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10 May 2018
Hauser & Wirth Publishers

Exploring the Archive: Nam June Paik, 1993

Nam June Paik: Jardin Illuminé

With a glimpse into the exhibition taking over an empty industrial space in Zurich, the glossy dustcover of ‘Nam June Paik: Jardin Illuminé’ provides a luminous invitation into one of Hauser & Wirth’s first self-published books.

Produced following Paik’s 1993 exhibition, the silken hardcover, with a debossed title and red foil-blocked spine, contains details that set the precedent for Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ emphasis on tailoring design to individual projects.

Installation shots of the extensive exhibition come to life on a thick paper stock, recreating the energetic show with neon components that pop with particular vigor, a veritable illuminated garden, as the stated by the title. Gatefolds of varying sizes allow for immersive views. The book features numerous portraits of the artist within the exhibition (and one with gallery co-founder, Iwan Wirth), as well as video stills, some of which portray frequent collaborator and cellist Charlotte Moorman with ‘TV Bra for Living Sculpture’.

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The publication opens with a poetic introduction by video artist, Paik admirer, and a close friend of the gallery Pipilotti Rist (who would later join Hauser & Wirth in 1997). Rist’s text chronicles a definitive moment in video art’s evolution through a narrative that is characteristically imaginative and whimsical. As part of Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ ‘Exploring the Archive’ project, Rist’s text has been made available online in full and can be accessed here.

‘Nam June Paik: Jardin Illuminé’ was designed by Herman Lelie in London and is still available for purchase.

Two of Paik’s works, Aunt and Uncle (both 1986) are currently on view in New York through 27 July 2018, as a part of ‘A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection’.

About Exploring the Archive
Since its founding in 1992, Hauser & Wirth Publishers has been devoted to the presentation of unique, object-like books and a rich exchange of ideas between artists and scholars. Exploring the Archive continues this commitment through the digitization of seminal, rare, or out-of-print titles from the Hauser & Wirth Publishers archive, which comprises monographs, artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, and collections of artists’ writings.

About the Artist
Nam June Paik (b. 1932, Seoul, Korea; d. 2006, Miami, Florida) was a Korean American Artist considered to be the founder of video art.

About the Contributor
Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962, Grabs, Switzerland) is a video artist who, since 2004, has lived and worked in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland.

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