With his works he revolutionized the idea of performance. He tested his body, its limits and its expressive potential. From the 1960s to today, Marina Abramović has amazed the art world and beyond.
With The Cleaner, the first exhibition a Palazzo Strozzi in which a woman is the absolute protagonist - the artist who made her debut in Belgrade - has cleaned up the past, memory, and destiny. As one in a house has only kept what is needed and is essential.
Over one hundred works to retrace the main stages of his career: from the figurative and abstract paintings of the beginnings, to the performances through the direct use of his body, from the seventies onwards.
The series Rhythm (1973-74) and Thomas Lips (1975), then Art Must Be Beautiful / Artist Must Be Beautiful (1975), where, naked, combs her hair until the skin bleeds. Until The Freeing Series (Memory, Voice, Body 1975) in which it tests the individual's ability to resist through exhausting repetitive actions of words, sounds and gestures.
Then the works born from the sentimental and professional relationship with the German artist Ulay, culminated in the 1988 with the performance The Lovers (1988) where the two artists meet at the center of the Great Wall of China after walking 2500 kilometers each.
Through the nineties and the tragedy of the war in Bosnia that inspires Balkan Baroque (1997) with which Abramović won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale by cleaning, one by one, a thousand bones of cattle while intoning Serbian folk songs. Still works related to his land of origin as The Hero (2001) dedicated to the father hero of the Resistance.
The Artist is Present (2010) is one of the performances of the last years in which the artist for more than seven hundred hours has set one thousand six hundred and seventy-five people seated, silent and motionless, at the MoMa in New York.
"It's wonderful to be in Italy, it's an extremely important country for me since I was a child when I took the train to get to Trieste and buy jeans". Marina Abramovich - "Then growing up I began to appreciate Italian culture and it is here that I made my first installations. This is an exhibition that covers 50 years of my work, I am honored to be the first woman after centuries to have a retrospective here at Palazzo Strozzi, I hope there are many others after me. "
"Palazzo Strozzi, he said Arturo Galansino – general manager and curator of the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi - confirms its vocation for the contemporary with the first major Italian retrospective dedicated to Marina Abramović, one of the most iconic artistic figures of our time who with his artistic research has crossed half a century challenging our limits, reinventing the relationship with the public , reconfiguring the concept of performance itself and entering indelibly into the collective imagination ".
The next performance, the artist anticipated, without, for superstition, provide more details, will be in the 2020. "I hope - he said - that many other exhibitions in which a woman will be the protagonist can follow after my".
The exhibition is organized by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, produced by Moderna Museet, Stockholm in collaboration with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn. Curated by Arturo Galansino, Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, Lena Essling, Moderna Museet, with Tine Colstrup, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and Susanne Kleine, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.
The exhibition is open every day from 10.00 to 20.00, Thursday 10.00 - 23.00. From 9.00 only by reservation. Information: + 39 055 26 45155 www.palazzostrozzi.org