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Unleashing the Power of Performance: Inside Marina Abramović's London Takeover

L'ÉPOQUE USA - Marina Abramović is the first woman to have a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This does not seem any less strange when you remember that this exhibition has already been postponed at least once. But when the doors to this long-awaited exhibition finally opened, it was clear that the moment was not yet lost.


10.12.2023 © L'ÉPOQUE USA


By Eva Johnson


Marina Abramović - Four Crosses (detail) 2019 Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović.
Marina Abramović - Four Crosses (detail) 2019 Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović.

This exhibition, on view at the Royal Academy through January 1, 2024, and anticipated since Abramović's Seven Deaths at London’s Lisson Gallery in 2021, spans five decades of artistic creation and features works that combine performance, installation, film, and photography. It begins with human connection, trauma, and pain, moves toward endurance, and ends in a place of meditation, peace, and transcendence. In the process, Abramović, arguably one of the most famous living artists in the world, traces his life dedicated to art.


Gallery view of the Marina Abramović exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Image credit: © Marina Abramović. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry).
Gallery view of the Marina Abramović exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Image credit: © Marina Abramović. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry).

Marina Abramović's mystical journey of lifestyle and performance art that challenges body, mind and heart continues to overcome fears and raise questions with the provocative verve that animates the highly anticipated retrospective that began in London and will reach Amsterdam, Zurich, Israel and Vienna by 2026.


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