Marina Abramovic, 512 Hours


  • Serpentine Gallery Kensington Gardens London W2 3XA United Kingdom
Marina Abramovic. Black and white photo, Marina conducting rehearsal for "Bolero." Portrait © Rahi Rezvani, Paris 2013.

Marina Abramovic. Black and white photo, Marina conducting rehearsal for "Bolero." Portrait © Rahi Rezvani, Paris 2013.

In a unique work created for the Serpentine, Marina Abramovic will perform in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition:  10am to 6pm, 6 days a week. Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramovic’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of common objects that she will use in a constantly changing sequence of events. On arrival, visitors will both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them.

The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art. 

The exhibition draws upon the history of Abramovic’s use of her body as the basic material of her artwork. During her residency at the Serpentine, the artist will, for the first time, commit to an unscripted and improvised presence in the space of the Gallery.

In the early 1970s, as a young artist in Belgrade, Abramovic began exploring the relationship between artist and audience. Since 1978 she has conducted a series of workshops with art students, using a series of simple exercises to increase physical and mental awareness. Over the course of her career, Abramovic has continued to develop these workshops, expanding their scope to reach a general public, through the Marina Abramovic Institute.

The exhibition by Ed Atkins takes place concurrently at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, bringing together two extraordinary artists from different generations who focus on performance, the body and language.

Please note that the galleries will be closed on 1st and 2nd July.

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