Artist: Marina Abramovic

8 Jul

Balkan Erotic Epic

Women that massage their breasts under the rain, soaking wet and covered with mud.

and then

men dressed in traditional costumes have sex with the ground, then nude  men masturbating into the earth

 To help the grass grow, men masturbate into it

Popular songs and rites.

Crude images imbued with passion and signed by Marina Abramovic in the suggestive installation video where the Serbian artist entrusts a reflection on the relationship between eros and death in the popular culture of ex-Yugoslavia.

Balkan Erotic Epic is one of the works that was exhibited in the exhibition called “La sostenibile leggerezza dell’essere” that was on at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in Venice  from sept 13 to 23 nov 2008,  on at the same time as the Biennale di Architecture where alot of my favorite artists exhibited their works: Candida Hoefer and Yoko Ono. They all confronted the issue of the concept of  physical and cultural space.

The image of the woman fondling her breasts was everywhere and has become an icon. You still see it nowadays.

it moves you…maybe repulses you too.

Her latest challenge was The Artist is Present, a performance retrospective of her career,  on at the MOMA, where she did an extreme performance: 7 hours a day, sitting and immobile, watching the visitors at the exhibiton without saying a word. It involves viewer participation (I love that in a museum, as you all well know), to allow visitors to experience the timelessness of the works.

The Artist is present

You can read a review by Germano Celant in Espresso, entitled “Monumento al silenzio”  at

or the video

Have fun!



2 Responses to “Artist: Marina Abramovic”

  1. Jim Spark July 11, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    Um Jenny, are you kidding me? Very interesting but is this really art?

  2. P. Hill July 21, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    Oh come on Jim. Are telling me you have never massaged your breasts under the rain covered in mud? Really? Really?

    Now I know why my neighbors lawn is so green and thick.

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