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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Nam June Paik

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Nam June Paik, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery focuses on the works the Korean-American artist. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Bakelite Robot, 2002, by Nam June Paik
2. Untitled, 2003, by Nam June Paik
3. Nixon, 1965 – 2002, by Nam June Paik

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum : Nam June Paik

  • Born in Korea, Paik completed high school in Seoul before moving to Japan. In Tokyo, he studied musicology at the University of Tokyo. In the mid 50s, he migrated to Europe. He continued his education in musicology, art and philosophy in Germany.
  • Paik is an important artist of the post war era. His works are highly Conceptual. And are also inspired by the Neo Dada and Fluxus movements.
  • He engaged with a variety of different media. Often combining video, audio and performative elements.
  • Paik’s works feature in several important collections around  the world. The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium. Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC. All these feature artworks by Paik.
  • In addition to this, the Paik Art Center was set up in Yongin, Korea in 2008. It holds temporary exhibitions of his works as well as has an elaborate permanent collection.
  • Paik also received several honours and awards in his lifetime including the Kyoto Prize in Arts & Philosophy in 1998. And the Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale.

A Final Thought :

Paik is often considered to be the first to popularise video art as a form of Contemporary art.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there. 

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