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The per­for­mance pi­o­neer Ma­rina Abramovic hosted a sep­a­rate ex­hi­bi­tion at Moma in New York. Ma­rina Abramovic: The artist is present was the mu­seum's first per­for­mance ret­ro­spec­tive and strength­ened Abramovic's sta­tus as one of the most in­flu­en­tial artists in the world. The ex­hi­bi­tion saw Abramovic com­mit to her long­est per­for­mance work so far, as she was present dur­ing the mu­seum's open­ing times from March through to May 2010. She met with the visi­tors, who were en­cour­aged to sit down in si­lence in front of the artist. This meant the view­ers be­came part of the piece them­selves. Ev­ery­thing was doc­u­mented and movies and photos spread vi­rally. The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cased 50 pieces from Abramovic's ca­reer that's spun 40 years, from video films and sound­tracks to in­stal­la­tions and other forms of doc­u­men­ta­tion. The is­sue of mak­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive of a per­for­mance artist was solved by us­ing dancers. The doc­u­men­tary, The artist is present, which be­came a huge suc­cess with the public, was cre­ated dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.


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