I honestly can’t remember if I already re-blogged this or not. But yeah. Marina Abramovic’s MOMA show is still one of the best art shows I’ve ever been to.
The story below about how Abramovic and Ulay walked the Great Wall of China was represented at the show by a random video in the corner - easy to overlook in the midst of more attention-grabbing pieces. They had originally planned to walk from opposite ends and get married in the middle; but their relationship eroded and the piece became a breakup ritual of sorts instead. They obviously still cared so much about each other and for their history…
I stood alone in the corner of the MOMA watching the video about it and cried. Maybe it was some things I was going through; maybe it was how MA’s work is all about these tenuous personal ties and relationships and tensions in various ways. Whatever – I don’t think I’ve ever seen such honest art.
Marina Abramovic meets Ulay
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”
(Source: carlosbaila, via thehandies)