This catalogue-monograph includes exclusive photography of the artworks installed at Mona, and features a foreword by David Walsh and essays by Justin Clemens and Elizabeth Pearce.



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The Artist Is Present (MA15+) and other films about Marina Abramović.

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Marina Abramović
Private Archaeology

JUNE 13 – OCTOBER 5, 2015

Marina Abramovic is one of the most important performance artists of our generation.

In David Walsh's words:

Christ died on the Cross for our sins. So the New Testament tells us. Hopefully I'll do something worthy of his sacrifice one day. I've got real potential when it comes to sin.

Marina Abramovic seems to operate for all of us. Her sins, her excesses, her minimalist, egocentric actions define the boundaries of what it is to be human.

I would do the stuff that she does if I had the balls. And the brains. And the desperation to understand.

I'd rather be represented by a sinner than a saint.

This exhibition will explore how Abramovic has reduced and refined her work over a forty-year career, to focus on a central, unifying ideology: what she calls 'the art of the immaterial'. This involves the use of objects and simple rituals - either by the audience or the artist herself - to transport us to full consciousness of the present moment. Come and sample sound, photography, video and installation works from the full spectrum of her artistic output: from her solo performances of the 1970s, 80s and 90s to ground-breaking work with former partner Ulay, as well as new Transitory Objects works and exercises such as Counting the Rice, where you can experience for yourself 'the Abramović Method'.

This exhibition is curated by Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne.

Marina Abramovic in Australia: two unique projects presented by MONA and Kaldor Public Art Projects.


Image credits, top to bottom:

Artist Portrait with
a Candle (detail)
© Marina Abramović,
Courtesy of the Marina
Abramović Archives

Marina Abramović and
David Walsh in Conversation
Video by Raef Sawford

The Scream (video still)
© Marina Abramović,
Courtesy of the Marina
Abramović Archives

AAA-AAA (video still)
© Marina Abramović and Ulay
Courtesy of the Marina
Abramović Archives

Dozing Consciousness (video still)
© Marina Abramović,
Courtesy of the Marina
Abramović Archives