Published  06/10/2023

Marina Abramović takes over London

Marina Abramović takes over London

‘Four months ago I was in a coma… if I’d died, I’d be the only dead female artist in 250 years showing at the Royal Academy!’

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.

Marina Abramović
Royal Academy, London
23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024
Marina Abramović’s opera, 7 Deaths of Maria Callas
ENO, London Colisseum
3-11 November 2023

Interview by JULIET RIX

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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