Ulay in Geneva: Invisible Opponent

Words by Elena Scarpa
March 10, 2016

Ulay, performance and body art pioneer, gave a historic performance alongside Marina Abramović at the Musée d’art et d’histoire of Geneva in 1977, in support of the creation of a modern art museum in Geneva. Today, the German artist is returning to Musée d’art et d’histoire, invited by the curator Adelina von Fürstenberg, in the context of the 20th anniversary of ART for The World.

On 5 April, the day after the screening of his documentary film Performing Life, Ulay will offer a new performance titled Invisible Opponent in the exact same space he performed 39 years ago.

4 April – Film screening

Performing Life

At the Musée d’art et d’histoire’s Auditorium ULAY will introduce his documentary film Performing Life. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Ulay decided to turn the movie he was working on into a documentary on his life and his battle against the disease. A montage of fragments of ancient performances, interviews and conversations about art, the result is a touching voyage through artistic life and personal memories. The documentary was shown in several venues throughout the world such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Neue Galerie in Berlin. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with the artist.

5 April – Performance

Invisible Opponent

The Musée d’art et d’histoire of Geneva and ART for The World present a new world premiere performance by ULAY. The artist returns to the very same space where, 39 years ago, he gave the seminal performance, Balance Proof, with Marina Abramović.


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