Marina Abramovich: The Artist is Present

A large retrospective of the work of Marina Abramovich, one of the most prolific contemporary performance artists, took place at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in 2011. Visitors could experience the artist’s four key works, which were presented by local performance artists in chronological order. The performances were accompanied by videos, photographic and audio material, as well as objects used in the original performances.
The exhibition was divided into three logical blocks. The first block was dedicated to early works in Belgrade (1969- 1975). The second block presented collaborative works with Ulay. The third part of the exhibition was dedicated to personal works which took place in the period 1995 -2005. In these works, the artist explored the feeling of loneliness, examined her Balkan roots; cultural, ideological and spiritual, the history of her family, analyzing the experience of shame and pain from the cruelty which was unleashed on her country in the 1990s.

Architecture: Olga Treivas, Vera Odyn, Anton Popov, Natalia Samohina
Client: Contemporary Culture Center Garage
Curator: Klaus Biesenbach
Status: Completed
Location: Contemporary Culture Center Garage
Area: 8000 m2
Year: 2011
Photography: Crispijn van Sas

  • The exhibition was initiated by MOMA, New York

  • The exhibition includes the famous work ‘Rest Energy’ (1980), in which Ulay holds a bow and arrow aimed at the artist’s heart