Marina Abramović is an artist who knows the power of a simple idea. Her seminal works are easy to summarise – walking the entire length of the Great Wall of China, living on three open platforms at a gallery for 12 days, locking eyes with 1,000 strangers from across a wooden table – while striking an emotional chord with audiences far beyond the art world and leaving a searing impression on our lives.

The Serbian conceptual and performance artist is widely admired for an enormous and unwavering self-discipline, and a willingness to push the boundaries of the human body and mind. These convictions are evident in the dish she has chosen for her Wallpaper* artist’s palate recipe, which originates from a cookbook by Austrian doctor Nonna Brenner. The artist explains that the barely seasoned ‘diet soup’ of flax seeds, oats and oat bran is meant to be consumed on the first day of fasting: ‘Monastic, simple and pure, it is deeply satisfying and keeps your mind peaceful and clear.’ 

In September, the artist will have a notable presence in London. Her ‘Seven Deaths’, a new show of work inspired by the tragic life of operatic legend Maria Callas, runs from 14 September – 30 October at Lisson Gallery on Cork Street and Lisson Street; she will stage an ‘multimedia sensory experience’ with WePresent at the Old Truman Brewery, and will take part in a three-artist group show at Colnaghi which will also see works by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, and Nico Vascellari in dialogue with a range of historical masterworks. 

Ingredients

Flax seeds
Oats
Oat bran
Pinch of herb salt
Zest from a frozen lemon

Method

Add 1.5 litres of water to a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Add all the ingredients and cook for 5 minutes, adding salt to taste. Add the lemon zest and serve. §

A version of this article originally appeared in the September 2021 Style issue of Wallpaper* (W*269). On newsstands now, and available for free download