Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now 


It won’t be hard to visualise a typical visit to the famous ArtScience Museum –  just think projector art and IG-worthy installations. But that’s not the only place in Singapore where you can find immersive art; Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now is a lesser-known exhibit at the National Gallery, running from now till 27th March 2022


Dreamy projector art and TV-inspired exhibits


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If you haven’t heard of Nam June Paik, here’s a quick introduction. The South Korean artist can be considered the OG founder of video art, creating many works over a span of 50 years before his passing in 2006. 

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Here, you’ll be sure to find exhibits that would make you reach for your camera. 180 installations are spread out over multiple zones, with the most eye-catching being the Sistine Chapel. The star of the show features overlapping digital projections flashed across the walls of the museum, casting shadows as you pass.

Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now
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Fun fact: Most of his artworks were created in the 1990s but still remain relevant today.

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More than that, you’ll also find a wide variety of artworks that bring to life Paik’s take on technology and culture including plenty of works based on the old-school telly. 


Visit the exhibition before it ends in March


Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now has graced London’s Tate Modern, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, with Singapore being the last stop in its world tour. Before it ends, be sure to drop by the exhibit at the National Gallery Singapore for a visit. We hear there are Singapore-exclusive content added into the mix as well!

Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now
Price: $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens | $15 for Singaporeans and PR adults | $20 for standard tickets
Date: Now till 27th March 2022
Time: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Venue: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery and Basement Concourse, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, #01-01, Singapore 178957

Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now website 


Cover image adapted from: @nationalgallerysingapore, @suditiprasad

National Gallery Singapore
Date:
10 Dec 2021 - 27 Mar 2022
Time:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm