Marina Abramovic Retrospective in Belgrade - Guided Visit

Marina Abramovic Retrospective in Belgrade

Still from The Hero, a video by Marina Abramovic from  2001. There is a most fascinating personal story behind this piece.

Marina Abramovic in Belgrade – What’s the big deal?

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. 

Marina Abramovic Belgrade exhibition highlights

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.

For the performanceThe Artist is Present Abramović sat opposite MOMA visitors for eight hours a day, without speaking or moving, for 84 days or a total of 750 hours.

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.

Still from the Balkan Baroque, that won Golden Lion at Venice Biennale in 1997. “I had put my whole soul into this piece” said Abramović in her memoire.

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 venue and the guide

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade seen from the Belgrade Fortress. The architecture and the story of the 1965 building challenges the stereotypes on Belgrade’s communist past.

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).




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