Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present / MoMA






Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery, sixth floor, and The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor.



Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
March 14 > May 31, 2010





MoMA presents the first large scale U.S. performance retrospective of Marina Abramovi’s work.

Exhibition Features World Premiere of New Solo Work Performed By Abramović and Live “Reperformances” of Historical Pieces by Performers Selected for This Exhibition





Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović
Nude with Skeleton. 2002-05
Black-and-white photograph. 50 x 80¼” (125 x 145 cm)
© 2010 Marina Abramović. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Reperformed continuously in shifts throughout the exhibition Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present at MoMA, March 14-May 31, 2010.





The Museum of Modern Art presents Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, the first large-scale scale American museum retrospective of the artist’s groundbreaking performance work, from March 14 to May 31, 2010. Internationally recognized as a pioneer and key figure in performance art, Marina Abramović (Yugoslav, b. 1946) uses her own body as subject, object, and medium, exploring the physical and mental limits of her being.

The exhibition traces Abramović’s prolific career with approximately 50 works spanning over four decades of interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photography, solo performances, and collaborative performances. Also included are the world premiere of a new work to be performed by Abramović herself and “reperformances” of influential historical pieces by performers selected especially for this exhibition. The live reperformances are included in a chronological installation of the artist’s work reflecting the different modes of representing, documenting, and exhibiting her ephemeral time- and media-based works. Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art.

Abramović, best known for her durational works, has created a new work for this performance retrospective—The Artist Is Present (2010)—that she will perform daily throughout the run of the exhibition, for a total of over 700 hours. For her longest solo piece to date, Abramović will sit in silence at a table in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium during public hours, passively inviting visitors to take the seat across from her for as long as they choose within the timeframe of the Museum’s hours of operation. Although she will not respond, participation by Museum visitors completes the piece and allows them to have a personal experience with the artist and the artwork.


Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović
Holding Milk (The Kitchen Series). 2009
Still from video (color, sound). 12:43 min.
© 2010 Marina Abramović. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović
The House with the Ocean View.
Performed in 2002 for 12 days at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
Three-channel video with props (color, sound). Duration variable
Photo: Attilio Maranzano. © 2010 Marina Abramović. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović and Ulay
Imponderabilia.
Originally performed in 1977 for 90 min. Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
Still from 16mm film transferred to video (black and white, sound). 52:16 min.
© 2010 Marina Abramović. Courtesy Marina Abramović and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Reperformed continuously in shifts throughout the exhibition Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present at MoMA, March 14-May 31, 2010


The historical exhibition in the Museum’s sixth-floor galleries will feature live reperformances of five landmark Abramović performance pieces, alongside video and photographic documentation of the original performances, incorporated within a chronological presentation of the artist’s career. The works are Imponderabilia (1977/2010), in which a two nude performers stand opposite each other in a doorway, so that visitors who wish to pass must move through the gap between the two, deciding to face him or her; Relation in Time (1977/2010), in which two performers sit quietly, connected to each other by their long hair, which is tied together; Point of Contact (1980/2010), in which two performers stand face to face with arms bent, just barely touching the tip of each other’s index fingers; Nude with Skeleton (2002–05/2010), in which a nude performer lies beneath a skeleton, animating it with the motions of his or her breathing; and Luminosity (1997/2010), in which a nude performer, suspended high upon a wall and immersed in light, gives the appearance of floating before the wall. Imponderabilia, Relation in Time, and Point of Contact were originally created and performed by Abramović and the artist Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen, German, b. 1943), her partner from 1975 to 1988. A group of 39 performers chosen by Abramović will reperform these pieces continuously in shifts throughout public hours in the sixth floor galleries.


Marina Abramović



Marina Abramović
Portrait with Flowers. 2009
Black-and-white gelatin silver print; photo: Marco Anelli
© 2010 Marina Abramović. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


These reperformances will take place alongside video and photographic documentation of the original performances, and they will be incorporated within the chronological presentation of the artist’s career on the sixth floor, broken up into four sections. These sections feature photographs, video, sound recordings, and, in some cases, the original objects used in the performances.







Courtesy Museum of Modern Art
Images © 2010 Marina Abramović. All rights reserved





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One Response to “Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present / MoMA”

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