Ulay dies, the artist who immortalized the relationship between body, space and society

March 02, 2020 at 13:24 p.m.


UlayGerman performance artist of 76 years He died Monday because of lymphatic cancer in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Frank Uwe Laysiepen born in 1943 in Solingen, Germany He stood out with his photographs and performances in the late 60s and 70s.

Ulay's best known works are those he made between 1976 and 1989 with the Serbian artist Marina Abramovic, who was also his sentimental partner.

Their last collaboration together consisted of walking through one end of the Great Wall China.

Ulay departed from the Gobi desert and Abramovic from the Yellow Sea, both walked 2 kilometers, met at the agreed point and said goodbye (forever).

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Thanks to his training as a photographer, Ulay documented his performances on several occasions, the Polaroid being one of his favorite ways to immortalize his art.

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The artist, who traveled to various countries to collaborate with local artists focused his works on the relationship between body, space and society.

Australia, China, the United States and the Netherlands are just some of the places where German was inspired.

His latest project was Water for All (WATERTOALL) focused on the Arab world and its water shortage compared to the Netherlands.

Ulay's work is part of important museum collections such as the Stedejlik Museum in Amsterdam, the Center Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.




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