At the Tate Modern, Nam June Paik, Video Pioneer

At the Tate Modern, Nam June Paik, Video Pioneer
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Prophetic, playful, revolutionary - Nam June Paik, the Korean-born artist opened the doors of art to video and television. And when the internet was still just over the horizon, Paik was already speaking of “Electronic Superhighways”. His visionary creations are ready to be revealed to the public in the largest exhibition ever dedicated to the artist in the United Kingdom. The result of a collaboration between the Tate Modern and the San Francisco Museum of Art, the exhibition at the Bankside presents 200 works representing the entire career fo the artist - robots created with old television screens, works of video-art, performances and immersive installations. A hypnotic celebration of images and sounds, but also an open window on the many collaborations that Paik enjoyed with an avant-garde of global proportions - from Fluxus to John Cage, from Merce Cunningham to Joseph Beuys, and then with artists like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed. Not to be missed are the provocative performances created with cellist Charlotte Moorman, involving the television-sculptures of Paik amidst elaborate costumes and props. But, above all, the extraordinary installation Sistine Chapel, reconstructed for the first time in 25 years since it won the Leone d’Oro Prize at the Venice Biennial.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London