With a half-century retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts – the first main-gallery solo show for a female artist in the RA’s 255-year history – and a five-day “Takeover” at the Southbank Centre, performance artist Marina Abramović is making quite a splash in London.
She is here in person, too, and Studio International caught up with her in a bathroom backstage at the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as she was about to open the Takeover.
Marina Abramović: Institute Takeover
Southbank Centre, London
4 – 8 October 2023.
Interview by JULIET RIX
Filmed by WILLIAM KENNEDY
Gallery view of the Marina Abramović exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024. © Marina Abramović. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry.
Miles Greenberg performs as part of Marina Abramović Institute Takeover at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, 4-8 October 2023. Photo: Linda Nylind courtesy of the Southbank Centre.
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Marina Abramović: interview
We spoke to her ahead of the opening of 512 hours about why, for her, presence is so important, what she expects from this long durational performance, and why it leaves her feeling even more vulnerable than her early 1970s Rhythm works.
Chiharu Shiota: Dialogues
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The Life and Death of Marina Abramović
Marina Abramović, a master of performance art, in collaboration with theatre director Robert Wilson, with musical arrangements and composition by Antony, and outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe and the rest of the cast, packed the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street for the US premiere of The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.