The Royal Academy of Arts in London will present the first major solo survey in the UK of the work of internationally acclaimed Serbian performance artist and Honorary Royal Academician, Marina Abramović. The exhibition, which will run this autumn, has been arranged in close collaboration with the artist and will provide an overview of her extraordinary practice with photographs, videos, objects, and installations. It will also feature four of Abramović’s seminal performance pieces, which will be reperformed live in the galleries.
Marina Abramović is a pioneering artist who has propelled performance art from its experimental beginnings to the mainstream. She was originally trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, but turned to performance in the early 1970s and established the hallmarks of her practice: everyday actions ritualized through repetition and endurance. She is a pioneer in using the live body in her work and has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental tolerance.
Abramović has continued to navigate a space between the personal and the social, the conceptual and the existential, the physical and the spiritual. From 1975–88, Abramović collaborated with her then partner, the German artist Ulay, exploring male and female dualities. Returning to solo performances in 1989, the artist further tested boundaries with the creation of performative objects, performances to camera and audience participation.
Admission from £23; concessions available; under 16s go free, Friends of the RA go free.
25 & Under: 16 to 25 year olds can access a half-price ticket (T&Cs apply). Tickets can be booked in advance online (royalacademy.org.uk) or over the phone (0207 300 8090).