Due to the large number of visitors, the exhibition Marina Abramović Two Hearts at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna will be prolonged until Friday, June 22, 2018. To this day, around 2,000 art lovers have visited the exhibition of the most important performance artist of the present day.
“We can have so many hearts inside ourselves. In my lifetime, I have discovered two hearts. This show is about my reflections on duality, the power of female energy, and temporality.“ (Marina Abramović)
Two Hearts deals with the heart as the seat of the soul, moral identity and personhood. Having two or more hearts means that different versions of the self are existing in one being. Marina Abramović’s exhibition brings together a group of works that deal with dualities and themes such as the self-portrait, feminine energy and feminine identity that were part of Marina Abramović’s artistic creation from the beginning.
The solo exhibition features the main rooms, the showroom and the kabinett of Galerie Krinzinger. On display are large-format photographic works and light boxes that deal with life and death, the spiritual and physical, the light side and the dark side, existence and emptiness and the theme of the virgin as a warrior – the embodiment of the human history of morality. Among others, the light boxes Carrying Elvira (2006) and Virgin Warrior (2006), the Portrait with Maracas (2006), Me and Me II, a photograph from 2008 – and current works, including five new light boxes Untitled (2018), a sculpture from the series Communicator (2012 – 2018). The series Study for A Monument (a, b, c, d) (2018) and the revised film version of Dragon Heads (1990 – 1992, 2018) will also be presented.
Marina Abramović is a pioneer of performance as a visual art form. Since the 1970s, she has used her body as a subject and as a medium in her grueling long-term performances to exhaust her physical, mental and emotional boundaries – often even risking her life in search of enhanced awareness, transcendence and self-transformation. For the Serbian artist, the concept of time is an important aspect in her work as well as the inclusion of the public. The significance of this dimension of her work could be seen in her performances Thomas Lips (1975) at the Galerie Krinzinger and in her performances Seven Easy Pieces (2005) at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Artist is Present(2010) as part of her eponymous retrospective at MoMA, New York or 512 Hours (2014) at the London Serpentine Gallery.
Ursula Krinzinger and Marina Abramović look back on decades of friendship and cooperation. As early as 1975 selected works by Marina Abramović and her performance Thomas Lips were to be seen under the title Photo Documentation of Performances Rhythms 10, 2, 5, 4, 0 at Galerie Krinzinger in Innsbruck. Ten years later, the artist convinced with the work Photographic Documentation of Performance 3 in the group exhibition Symbol Tier (1985) also in the Innsbruck gallery. In 1992, Marina Abramović surprised the Viennese audience with her solo exhibition Transitory Objects. (There is also a publication on the occasion of this exhibition.) In 2012, Marina Abramović showed With Eyes Closed I See Happiness self-portraits and objects. In 2017, the series Holding Emptiness (2012) was exhibited in the group show ICON. Marina Abramović, born in Belgrade in 1946, lives and works in New York.