ART | Marina Abramovic and Ulay

My good friend Andrea shared this video with me earlier this week and I’m pretty much in love with it. Marina Abramovic is a well-known performance artist (you might remember her cameo in Sex in the City) and the above is footage from her 2010 MoMA retrospective “The Artist is Present”.

In the seventies Marina and Ulay shared a fantastic love story — performing together out of the van they lived in and creating art inspired by their relationship as lovers. When the relationship had run it’s course in 1988, their separation was marked by The Great Wall Walk — a one-time only performance where they started at opposite ends of the Great Wall and walked towards each other. They met in the middle for one last hug, then disappeared from each others’ lives forever.

During the “The Artist is Present” Marina spent 60 seconds staring directly into the eyes of a series of strangers seated across from her. It was reportedly the largest exhibition of performance art in the museum’s history. This is what happened when, after decades apart, her former lover appeared across the table.

So beautiful. Thanks, Andrea.

Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith

AAA-AAA (performance RTB, Liege)
1977
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith
Breathing In/ Breathing Out
1977
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith
Relation in Time
1977
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith

Rest Energy
1980
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith

Nightsea Crossing (Documenta 7 Kassel, 7 days)
1982
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011
Marina Abramovic and Ulay | SCOUT by Jennifer Rose Smith
Nightsea Crossing (New Museum New York, 2 days)
1986
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011

2 Responses to “ART | Marina Abramovic and Ulay

  1. Kara Hall

    Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Reply
  2. Andrea

    Ugh…. so good!

    Reply

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