The recreation of a daring work by Marina Abramovic is making headlines months before it arrives in London. Martin Bailey asks what the exibition can teach us about the longevity of performance art.
'Marina Abramovic’s famed performance Imponderabilia is to be recreated at London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) next year. First performed in 1977 in Bologna, it originally involved Abramovic, naked, standing in a fairly narrow gallery entrance directly opposite her then partner, the German artist Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen). The performance was recreated at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2010.
Visitors had to decide whether to squeeze almost sideways past the two bodies, and if so whether to face the male or female figure (both males and females generally preferred to face the female performer). Alternatively, visitors could pass through another open entrance with easy access.' ... Keep reading on The Art Newspaper