The Artist is Present
The Tanks- Tate Modern
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. she is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.
She is also a glamorous art-world icon, a lightning rod for controversy, and a myth of her own making. she is most certainly unlike anyone you have ever met before.
The feature-length documentary film Marina Abramović- The Artist is Present takes us inside Marina’s world, following her as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work, taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades:
“but why is this art?”
Writing from: http://marinafilm.com/
Having seen this trailer I thought I must see this film.
When I heard about the screening in London
I straight away booked two tickets and travel from Cardiff.
Not only because it was Marina Abramovic,
but because it was Marina Abramovic in The Tanks in Tate Modern.
Need I say “Once in a life time opportunity”.
This film showing was part of the fifteen week long “Art in Action”
programme currently on at Tate Modern.
My only regret was not being able to see the other rooms as the
film screening was in the evening and so they were closed off.
Sat on little square black cushions my friend Emma and I wait for the film to start.
Thinking 2 hours sat on these wont be very comfortable. Then I made a link.
Marina Abramovic’s retrospective of her work, that took place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York had one main piece featuring Marina herself. This piece involved Marina sitting on a chair for 736-hours and 30 minutes, in the museum’s atrium, while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her, this new piece marked the longest duration of time that she has performed a single solo piece, apart from her whole life which for me seems like an entire performance.
So, sitting on cushions on the floor for 2 hours didn’t seem so bad after all and believe me it was worth it.
This sticker message board in The Tanks was a great idea and one I shall surely utilise for a show of my own one day.
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