The First Ever UK Exhibition of Marina Abramović in London

Friday, January 3, 2020
The First Ever UK Exhibition of Marina Abramović in London

Marina Abramović is one of the most important performance artists in the world. Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life’s work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries.

Image: ‘Artist Portrait with a Candle (A)’, from the series With Eyes Closed I See Happiness, 2012. Colour, fine art pigment print. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.

 

Marina Abramović is one of the most important performance artists in the world. Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life’s work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries. 

Over the past 50 years, Marina Abramović has earned worldwide acclaim as a pioneer of performance art. Abramović has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental endurance in her work – and invited audiences to encounter it with her.

 

Marina Abramović,‘ The Kitchen I’, from the series The Kitchen, Homage to Saint Therese, 2009. Color fine art pigment print. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.

 

Works such as Rhythm 0 (1974) invited audiences to freely interact with Abramović however they chose – famously resulting in a loaded gun held to her head. Later works such as The Artist Is Present (2010), at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, pushed audiences to question their own emotions, as they sat in silence opposite the artist.

In Abramović’s first major exhibition in the UK, we bring together works spanning her 50-year career, along with new works conceived especially for these galleries. As Abramović approaches her mid-70s, her new work reflects on changes to the artist’s body, and explores her perception of the transition between life and death.

 

‘Artist Portrait with a Candle (A)’, from the series With Eyes Closed I See Happiness, 2012. Colour, fine art pigment print. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.

 

Audiences will also engage with the ongoing debate that Abramović explores throughout the exhibition: can performance art outlive the moment of performance? ​Abramović examines the question of legacy through photographs, videos, installations and re-performances by younger performers.

 

Ulay / Marina Abramović,Rest Energy, 1980. Performance for Video; 4 minutes. ROSC' 80, Dublin. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Ulay / Marina Abramović.

 

Curated in close collaboration with Abramović, this exhibition will offer visitors the sort of intense, physical encounter for which she has become known. Abramović will participate in the programme of talks and events surrounding the exhibition.

 

26 September - 8 December, 2020

The Royal Academy of Arts, London

 

 

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