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The exhibition Akış/Flux: Marina Abramović + MAI is temporarily closed. The ‘Single Entry’, March and April ‘Monthly Multiple Entries’ and ‘Entire Exhibition Multiple Entries’ tickets purchased earlier to visit the exhibition and could not be used within this time frame, will be valid once the exhibition is open.

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Akış / Flux, an exhibition featuring Marina Abramović + MAI opens at Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), along with its conjunction at Akbank Sanat on January 31, 2020 with the support of Akbank.

The exhibition will constitute Turkey’s first large-scale retrospective of Marina Abramović, who is one of the pioneers of performance art in the world, and will be open to visit until April 26, 2020 between 12:00 - 20:00, six days a week. Akış / Flux, realized with the joint efforts of SSM and Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), will introduce video and photographic documentation of performances by the artist, along with live performances developed with MAI and artists who were brought together by an open call and invitation, as well as a section dedicated to the Abramović Method. Concurrent with the exhibition Akış / Flux at SSM, Akbank Sanat will host a documentary series presenting the history of works by Abramović, as well a video gallery featuring numerous works in performance, aiming to explore the legacy of performance art still informing its present.

The exhibition at SSM consists of three sections. The first section will feature video and photographic documentation of Marina Abramović’s iconic performances, loaned from private collections and institutions, to represent the artist’s 50-year career. Akış / Flux aims to introduce and support performance art, which is the general term developed in the 1970s to define the non-object, immaterial and time-dependent form of art that is widely performed today as an interdisciplinary social process, encouraging art audiences in Turkey to experience performance art firsthand.

The second section of the exhibition will present performance projects both submitted to an open call launched in August 2019 for practicing artists working in all forms of performance, as well as artists invited to participate in the exhibition. The long durational live performances will be taking place alternately within a three-month schedule for eight hours between 12:00 - 20:00 every day the museum is open to visit.

Akış / Flux will be concluded by the section dedicated to “The Abramović Method”, where visitors will be invited to participate in a unique experience through exercises Abramović developed for the public. Created over decades of research on performance and immaterial art, Marina Abramović deems “The Method” to be her masterpiece, and the audience will hold a central place in the section where they will be presented with new experiences. “The Abramović Method” is a large scale, public participatory event joining people in a communal experience to connect with oneself and with each other, and an exploration of being present in both time and space through exercises that focus on breath, motion, stillness, and concentration.

Please click on the link for the exhibition guide.

Videos


Selected Works


The Kitchen V, Carrying the Milk, 2009
From the series The Kitchen, Homage to Saint Teresa
Performance for video
1 hour
© Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Marina Abramović
Rhythm 0, 1974
Performance
6 hours
Studio Morra, Naples, Italy
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Ulay / Marina Abramović
Rest Energy, 1980
Performance for Video
4’ 10"
ROSC' 80, Dublin, Ireland
© Ulay / Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Marina Abramović
Rhythm 5, 1974
Performance
90\’
Student Cultural Center, Belgrade
© Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Marina Abramović
Standing Structure for Human Use, 2015
From the series Transitory Objects for Human Use
Dark wood, clear quartz
© Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Marina Abramović
The Artist is Present, 2010
Performance
3 months / 736 hours
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
© Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Marina Abramović
Confession, 2010
Performance for Video
60'
© Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives
Marina Abramovic
Stromboli, 2002
Performance for Video
19' 33"
Stromboli, Italy
© Marina Abramović
Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives