Marina Abramovic is restaging her famous work ‘The Artist Is Present’ to raise money for Ukraine

March 26, 2022

Marina Abramovic will be reperforming her renown work 'The Artist Is Present' to raise money for Ukraine. Twelve years ago, thousands of people attended the performance at the MoMA in New York. Many camped for a chance to sit across from Abramović to experience the work. Abramović will auction two seats across from her in a re-performance of the piece. All proceeds will go to Ukraine. via CBS News. Bidding lasts until Friday night on Artsy here.

"Now, this is not Ukraine anymore. It's all of us. It's about humanity. It's about the possibility of facing a third World War using nuclear weapons. This is something where all of us have to act, and I can only act with my own tools, and this is my performance."

Marina Abramović

NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Artist Marina Abramovic performs during the "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present" exhibition opening night party at The Museum of Modern Art on March 9, 2010 in New York City.ANDREW H. WALKER / GETTY IMAGES

At a recent press conference Abramovic also noted her installation in Ukraine, the "Crystal Wall of Crying" had been destroyed. The monument commemorated Jews killed in the Babyn Yar massacre.

Artist Marina Abramovic performs next to her artwork "Crystal Wall of Crying" at Babyn Yar, the site of one of the biggest massacres of the Holocaust during World War Two, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 4, 2021. Picture taken October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich