Marina Abramovic: Rhythm 0, 1974

21 באוקטובר 2014

Marina Abramovic, born in 1946 in Serbia, is, above all, brave. In one of her earliest, most challenging, and ultimately famous exhibits, Rhythm 0, 1974, she made herself the art piece.

She laid out 72 items on a table, including a feather boa, a thorny rose, cotton balls, honey and a dangerous selection of knives, scissors, chains, a whip, and a pistol with a single bullet.

Photo by: Getty Images
Photo by: Getty Images

As a way to test the limits between performer and audience, she let her viewers use any item on her in any way for six hours as she stood completely still and silent. They started off gentle and cautious, but escalated into cutting off her clothes, drawing on her body, and one even held the gun to her head.

Photo courtesy of PR
Photo courtesy of PR

The table and items are reconstructed with items from both the original performance and specific to Israel. A slideshow is projected in the background of emotional images from her original performance.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, until Feb 14 2015, see: Rhythm 0, 1974