The Royal Academy of Arts: Artist in Conversation with Marina Abramović Hon RA

Marina Abramović Hon RA and Andrea Tarsia, the Royal Academy of Arts Director of Exhibitions, treated the overflowing Benjamin West Lecture Theatre to an open-hearted discussion of Abramović’s total artistic devotion as her life’s work.

Abramović’s mental and physical dedication to performance art expunged the limits of what art can be. Abramović and Tarsia discussed the next chapter of her work, freeing her determination in new practice “not just without pain, [but] with a huge amount of humour,” alongside the iconic, affecting pieces of her legacy.

As we contemplate the future of performance art and embrace Abramović’s vision for the performance artists of tomorrow, we can observe the dynamic of her life’s work as she herself conceives how “[her…] legacy is going to continue.

Marina Abramović
Royal Academy of Arts, London
23 September 2023 to 1 January 2024

Enjoy an extract from the evening

Footage courtesy of the Royal Academy of Arts © Royal Academy of Arts 2023