Presenting the first noteworthy exhibition to investigate Paik’s creative process showing influences from Asian and Western philosophy via combined technological developments and science.
“Nam June Paik: Global Visionary” will be on view at the museum’s main building in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 13 through Aug. 11, 2013. John G. Hanhardt, senior curator for media arts and the leading expert on Paik and his global influence, is organizing the exhibition with the assistance of Michael Mansfield, associate curator of film and media arts.”
Internationally recognized as the “Father of Video Art,” Korean-born Paik (1932-2006), introduced television and video as a medium and artistic theme. Nam June Paik fundamentally changed the entire contemporary art scene. Making 3D animation and gaming images become legitimate art forms at their conception due to global acceptance of Paik’s work.
“Let’s not be modest about it. I think he created a revolution in art.” —Yoko Ono
“The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the international center for the study of Nam June Paik’s enormous achievements,” said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “Through acquisition of the artist’s personal archive, we offer an unparalleled window onto the artist’s creative career.”
Any college course involving the history of moving images is not complete without crediting Paik’s influence on moving images as an art medium. Paik’s creations Electronic Superhighway, Megatron / Matrix and Zen for TV are displayed permanently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
“The exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to experience a full portrait of the artist and also recognizes Paik’s desire to astonish through a playful aesthetic,” said Hanhardt.
“It will have surprises both for those viewers who have never experienced Paik and for those who feel they know his art.”
Paik’s influence over postmodern artists and their concepts relating to how American celebrities and popular ads became American icons; therefore, television created icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis or Cambell Soup documented by pop artists on silkscreen, oil and video during the middle 20th century.
Global Visionary includes nearly 70 artworks and more than 120 items from the archive. Several rare artworks borrowed from private and public collections in the United States and abroad. The museum presents a robot created by Paik on Twitter under the alias @PaikBot or #paik, for fun try contacting PaikBot.