• Performance

RETROSPECTIVA MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE LOVERS: THE GREAT WALL WALK (1988)

De Marina Abramovic

  • 65 minutes

Warning El video no tiene subtítulos.

Marina Abramovic and German photographer Ulay decide to end their relationship by walking the Great Wall of China separately for 90 days, meeting in the middle to say goodbye.


In 1988, German photographer Ulay and artist Marina Abramovic decided to end their relationship and record the split in a performance, which turned into the legendary end point of their collaboration. After years of negotiating with the Chinese authorities, they finally got permission to do The Lovers: The Great Wall Walk. They started walking from different ends of the Great Wall of China, meeting in the middle to say goodbye to each other.

Abramovic started walking from the east end of the Wall in Shan Hai Guan, on the shore of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf, walking west. Ulay started from the west end of the Wall in Jai Yu Guan, on the south-western periphery of the Gobi Desert, walking east. After they’d been walking for about 90 days, they met in Er Lang Shn in Shen Mu in the Shaanxi province. They hugged and then carried on with both their lives and work separately.

Since the work of Ulay and Marina Abramovic together had often used ritualized actions, mythology and Eastern thought, The Lovers… was the perfect end to their time together, particularly given the mythological and philosophical connotations of the Great Wall of China.

Ulay died on March 3, 2020.

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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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