Smithsonian American Art Museum announces Nam June Paik. Global Visionary

The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents Nam June Paik. Global Visionary an exhibition on view December 13, 2012 – August 11, 2013.

The artwork and ideas of the Korean-born artist Nam June Paik transformed the art of the 20th century. His innovative, media-based artwork was grounded in the practices of avant-garde music and performance art, which he used to expand the electronic media of video and television. Nam June Paik: Global Visionary will offer an unprecedented view into the artist’s creative method by featuring key artworks that convey Paik’s extraordinary accomplishments as a major international artist as well as material drawn from the Nam June Paik Estate Archive, which was acquired by the museum in 2009. Paik’s writings and the materials he collected reveal the influences of Asian and Western philosophy as well as the developments in technology and science that informed his thinking and art making.

The exhibition will present artworks from the museum’s collection, including Zen for TV (1963/1976), Megatron/Matrix (1995), and Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii (1995), as well as loans, including Urmusik (Primitive Music) (1961) from Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, TV Garden (1974) from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Buddha Complex (1982) from the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. Paik’s rarely seen installation Moon Projection with E Moon and Birds (1996), on loan from the Paik Estate, also will be on display. A wide selection of materials from the Estate Archive, including televisions, radios, antiques, toys, cameras, writings, announcements for exhibitions and performances, and correspondence, along with an interactive kiosk, will allow visitors to explore this material’s relationship to Paik’s artworks and working practice. John G. Hanhardt, senior curator for media arts and the leading expert on Paik and his global influence, is organizing the exhibition. –

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