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Marina Abramovic Hit by Painting in Florence!

  • Marina Abramovic Hit by Painting in Florence!
September 24, 2018
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Marina Abramović was unhurt after a man hit her on the head with a painting on the evening of September 23 in Florence, Italy. The performance artist visited town’s Palazzo Strozzi on the occasion of the opening of The Cleaner, her grand retrospective.

The institution’s director Arturo Galansino posted an update on Instagram stating that the artist is “fine”.

Italy: Performance artist Marina Abramovic attacked in Florence

Marina Abramovic Attacked with Painting in Florence

One of the most famous names in the world of art, Marina Abramović has spent the week in the Italian town which was concluded with the signing of her book “Marina Abramovic Interviews 1976-2018”.

On her way through the halls of Palazzo Strozzi, she was attacked by an unknown man who used a wooden-frame painting which, according to reports was made by the attacker himself and it featured a portrait of Abramović.

The artist was not hurt in the incident, and she actually wanted to meet her attacker and ask him why he did it.

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Stiamo bene! Everything is fine! Il direttore della Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Arturo Galansino, curatore della mostra “Marina Abramović. The Cleaner”, in corso a Palazzo Strozzi a Firenze (fino al 20 gennaio 2019), esprime il suo sentito dispiacere per l’aggressione subita dall’artista nel cortile di Palazzo Strozzi in data odierna. L’episodio si è verificato subito dopo la conclusione di un altro appuntamento di grande successo di pubblico per la firma del suo nuovo libro di interviste “Marina Abramovic Interviews 1976-2018”, evento che ha concluso una trionfale settimana di eventi con l’artista a Firenze, culminata nella conferenza pubblica al Teatro del Maggio Musciale Fiorentino a cui hanno partecipato oltre 1.500 persone. Marina Abramović sta bene e non ha subito alcun danno fisico. Dopo le verifiche con le forze dell’ordine ha lasciato Palazzo Strozzi con serenità. Subito dopo l’accaduto ha voluto incontrare l’aggressore per un confronto diretto sulle ragioni di questa azione.

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The Cleaner at Palazzo Strozzi

Over 100 words made between by Marina Abramović the 1960s and the 2000s are now presented as part of The Cleaner, Italy’s first retrospective dedicated to the work of “the grandmother of performance art”. It is also the first showcase at Palazzo Strozzi devoted to a female artist.

Abramović is known for her performances which test the limits of the body and its potential for creative expression.

The exhibition will stay on view until 20 January 2019.