Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present follows the glamorous, fearless, controversial performance artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at new York’s museum of modern art. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premier museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more. For four decades, she has used her own body as a medium, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, and at times risking her life in the process.

Now, with the show at MOMA, she has the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again throughout her career: “So why is this art?”

A mesmerizing journey through the landscape of radical performance, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present offers an intimate, engaging portrait of an endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between art and life.

Following its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, The Artist Is Present went on to win the panorama audience award for best documentary at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and the special jury prize at the Sheffield Docfest, among many other awards. Critics hailed it as “a moving and masterfully constructed exploration of what makes art—or anything else—worth doing in the first place,” and simply, as “one of the best documentaries of an artist and art ever made.”

The film aired on HBO in 2012.

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Awards

Winner – 2013 Emmy Award – Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Winner – George Foster Peabody Award 2012
Winner – Panorama Audience Award – Berlin Film Festival 2012
Winner – Grand jury prize – Sheffield Docfest 2012
Winner – Champs Elysée Film Festival 2012
Winner – Sarajevo Film Festival 2012 – Audience Award, Best Feature Film
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival 2012
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award 2012
Nominated – Gotham IFP Award 2012
Nominated – Best Documentary – Cinema Eye Honors 2012