Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years.
Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits — and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ THE ARTIST IS PRESENT follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major new retrospective of her work, taking place at The Museum of Modern Art. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premier museums is 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?“
So Artist Marina Abramovic was doing a live art performance that consisted of spending one minute of silence with a complete stranger.
Many people showed up, but her response to one person in particular gave me the goosebumps, and you’ll soon see why. Ulay, her former lover for many years sits down across from her. Marina and Ulay broke up more than 30 years ago and this is the first time that they have seen each other again since then.
This was obviously an emotional and shocking moment for her, and as you can see, she tries to carry on until the end, but seems almost unable to. I was fighting back tears myself with this one. This is really beautiful.