NAM JUNE PAIK


Born in Seoul (Korea) June 20th, 1932, died in Miami, Florida January 31, 2006. In 1956 Paik graduated from the University of Tokyo, concluding his studies with a thesis on Arnold Schonberg. In 1956 he moved to Germany and studied at Munich University where he met the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. He studies Composition at Freiburg Conservatory and in 1963 meets John Cage. During this time he also works in the Studio for Elektronic Music at WDR in Cologne, and performs pieces of his "action music". In 1963 he participates in "Fluxus International Music Festival", and has the first exhibition to include manipulated TV monitors at Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal, Germany. In 1964 he meets the electronics engineer Shuya Abe with whom he will later create the first video synthisizer. In 1965 he moves to New York and begins his long collaboration with the cellist Charlotte Moorman and has his first solo exhibition of "Electronic Art" at Galeria Bonino, New York. He buys an early version of the portable video recorder and starts making his first recordings. "Electronic Opera No. 1" is performed at the live program "The Medium is the Medium", GBH-TV, Boston 1970. Works at WNET's TV lab, New York and in 1976 has his first retrospective at Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. 1979 - 1995 Chair at Staatliche Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf.1982 Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. January 1st, 1984 he produces the first around the world satellite broadcast of "Good Morning Mr. Orwell" from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and a WNET-TV studio, New York. Exhibition "Video Time - Video Space" at Kunsthalle Basel and Kunsthalle Zurich, subsequently shown in Dusseldorf and Vienna receives Goslar Kaiserringes Award in 1993. Nam June Paik with Hans Haake represents Germany in XLV Venice Biennale d' Arte 1993. Exhibition "Electronic Super Highway" travels to museums in the United States and to Lisbon, Portugal, 1994 -95. !997 participates in Munster Sculpture Project with "32 Cars for the Twentieth Century; Play Mozart's Requiem Quietly".


Nam June Paik
Key to the Highway (Rosetta Stone), 1995
Intaglio, relief etching and screenprint, 34"x28",
signed and numbered edition of 64.


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