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FILM + FOOD TICKET $36 +BF details at purchase

Doors, Box Office and Grey Gardens Cinema Bar open one hour prior to film start time


Grey Gardens
51 Victoria Street, Fitzroy

Marina Abramović

The Artist is Present

Director • Matthew Akers & Jeff Dupre

Country • USA

Year • 2012

Duration • 106 min

Rating • MA

“Most masterpieces, people stand in front of for thirty seconds. Mona Lisa: thirty seconds. But people come and sit here all day.” – Art critic Arthur Danto

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move. This documentary follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective  and the presentation of her 2010 work at MoMA in New York: The Artist is Present

In this work Marina sits in the museum’s atrium, gazing straight into the eyes of whoever sits down in front of her. She does this seven hours a day, every day for three months. 1,565 sit with her. 750,000 come to watch. She gives each sitter her absolute attention, using the audience, as MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach says, “like air to breathe.”  More than any of her previous works The Artist is Present had the power to fulfil Abramović’s own dictum about long-durational work, where ‘performance becomes life itself’, and life becomes art.

Reprised from several sold-out sessions in our 2013 season, this incredible documentary screens as a nod to Abramović’s current tour through Hobart and Sydney. It is one of the first films to play at our new, permanent home in Grey Gardens.

We offer film + food tickets which include a smorgesbord of healthy, cinema-friendly food (can be eaten with one hand). Film and food packages must be pre-purchased and may be claimed up to an hour before screening time, during the film or afterwards. A limited number of smorgesbords will be available to buy on the spot. The Grey Gardens Cinema bar stays open to ticket-holders until late.

“Picasso pushed the limits of pictorial representation. Abramović does the same thing for comfort zones.”

–The New York Times Style Magazine

“People don’t understand that the hardest thing is to actually do something which is close to nothing. It’s demanding all of you, because there is no story any more to tell, there is no objects to hide behind.”

–Marina Abramović