Nam June Paik

American, born South Korea

1932, Seoul, South Korea
2006, Miami Beach, Florida


Ken Hakuta describes the experience of growing up with his uncle, the artist Nam June Paik, who was at the vanguard of video, sculpture, and performance art. He shares unique insight into a large group of works by Paik, who experimented with ways to distort the images on television screens, created robots from miscellaneous found objects, and even made artwork from Hakuta’s broken childhood toys.

Works in the Collection


Nam June Paik: Kinship, Collaboration, and Commemoration

By Rachel Jans, August 2018
Nam June Paik’s sculptural installation Chongro Cross (1991), titled after the central district of Seoul where his family’s textile factory was once based, weaves together video, film, photography, and the artist’s legacy of experimental performance with traditional Korean rites of commemoration. Here Paik’s poignant recollections of his artistic and ancestral origins reveal his understanding that both old and new media serve as conduits for memory.

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