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Marina Abramović, Stromboli III Volcano, 2002 Courtesy of Marina Abramović Archives and Lia Rumma Gallery, Milan. Photo: Paolo Canevari © Marina Abramović / Bildupphovsrätt 2016

Marina Abramović

The Cleaner

18.2 – 21.5 2017


At once radical, controversial and revered, Marina Abramović is one of the most discussed artists today. Famous for her groundbreaking performance works, she continues to expand the boundaries of art. This exhibition is produced in close collaboration with the artist and marks her first major retrospective in Europe.

In her work Marina Abramović explores the intersection between performing and visual art, with a focus in equal shares on body and time. Since the early 1970s she has continued to develop and expose a field of art other than the object based to a wider audience. Drawn from public and private collections, including that of the artist, the survey includes works from the earliest years, solo and with Ulay, until today: film, photography, paintings and objects, installations and select archival material.

The work poses questions of power and hierarchy yet is rarely overtly political. Her practice sometimes demands of us that we let go of a linear sense of time or an autonomous individuality. And yet personal experience and responsibility are central in her performances, seeking the core of notions like loss, memory, pain, endurance, trust. Marina Abramović addresses fundamental issues of our existence in ways that may both provoke and move us.

Marina Abramović was born 1946 in Belgrade, and is currently based in New York.

Reperformances will be performed daily in the exhibition, and 27 February–5 March a brand new performance by the artist will take place at the Eric Ericson Hall.

Curator: Lena Essling


Balkan Baroque
Marina Abramović, Balkan Baroque , 1997 Performance 4 days, 6 hours, XLVII Biennale Venice June, 1997 © Marina Abramović / Bildupphovsrätt 2016
Ulay/Marina Abramović, Relation in Space, 1976 Performance 58 minutes XXXVIII Biennale, Giudecca, Venice, July, 1976. Photo: Jaap de Graaf. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Ulay / Marina Abramović / Bildupphovsrätt 2016

Calendar events

  • Guided tour

Marina Abramović – The Cleaner

In Swedish

 Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful.
  • Performance

Cleaning the Mirror

 Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful.
  • Performance

Cleaning the Mirror

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