Marina Abramović: The Cleaner
Exhibition, Louisiana, Humelbæk, Denmark.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presents a major retrospective of one of the central figures of body and performance art, Marina Abramović. For 50 years, the artist has been reacting to the world around her and has inscribed herself in the history of art with physically and mentally demanding performances, ranging from the violent and risky actions of the 1970s to quieter exchanges of energy and encounters with the public. The show embraces her entire oeuvre, from the early concept sketches, paintings, and sound pieces to presentations of Abramović’s performances to date. Certain works are also re-performed by others during the exhibition.
Few artists in the world today evoke such strong emotions and reactions as the pioneer of body and performance art Marina Abramović. She has inscribed herself in the history of art as one of the pioneers of body and performance art, and since the 1970s – with her own body and energy as her primary material – she has developed one of contemporary art's most radical and uncompromising practices.
Abramović is best known for physically and mentally demanding performance works that are often transgressive and revolve around the body, gender, energy, time, pain, presence, and identity. Her performances range from powerful, violent, and risky actions to quieter exchanges of energy and meetings with the audience. And especially in recent years, we the audience have increasingly become key players in her works.
The exhibition at Louisiana comprises more than 100 works and spans more than five decades – from early concept sketches, paintings and sound works to presentations of the artist’s performances – including her collaboration with former partner Ulay. Reperformances of an early work form part of the exhibition as well.