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"Marina Abramovic: Directions"
2001-11-15 until 2002-02-18
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
This exhibition marks the first public showing of The Hero, 2001, a new work by Marina Abramovic (b. Belgrade, 1946), the Amsterdam-based artist whose performance and video installation Balkan Baroque (1997) won the International Award at the Venice Biennale of that year.
In this large-scale video projection, the artist is seated on a white horse, her windblown hair and majestic pose recalling heroic equestrian monuments, while a woman's voice sings and hums a haunting ballad. The work is dedicated to Abramovic's late father, a Yugoslav national hero.
The exhibition, organized by Phyllis Rosenzweig, the Hirshhorn's curator of works on paper, is accompanied by a free brochure. The exhibition has been generously supported by Trellis Fund, the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, and by contributions to the Hirshhorn's Annual Circle. Directions Gallery, third floor.
The Hero, 2001