Who is your favorite performance artist


This content was published on March 2nd, 2020 - 3:56 pm (Keystone-SDA)

The German performance artist Ulay is dead. He died on Monday night at the age of 76 in Ljubljana, as a close colleague confirmed on Monday.

First the magazine "Monopol - Magazin für Kunst und Leben" reported about his death. Ulay was a long-time partner of the artist Marina Abramovic, with whom he caused a sensation with bizarre actions beyond the art world. So in 1988 the two walked around 4000 kilometers on the Great Wall of China to meet each other, only to then part forever.

"It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of my friend and ex-partner Ulay today," wrote Abramovic on Instagram. He was an exceptional artist. "It is comforting to know that his art and legacy will live on forever."

The Frankfurt Schirn dedicated a large exhibition to the artist, who was actually called Frank Uwe Laysiepen, in 2016. In the early 1970s Ulay photographed transvestites, marginalized figures, addicts and homeless people on the streets of Amsterdam. That was felt to be highly inappropriate at the time, "Monopoly" wrote in an appraisal.

Ulay was also one of the pioneers of "Body Art". He used tattoos as a theme in Polaroid photos when this type of body jewelry was still part of the world of sailors and prisoners.

In 1976 Ulay temporarily stole Carl Spitzweg's masterpiece "The poor Poet" from the Berlin National Gallery for artistic reasons. He recorded the "theft" in photos together with Marina Abramovic. The artist couple placed the "Armen Poeten", one of the favorite pictures of dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), in the apartment of a Turkish guest worker family in Kreuzberg - and informed the director of the National Gallery that he could now look at the picture in a new setting.

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