Double bill: Abramović returns to Australia with blockbuster tour
Following on from last summer’s success at the Serpentine Gallery, renowned Serbian artist Marina Abramović returns with a double season in Tasmania and Sydney.
It was by happy coincidence that the longstanding arts philanthropist John Kaldor and David Walsh, the enigmatic founder of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), approached Abramović for separate shows, imploring her to return to Australia. It is, after all, the setting for her first performance of ’The Gaze’, which was largely responsible for her celebrity status. ’She holds Australia very dear to her heart,’ explains Kaldor. ’It is like her artistic, spiritual home.’
At MONA, Abramović will perform some of her earliest pieces, originally conceived with her then-collaborative partner, the German artist Ulay, as well as some of her more recent work. The show, titled ’Private Archaeology’, will run over a four-month period, beginning 13 June.
Then, over in Sydney, ’Marina Abramović: In Residence’ will take her audience on a journey, making them active collaborators as opposed to a passive bystanders. As with her 2014 London show, ’512 Hours’, Abramović herself will ‘conduct’ her subjects through the now-famous ‘Abramović Method’, which endorses and instills mindfulness in her audience, taking them through a physical and emotional journey. Alongside her 12-day residency, the artist will take a dozen young artists under her wing.
Continuing her Australian tour, Abramović and David Walsh will host an afternoon of conversation at the Odeon Theatre in Hobart on 14 June; a true blockbuster of Abramović activities.