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Exhibitions

VIDEOTANK #4: Marina Abramović
September 5 - December 12, 2012

Art Must be Beautiful, Artist Must be Beautiful  (Video, 45 min., 1975)

Artist: Marina Abramović (New York, USA)

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The exhibition is produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and financially supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Art Must be Beautiful, Artist Must be Beautiful (Video, 45 min., 1975) is one of Abramovic's typical early performances. With a brush in one hand and a comb in the other, she works aggressively on her face and hair, while repeating the sentence 'art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful'. Her voice betrays that she is in pain, and her face also makes it abundantly clear that she is hurting herself. According to Abramovic, the purpose of her self-inflicted pain is to free the body and soul from the restrictions imposed by Western culture and from the fear of physical pain and death. From her perspective, performance art can be used to challenge and transgress physical and mental boundaries. http://catalogue.nimk.nl  Collection: NIMk (Netherlands Media Art Institute)

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is and pioneering the use of performance as a visual art form for over forty years. Using the body as her principle subject and medium, the seductive, fearless, and outrageous artist surpasses the limits of being in order to achieve emotional and spiritual transformation for both artist and viewer alike. Known for her provocative and at times dangerous artistic “dares”, she asserts that performance becomes life itself and life becomes art. After attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in the early 1970’s, Abramović began collaborating with German artist Ulay from 1975 till 1988. In 1989, she returned to solo performances, sound, photography, video and sculpture installations at major institutions in the U.S. and Europe, including the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1985), the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1990),the Neue National Galerie, Berlin (1993), and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1995). Her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 1995, Abramović’s exhibition Objects Performance Video Sound traveled to the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. In 1998, the exhibition Artist Body - Public Body toured extensively including stops at Kunstmuseum and Grosse Halle, Bern and La Gallera, Valencia. In 2000, a large solo show was held at the Kunstverein in Hannover. In 2003, she participated in the Berlin-Moscow/Moscow-Berlin exhibition, which opened at the Martin Gropius-Bau in Berlin and finished its tour in 2004 at the State Historical Museum, Moscow. In 2004, Abramović also exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York and had had a significant solo show, The Star, at The Marugame Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan. The feature-length documentary film Marina Abramović The Artist is Present takes us inside her world, following her as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work, taking place at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque‚ and in 2003 received the Bessie for The House with the Ocean View‚ a 12-day performance at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

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