Marina Abramović
Sep 23, 2023 – Jan 1, 2024

Marina Abramović, ‘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 within the 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, Balkan Baroque, 1997. Performance; XLVII Venice Biennale, June 1997; 4 days, 6 hours. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.

Marina Abramović, Nude with Skeleton, 2002–2005. Performance for video; 16 minutes; Belgrade. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.

Marina Abramović, The House with The Ocean View, 2002. Performance; 12 days. Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović. Photo: Attilio Maranzano.

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

Left: Ulay/ Marina Abramović, Imponderabilia. Performance, 90 minutes. Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, 1977. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Ulay/ Marina Abramović. Photo: Giovanna dal Magro / Right: Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974. Performance, Studio Morra, Naples; 6 hours. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović. Photo: Donatelli Sbarra.

Marina Abramović, Rhythm 0, 1974. Studio Morra, Naples. Performance; 6 hours. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović. Photo: Donatelli Sbarra.

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

 

Marina Abramović
September 23, 2023 – January 1, 2024 / Royal Academy of Arts
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