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One of the most extraordinary performance artists in the world, Marina Abramović’s extensive body of work showcases the intense physical encounters she is known for, through a combination of historic and new works.

A pioneer of performance art, Marina Abramović is known for challenging her own physical and mental capabilities as an artist, performer and human being, encouraging her audience to encounter with her.

In the first-ever UK exhibition to explore her entire career, some of Abramović’s iconic performance pieces will be re-imagined by younger performers, alongside brand-new works created for the RA galleries. Developed in close collaboration with Abramović, the exhibition particularly explores the artist’s perception of her changing body, now approaching her 70s, looking at the transition between life and death.

In Rhythm 0, originally performed in 1974, audiences were given the option to interact with Abramović however they chose from a range of props, famously resulting in a loaded gun being held to the artist’s head. And, in 2010 during the performance of The Artist is Present, audiences were challenged to face their own emotions as they sat in silence opposite the artist. Re-performances of these works explore the idea of legacy alongside photography, film and installation, while Abramović also reflects on the ongoing debate about performance art – can performance art outlive the moment of performance?

The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of talks and events with Marina Abramović.

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