Exhibition — 16 Mar until 14 Jul 2024

This exhibition represents the first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands of the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović, pioneer of performance art and former resident of Amsterdam.

In a career that spans five decades, the artist has propelled performance from its experimental beginnings into the mainstream. In this retrospective, Abramović’s entire oeuvre is reviewed and put into contemporary context – from her early works made in the 1970s in Belgrade and Amsterdam, to the revolutionary works she created together with her longtime partner Ulay through the 1980s, up to and including works from her renewed solo practice, which is still active today.

Famous for works such as The Artist is Present (2010), Abramović’s solo practice beckons audience interaction, and engages with spirituality, the natural environment, and the transience of the body. An early proponent of the use of the live body, Abramović has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental endurance, while also expanding her practice to embrace collective experience, whether through participatory works or founding the performance art training initiative, the Marina Abramović Institute.

photo of performance by Marina Abramović, she is brushing her hair in a rough manner
Marina Abramović, 'Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful', 1975–76, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. c/o Pictoright Amsterdam

This exhibition is being organized by the Royal Academy, London, and will travel to Amsterdam, Kunsthaus Zürich, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Kunstforum Vienna. Curated for the Stedelijk by Karen Archey and Nina Folkersma. The exhibition is generously supported by the benefactors of the Marina Abramović Circle and the Stedelijk Museum Fund sand sponsored by ABN AMRO.