Marina Abramović “The Artist is Present” The Contemporary Cultural Center “Garage”, Moscow 8 October – 4 December
Moscow's Contemporary Cultural Center “Garage” (Центр современной культуры «ГАРАЖ») is hosting a unique retrospective performance exhibition on Marina Abramović (1946, Маринa Абрамовичa), titled “Marina Abramović. The Artist is Present.” («Марина Абрамович. В присутствии художника»).
As a form of visual art, performance art is unmatched and unrepeatable. However, the world-famous performance artist pioneer, Marina Abramović, created a new term – re-performance, which means a repeat performance of any performance that has already been done. This gives the viewing public a unique opportunity to see again (along with illustrative video works, photographs, audio recordings and objects) new, live examples of works of art, and to feel the harsh, but very honest atmosphere of the artist's creations.
The exhibition is composed of four performances, which in chronological order highlight Abramović's most notable works: Relation in Time (1977/2010), Point of Contact (1980/2010), Nude with Skeleton (2002–05/2010), and Luminosity (1997/2010). These works were originally created along with the German artist, Ulay (real name – Uwe Laysiepen, 1943), who worked with Abramović from 1975-1988. The artist's works physically and emotionally challenge both the artist and the viewing public. In testing the boundaries of possibilities for performances, she has endured pain, the loss of strength, fear and danger – all in search of an emotional and soulful transformation.
So that the re-performances would maximally affect the viewers, Marina Abramović lead a special course for participants of performances, from 2-6 October. All interested parties who had come to the “Garage” could follow along with the unique instructional program.
The exposition consists of about 50 works, all created within the last forty years. The artist's early experiments – audio-fragments, video works, installations, photographs, solo and group performances – are also on display. Klaus Bisenbach (1967) is the curator of the exhibition project; he is the current director of MoMA PS1 in New York. The instigating idea for the exhibition belongs to MoMA, New York's Museum of Modern Art.