• Performance

RETROSPECTIVA MARINA ABRAMOVIC: GOLDEN MASK (2010)

De Marina Abramovic

  • 30 minutes

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Marina Abramovic is a still life, reflecting on the role of color, light and posing when making art.


In this performance, Marina Abramovic covers her face with strips of gold leaf. Dressed in black and filmed against a black backdrop, she’s framed so that only her head and shoulders are visible. A soft light illuminates her golden face while she looks, unblinking and unflinching, into the camera. She stays this way for 30 minutes, with the only movement coming from the light that illuminates her covered face.

It’s not unusual for Abramovic to make herself the focus of her work. Being a still life is characteristic of her subsequent work, in which fatigue and physical exhaustion are no longer the main issues. Her frozen image looks like an old-fashioned portrait and the posing, color and light options available turn the play into something more pictorial and perhaps even sacred.

© Marina Abramović

Marina Abramovic

Artist

A pioneer of performance all over the world

Since she started her career in Belgrade, Serbia at the beginning of the seventies, Marina Abramovic has been a pioneer of the performing arts, creating some of the most important initial plays of the performance discipline. By exploring her physical and mental limits, she’s resisted pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

Abramovic won the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2010, she put on her first retrospective in the United States and simultaneously acted for more than 700 hours in The Artist is Present at the New York Museum of Modern Art. She founded the Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI), an immaterial platform of long duration to create new collaboration opportunities for thinkers from any field.

Her most recent work has been Walk Through Walls: A Memoir, published by Crown Archetype on October 25, 2016. Her retrospective The Cleaner was inaugurated at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm in February 2017 and toured seven other European sites, ending at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia in 2019. In September 2020, the Bavarian State Opera put on the world premiere of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, which will go on to tour other places. In 2021, she’ll put on the individual exhibition After Life at the Royal Academy, becoming the first female artist in the institution’s 250 year history to fill all the gallery’s space with her work.

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