Still from The Hero, 2001, color video on DVD with sound, 17 minutes. Collection of the artist.
November 15, 2001 to February 18, 2002
This exhibition marks the first public showing of The Hero, 2001, a new work by Marina Abramovic (b. Belgrade, 1946), the Amsterdam-based artist whose performance and video installation Balkan Baroque (1997) won the International Award at the Venice Biennale of that year.
In this large-scale video projection, the artist is seated on a white horse, her windblown hair and majestic pose recalling heroic equestrian monuments, while a woman’s voice sings and hums a haunting ballad. The work is dedicated to Abramovic’s late father, a Yugoslav national hero.
The exhibition, organized by Phyllis Rosenzweig, the Hirshhorn’s curator of works on paper, is accompanied by a free brochure. The exhibition has been generously supported by Trellis Fund, the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, and by contributions to the Hirshhorn’s Annual Circle. Directions Gallery, third floor.