On Friday evening Marina Abramović’s big retrospective The Cleaner opened at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
It’s a powerful tour through the radical work she realized in the early part of her career with her partner, Ulay, who was also present at the festive premier. This is also the first time that the Renault bus, in which the couple lived under extremely Spartan conditions during their years on the road, has been on display. Besides the start of this traveling exhibition—which will later go to Denmark’s Louisiana Museum and to the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn—the catalogue published by Hatje Cantz was also celebrated, along with a special reunion: in front of the audience gathered for the opening, Ulay and Abramović announced that they had finally reconciled after years of strife.
The Moderna Museet has a unique collection of art ranging from the classic modern to the contemporary, and Abramović also reactivated it in existing seating arrangements integrating large crystals. Traces of her controversial, body-centric performances can be seen everywhere in the show. The artist wasn’t able to thank the Hatje Cantz team personally for producing the catalogue, but the museum’s director, Daniel Birnbaum, didn’t miss the chance to do so. The retrospective is on display until May 21 in Stockholm.
Exhibition: The Cleaner
February 18 to May 21, 2017
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
February 20, 2017