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Marina Abramovic Turns 70 | Insta of the Week

She celebrated seven decades of pain and performance with an appropriately strange party at the Guggenheim.

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Last night Marina Abramović hosted friends and enemies alike at her 70th birthday party, which filled the winding staircases of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York City. Abramović is an icon, known for groundbreaking performances in which she sliced her own hands with a knife, stood still while encouraging visitors to do anything they desired, sat making direct eye contact with guests at the Museum of Modern Art eight hours a day for three months, and prowled a room full of blindfolded visitors. Appropriately, her birthday party was as enigmatic and interactive as her lifelong practice.


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Abramović turned 70 on November 30, but last night was the official celebration, attended by artists Andres Serrano, Martha Tuttle, Nir Hod, Dustin Yellin, Shirin Neshat, as well as actress Naomi Campbell, magician David Copperfield, and Monica Lewinsky.

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