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Among Nam June Paik’s works on display at the National Museum of American Art is “Megatron/Matrix," which celebrates the range of the artist’s explorations of the video art movement. (National Museum of American Art)

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Nam June Paik, "Merce/Digital", 1988 single- channel video sculpture with vintage television cabinets and fifteen monitors; color, silent, collection of Roselyne Chroman Swig, © Nam June Paik Estate. Image courtesy Nam June Paik Estate

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Nam June Paik, "Untitled (Robot)" [PaikBot], 1992, single-channel video in robot-shaped assemblage of televisions, radio- and stereo-system parts, and metal hardware, with additions in paint; color, silent, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift to the Nam June Paik Archive from the Nam June Paik Estate, © Nam June Paik Estate

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Nam June Paik, "TV Cello", 1971, video tubes, television chassis, Plexiglas boxes, electronics, wiring, wood base, stool, fan, photograph, Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, formerly the collection of Otto Piene and Elizabeth Goldring, Massachusetts, T.B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1992, © Nam June Paik Estate

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Nam June Paik in his video-editing studio in his home on Mercer Street, New York, 1999. Photo by David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

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Nam June Paik, "TV Chair", 1968, closed-circuit video installation with television and chair; black and white, silent, Nam June Paik Estate, © Nam June Paik Estate

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Nam June Paik, "Megatron/Matrix", 1995, eight- channel video installation with custom electronics; color, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Barney A. Ebsworth, Nelson C. White, and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment