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Feel Good Friday – Marina and Ulay

Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.

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  • Puzzled April 12, 2013, 4:57 am

    This was intensely moving for me. Watching them reach out to each other made me weep.

  • Julia April 12, 2013, 6:42 am

    She is my favorite performance artist by far. I wish I could have been there. As close as they once were, you can see they don’t need words. 🙂

  • Lo April 12, 2013, 6:47 am

    This moved me to tears. It was amazing.

    Can you imagine being the woman who came up after Ulay, though??

  • Princess Buttercup April 12, 2013, 10:12 am

    So much said with barely a word…

  • NostalgicGal April 12, 2013, 11:13 am


  • Daquiri40 April 12, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I have to admit that performance art is not anything I usually “get”. This was beautiful. So beautiful.

    Does anyone know what he said to her?

  • Barb April 12, 2013, 12:12 pm

    I wanted her to run after him…..

  • Nordique April 12, 2013, 12:38 pm

    This made me teary… so intensely moving. It’s astounding how much can be communicated without words.

  • sv April 12, 2013, 2:53 pm

    That was beautiful!!!!

  • The TARDIS April 12, 2013, 5:30 pm

    That moment was the artistry of LIFE.

  • grumpy_otter April 12, 2013, 5:56 pm

    I wanted to know more about them–they parted on the Great Wall in 1988. And, as cool as this video is (wow–what can be said with just a look?) she had spoken to him earlier in the day and knew he was going to be there.

    Still awesome–they both have amazing faces.

  • TimeLady April 12, 2013, 6:21 pm

    Barb, you’re not the only one! The romantic in me was desperately hoping for it ^^;

  • Lexie April 13, 2013, 4:50 am

    @Daquiri40, I believe he said ‘I love that dress’.

    A beautiful moment. I don’t really know what to say – the sadness of it strikes me more than the happiness.

  • Laura April 25, 2013, 12:41 pm

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