On February 8 opens in theaters The Artist is Present, a documentary that shows the details of the performance of the artist at MoMA in 2010.

Premiere of the definitive performance of Marina Abramovic
New York City - JAN 29, 2013

Between 14 March and 31 May 2010, Marina Abramovic held her definitive performance, The Artist is Present. A monumental work of 700 hours, during which the artist stared at the eyes look literally thousands of attendees who visited the museum hall. For many, the performance marked a before and after in the long history of the performance art queen. Even Abramovic herself recognizes the significance of the performance. Most say it was the final step of the artist to the highest sphere of alternative art.

Now, two years after the famous event, premieres a documentary of the same name that shows the details of the performance and the things that the artist suffered during the 700 hours that it lasted. 

The film offers an intimate look at the vision that the artist of her own work and even her life, which she ensures is completely influenced by the strict upbringing she received from her parents. For Abramovic art, and even more performance, is a mental state, much more than just a physical action. The Artist is Present also involved the viewer in this gruelling experience. The artist challenged the visitor to look her directly in the eyes, both emotionally naked and devoid of distractions, without words or gestures. The audience reactions are varied and are included the film in detail to analyse the degree of impact caused on each person and the human ability to maintain the gaze with a stranger. 

The documentary also offers a look behind the scenes to contemplate the long and difficult logistics and preparation of an artistic event of this calibre in a world-renowned institution.

The film will be released in theatres on February 8. But for those who want to get ahead of the official release, the Thyssen-Bornemisza it screened on February 7, the Guggenheim Bilbao on February 5, IVAM on February 5 and Es Baluard Feb. 7.


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