Until 20 January, seize the unique opportunity to see the retrospective of Marina Abramović in her home town Belgrade. Abramović left 45 years ago and has not shown her art in Belgrade since.
Abramović is the number one performance artist in the world. She’s the last (wo)man standing of the radical performance artists from the 1970ies. So radical that she literally put her life at stake in her performances.
The retrospective titled The Cleaner has been touring Europe since 2017. Belgrade is its final destination.
You can recreate the experience the visitors had at Abramovic’s legendary 2010 MOMA performance The Artist is Present, that rocketed her to stardom beyond the art world. Sit and gaze at each other’s eyes, motionless, for as long as you can.
Next, you’ll see the materials from two 1970ies performances so drastic that they were literally life threatening to the artist! And a piece that won her Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997: Balkan Baroque, an installation and a performance that included a pile of over 2000 bones.
There is a number of works with Marina’s partner in life and art for 12 years, the German artist Ulay. They ended their relationship by walking the Great Wall of China and meeting in the middle. Can you imagine a more artistic and better honored break up than this one?
The exhibition includes film, photography, paintings and objects, installations and archival material. In addressing fundamental issues of our existence and seeking the core of notions like loss, memory, pain, endurance, and trust, the artist and the exhibition both provoke and move us.
The guide’s commentary will help you put the art on display in local, personal and social-historical context.
The building of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade is a cultural pearl itself, with its praised modernist architecture from the 1960ies and riverfront location that offers great views of the historical centre of Belgrade and walking and cycling trails.
Your guide Ksenija is an MA in Art History, who’s been following Marina Abramović’s art for the last 10 years. Ksenija is enthusiastic about meeting art lovers or other curious audience and sharing the experience of Abramović’s art with them.
The entry ticket costs 600 dinars (around 5 EUR).