press release

Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramoviç has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and medium, and the parameters of her early performances were determined by her endurance. In Seven Easy Pieces Abramoviç reenacts seminal performance works by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, VALIE EXPORT, Bruce Nauman, and Gina Pane dating from the 1960s and ’70s, interpreting them as one would a musical score and documenting their realization. The project is premised on the fact that little documentation exists for most performance works from this critical early period; one often has to rely upon testimonies from witnesses or photographs that show only portions of any given piece. Seven Easy Pieces examines the possibility of redoing and preserving such performative work. Presented in the Rotunda over a seven-day period, the works include a new piece by Abramoviç on November 15 created for this project.

Performance schedule for Marina Abramoviç: Seven Easy Pieces Click here to see descriptions of the scheduled of performances and to order advance tickets.

November 9, 5 PM to 12 AM - Bruce Nauman, Body Pressure (1974, Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf).

November 10, 5 PM to 12 AM - Vito Acconci, Seedbed (1972, Sonnabend Gallery, New York).

November 11, 5 PM to 12 AM - VALIE EXPORT, Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969, Augusta-Lichtspiele, Munich) November 12, 5 PM to 12 AM - Gina Pane, Self-Portrait(s) (1973, Galerie Stadler, Paris).

November 13, 5 PM to 12 AM - Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf).

November 14, 5 PM to 12 AM - Marina Abramoviç, Lips of Thomas (1975, Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck).

November 15, 5 PM to 12 AM - Premiere of new performance by Marina Abramoviç


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Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces