Marina Abramović – art, viva

Marina Abramovi? bringing tears to the eyes of her viewers, has nothing to do with this work, 'The Onion' -

After three decades as a performance artists, Marina Abramovi? is known to refer to herself as the ‘grandmother of performance art’. But there is nothing old about her works, which continue to inspire, amaze and even bring people to tears!

During these thirty-something years as an artist, Abramovi? has amassed a body of work that may be better described as a work of body.

Using her striking face, her sensual figure and oft-times little else, Abramovi? creates pieces that put the front in confronting, the sense in sensual. In any case, her expression is apt to render the few props she uses almost invisible, so striking is her gaze.

Hailing from Serbia, Abramovi?’s works play on mixing sensuality, simplicity and sometimes sound. They use real and raw emotions to create images and performances that are sometimes beautiful, sometimes mesmerizingly ugly, sometimes staggeringly simple, oft-times confronting, but always and ever unforgettable.

Marina Abramovi?, 'The Artist Presents' (2010)

In 2010, Abramovi? offered up ‘The Artist is Present’, in which the artist simply sat at a table for 7 hours a day for 3 months. Exhibit visitors were invited to seat themselves across from Abramovi?.

Simple but moving, many were reduced to tears by the experience. You can see some photos from the event on this blog post titled Marina Abramovi? made me cry.

Presently Abramovi? is involved in the Palazzo Bembo exhibition as part of La Biennale di Venezia 2011.

Palazzo Bembo - uniting artists in publications, symposia and exhibitions

The Palazzo Bembo was built by the noble Bembo family in the 15th century, on the Grand Canal. Right near the Rialto Bridge, the iconic building blends Byzantine with Venetian styling,  adding a touch of Gothic for good measure. The family boasts a cardinal and Doge of Venice amongst its important history.

The Palazzo Bembo Venice Biennale exhibition is organised by the Dutch Non-profit Organization GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, in cooperation with curators Karlyn De Jongh and Sarah Gold, the curators write, ‘The observation that even in the most distant places of the world artists are occupied with Time ? Space and Existence led to the idea of brining several of these artists together in publications, symposia and exhibitions this exhibition at Palazzo Bembo is part of the international art project PERSONAL STRUCTURES, which was initiated in 2002 by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer.

 ‘PERSONAL STRUCTURES as part of the 54th Veniceiennale, presents solo-presentations by 28 artists from 5 continents, representing 12 countries. The participating artists have their roots in diverse cultures and have very different ages. What they have in common is a dedication of the concepts Time ? Space and Existence. These subjects are highlighted not only in very personal ways but also from unusual points of view.’

Marina Abramovi? at the Florence Biennale

Other artists participating along with Marina Abramovi? include Carl Andre (US), Herman de Vries (NL), Toshikatsu Endo (JP), Johannes Girardoni (US), Peter Halley (US), Joseph Kosuth (US), Melissa Kretschmer (US), Lee Ufan (KR), Ma Jun (CN), Tony Matelli (US), Judy Millar (NZ), Tatsuo Miyajima (JP), François Morellet (FR), Hermann Nitsch (AT), Roman Opalka (FR), Thomas Pihl (NO), Miriam Prantl (AT), Andrew Putter (ZA), Arnulf Rainer (AT), Rene Rietmeyer (NL), Yuko Sakurai (JP), Sasaki (JP), SEO (KR), Lawrence Weiner (US), Maik Wolf (DE), Xing Xin (CN), Zou Cao (CN).

Artviva is proud to be offering exclusive guided tours with the Palazzo Bembo artists . Meet the artists at the Biennale di Venezia to explore the Palazzo Bembo and the pavilion area of the Giardino as well as the Arsenale in around 3 hours of tour accompanied by a Palazzo Bembo artist.

Marina Abramovi? - simple and striking

Close art encounters and personal insights. A Venice Biennale art tour like no other, see and experience the top highlights of the Venice Biennale. The Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important as well as the largest contemporary art exhibition in the world. It is vast and can take days to see the massive array of works on display. Not only have we selected the top highlights (saving you time) but you get to see and experience the Venice biennale with talented curators and artists exhibiting. No other tour company can offer this kind of personal encounter or insight into the Venice Biennale.

Sincere thanks for the generous support and dedication to access to contemporary art provided by the internationally renowned Palazzo Bembo Personal Structures curators and artists. Without them this program would not be possible.

This unique experience is also offered as a private tour with a Palazzo Bembo artist.

We also have this unique art encounter with artists from the Venice Biennale included as part of a Venice tours package ? The Best of Venice and the Venice Biennale in Two Days.

Experience the best highlights and must-sees of Venice and the greatest art show on earth, the Venice Biennale in just two days.

Along with the Palazzo Bembo artist tour, we have 4 great tours added into one unique Venice tours package covering the historic through to the contemporary.

In one glorious afternoon, have a ride in a gondola on our small-group Original Gondola Tour.

Visit San Marco ? St Mark’s ? on a guided tour and have our expert tour guide take you on a tour of the Doge’s Palace.

Conclude your day with a relaxing ride on the Grand Canal in a tradition Motoscafo water boat on the small-group Grand Canal tour.

These Venice tours are part of our super-discounted Grand Italy Tour discounted tour package including small-group tours in Rome and small-group tours in Florence.  Email us to add on the Palazzo Bembo experience.

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Marina Abramovi? - not afraid to face herself in her artworks

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