Art Monthly Event

Talking Art at Tate Modern

Marina Abramovic

Interviewed by Iwona Blazwick

Arguably contemporary art’s most significant performance artist, the Belgrade-born, New York-based Marina Abramovic has produced provocative and compelling live work for almost 40 years. Her unrelenting focus on the body and the limits of the performer has resulted in some of the canon’s seminal works, from Rhythm 10, 1973, in which the artist duplicated a recording of herself stabbing knives between her fingers, through to her three-month endurance work The Artist is Present, 2010, which was part of her solo exhibition at New York MoMA – the museum’s largest ever exhibition of performance art. Abramovic won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997, has been included in Documenta three times, and has exhibited in numerous museums internationally. In 2012 she will open the Marina Abramovic Institute, dedicated to the preservation of performance art.

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