Gallery talks — 1 Apr 2020

The exhibition Nam June Paik – The Future is Now gives an overview of the work of Nam June Paik (1932, Korea - US, 2006), one of the most visionary and influential pioneers of early video art. His work is multidisciplinary, experimental, innovative and playful, and of great influence to the generations that followed him. Paik was early to recognize the future impact of mass media and coined the term ‘electronic highway’, thus predicting the future of communication in the internet age. As Paik related art to technology, and East to West, he reflected on the influence of technology on globalization, and with that on our daily lives.

Museum ticket + € 3
Stedelijk Museum
1 Apr, 4 pm until 5 pm
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In line with national policy relating to the coronavirus, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will be temporarily closed for visitors until further notice. Possible rescheduling of this event will be communicated here.

This edition of the Gallery Talks series provides a unique opportunity to hear different perspectives on the work of Nam June Paik. Leontine Coelewij curated the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. Join her on April 1st for an introduction to his oeuvre.


Leontine Coelewij is curator for contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and compiled the exhibition Nam June Paik – The Future is Now. She was the founder of the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (1993-1998), where she made exhibitions with artists including Inez van Lamsweerde, Rineke Dijkstra, and Lily van der Stokker. Together with Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, she organized the exhibitions Wild Walls (1995) and From the Corner of the Eye (1996) at the Stedelijk. She organized various group exhibitions at the temporary location Stedelijk Museum CS, such as 20/20 Vision (2004, with Mathias Poledna, Steve McQueen, and Marc Bijl), Time and Again (2004, with Paulina Ołowska, Wilhelm Sasnal, Roman Ondak, and Deimantas Narkevicius), Mapping the Studio (2006), and Mapping the City (2007), as well as solo presentations with Tobias Rehberger and Florian Pumhösl. Since the reopening of the museum in 2012, Coelewij has curated exhibitions such as Marlene Dumas – The Image as Burden (2014), Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art (2016), Edward Krasiński (2017) and Lily van der Stokker – Friendly Good (2018/2019). Coelewij obtained a MA in art history and archeology from the University of Amsterdam.

Nam June Paik installeert TV Buddha in het Stedelijk Museum. Foto: Rene Block
Nam June Paik installeert TV Buddha in het Stedelijk Museum. Foto: Rene Block