This summer Marina Abramović stages her first durational performance in a UK gallery, from 10am and 6pm, six days a week - a total of 512 hours.
Abramović’s only materials are herself, the audience and a selection of everyday objects. On arrival, visitors must leave behind their bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras in order to become part of the performing body.
Born in 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia, Abramović describes herself as the 'grandmother of performance art'. A pioneer of the genre, she uses her own body as subject, pushing it to its physical and mental limits.
This is her first major performance since The Artist is Present, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2010, in which visitors were invited to sit in silence opposite the artist and gaze into her eyes for an unspecified amount of time. Abramović performed this work every day for three months.
For her exhibition at the Serpentine, the artist has committed to perform an unscripted and improvised piece within the space of the gallery.