MOSCOW: 'Strictly red and black was the dress code and performance art the draw at the opening of Marina Abramovics retrospective in Moscow last night. And so the expansive foyer of the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture came to resemble an avant-garde convention as all 300 attendees complied with the artists directive.
In the red camp was Garage patron (and now Garage magazine editor) Dasha Zhukova, dazzling in a peplum-fronted crimson velvet dress by Tom Ford; Abramovic herself and W Hotels Global Fashion Director Jenne Lombardo also wore scarlet. Revellers in black included Wendi Murdoch, artist Dinos Chapman, model Maryna Linchuk and boyfriend Salvatore Morale, who DJed the after-party.
Iconoclastic performance artist Abramovic came to Moscow to prepare her The Artist is Present Garage show fresh from a three-month residency at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art. At the end of that show, whose title Garage adopted, close friend and collaborator Riccardo Tisci threw Abramovic a party and dressed her in a gown made from the skins of 101 snakes.
Abramovics master works include explorations of emotional dependency and bodily pain, all of which are "reperformed" or represented through video and photographic documentation at Garage. The piece for which she may be known most widely, The House with the Ocean View, is also there. (If Carrie Bradshaws first date with The Russiana midnight dinner at The Russian Samovar followed by a gallery jauntrings any bells, youll know the one. More