Reperformance | Marina Abramovic: Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful (1975)

  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece

Marina Abramović

Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful (1975)

 

with

Dimitris Bampilis
Dimitra Billia
Gitsa Konstadoudaki
Martha Pasakopoulou
Eliane Roumie
Vassiliki Spachou
Kalliopi Zervoulakou

 

Location: First Floor, Workshop Space

 

In Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful (1975), originally performed and documented at the Charlottenburg Art Festival, Copenhagen, Abramović sits, naked, holding a brush in one hand and a comb in the other. For just under an hour, she brushes her hair forcefully, yanking, tugging and even tearing at it, while repeating the mantra “art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful”. For several minutes at a time, she falls silent and with a still gaze, she stares blankly into the distance before recommencing the punitive beauty routine. This is the first time that this work will be re-performed in Europe and has only been re-performed on one other occasion, in 2016 in Shanghai as part of the project “15 Rooms”.