the Tower: Nam June Paik - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Nam June Paik - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
2010   Nam June Paik - FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool (England)
Nam June Paik - Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (England)
Nam June Paik - Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf
Nam June Paik - Galleria Six, Milan
2009   Media Alchemy - Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA
Nam June Paik - Johyun Gallery - Busan, Busan
Nam June Paik Live Feed: 1972 -1994 - James Cohan Gallery - New York, New York City, NY
Nam June Paik - CAFA Art Museum - China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Nam June Paik - Music for all Senses - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
2008   Nam June Paik. Works from the ZKM Collection, Foyer of the EnBW, Karlsruhe, Germany (solo)
2007   Nam June Paik , doART Beijing, China (solo)
2006   Bye Bye, Nam June Paik, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2004   Nam June Paik: Global Groove, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
2003   Nam June Paik: Drawings, Mano Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2002   Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
2001   The Worlds of Nam June Paik, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
Over the Century, Galerie BHAK, Seoul, South Korea
2000   Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Guggenheim Museum, New York
The World of Nam June Paik, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Hoam Museum, Seoul, South Korea
1999   Medium Is The Message, TV Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Nam June Paik: Fluxus/Video, Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany
1998   The Concrete Signal, College of Pennsylvania Galleries,York, PA
1997   Galerie Bhak, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY (solo)
National Museum of American Art, Washington
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Skulpture Projects in Munster, Westfalisches Landesmuseum, Munster, Germany
1996   Museum of Art, San Jose
Culturgest, The Electronic Super Highway: Nam June Paik in the Nineties, Lisbon
1995   Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
1994   The Howard Wise Gallery: TV as a Creative Medium, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1993   Feedback and Feedforth, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Artist as Nomad, German Pavilion, Venice Biennale 1993, Venice, Italy (solo)
1992   Pour la Suite du Monde, Musée D'art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
New Video Sculptures, Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
Eco-lumbus and Rocketship to Virtual Venus, Korean Pavilion, World Expo, Seville, Spain (solo)
Nam June Paik: Retrospective, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Nam June Paik: Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Nam June Paik: Arti Elettroniche, Cinema e Media Verso il XXI Secolo, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (solo)
Nam June Paik: Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, South Korea
1991   Nam June Paik: Retrospective, Kunsthaus, Zurich; Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
Recent Video Sculptures, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (solo)
1990   Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany(solo)
Pre-Bell Man, Public Sculpture, Deutsches Post Museum, Frankfurt (solo)
Video Arbor (Public Sculpture), Forest City Residential Development, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Galerie Maurice Keitelman, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1989   La Fée Electronique Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (solo)
Galerie du Génie, Paris, France (solo)
Galerie de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
Mayor Rowan Gallery, London, England (solo)
Galerie Juana Mordo, Madrid, Spain(solo)
Weisses Haus, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1988   Nam June Paik: Beuys and Bogie, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Nam June Paik: Color Bar Paintings, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY solo)
Nam June Paik: Family of Robot, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London, England (solo)
1986   Nam June Paik: Sculpture, Painting and Laser Photography, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985   Nam June Paik: Family of Robot, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; International Art Exposition, Chicago, IL (solo)
1984   Mostly Video, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Tribute to Marshall McLuhan, Galerie Esperanza, Montreal, Canada (solo)
1982   60'80 attitudes/concepts/images, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nam June Paik, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)
Tri-Colour Video, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France (solo)
Retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1981   Program of videotapes, Sony Hall, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Random Access/Paper TV, Gallery Watari, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Laser Video (with Horst Baumann), Die Nutzlichen Kunste, West Berlin, Germany (solo)
1980   Nam June Paik (retrospective of videotapes)The New American Filmmakers Series, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
Videa, Gallery Watari, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Laser Video (with Horst Baumann, assisted by Peter Kolb), Stadtische Kunst-halle, Dusseldorf, Germany
1978   A Tribute to John Cage, Gallery Watari, Tokyo, japan (solo)
Fluxus Traffic, Rene Block Gallery, Berlin, Germany
TV Garden, Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
Nam June Paik, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (solo)
1977   Projects: Nam June Paik, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
Fluxus Traffic, Galerie Rene Block, West Berlin, Germany (solo)
Nam June Paik, Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1976   Moon is the Oldest TV-set, Rene Block Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Nam June Paik: Werke 1946-1976: Musik-Fluxus-Video, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany;Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Fish Flies on Sky, Galeria Bonino, New York, NY (solo)
Video Film Concert (films in collaboration with Jud Yalkut), The Kitchen, New York, NY (solo)
1975   Nam June Paik, Rene Block Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Fish on the Sky-Fish hardly flies anymore on the Sky-let Fishes fly again, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1974   Nam June Paik: TV Sea: Electronic Art IV, Galeria Bonino, New York, NY (solo)
Nam June Paik: Video'n'Videology 1959-1973, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Electronic Art IV, Galeria Bonino, New York, NY (solo)
1972   Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1971   Cineprobe, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Videoshow, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Elctronic Art III: Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer with Charlotte Moorman, Galeria Bonino in collaboration with Intermedia Institute, New York, NY
Hit and Run Screening of Video Films (films in collaboration with Jud Yalkut), Rizzoli Screening Room, New York, NY (solo)
Video Film Concert (films in collaboration with Jud Yalkut), Millennium Film Workshop, New York, NY (solo)
1968   Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
Nam June Paik, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY (solo)
1967   Expanding Perceptions in the Arts, Art Center of the Paul Klapper Library, Queens College, City University of New York, NY (solo)
1965   NJ Paik: Electronic TV, Color TV Experiments, 3 Robots, 2 Zen Boxes & 1 Zen Can, New School for Social Research New York, NY (solo)
Galleria Bonino, New York, NY
1963   Exposition of Music-Electronic Television, Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany (solo)
1959   Galerie 22, Dusseldorf, Germany
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid, Spain
  DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin, Germany
  Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2009    Nam June Paik: Exposition of Music, Electronic Television, Revisited. Köln, Germany: Walther König, 2009 (catalogue)
2004    Hanhardt, John G, Jones, Caitlin and Anja Osswald. Nam June Paik: Global Groove. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2004
2003    Hanhardt, John G, editor. The Worlds Of Nam June Paik. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2003 (catalogue)
1996    Nam June Paik: Baroque Laser.Ostfildern, Germany: Cantz, 1996
1982    Hanhardt, John G, editor. Nam June Paik. New York: Norton, 1982