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National YoungArts Foundation and Visionaire Present Free World Premiere of “A Portrait of Marina Abramovic”

National YoungArts Foundation and Visionaire Present Free World Premiere of A Portrait of Marina AbramovicDecember 4 – 7, 6pm – YoungArts, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), a non-profit organization that recognizes and supports the nation’s most talented young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts, and Visionaire, the creative producers behind the limited-edition art and fashion collectible, today announced that YoungArts will present the world premiere of the new short film installation A Portrait of Marina Abramović by emerging artist Matthu Placek. Free public screenings will be held during Art Basel in Miami Beach, December 4 – 7, 2013, every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00 pm in the Jewel Box on the YoungArts campus, located at 2100 Biscayne Boulevard.

An internationally celebrated pioneer of performance art who was the subject of a blockbuster retrospective in 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art, Marina Abramović is best known for works that explore the physical limitations of the body, as well as the body’s potential to be a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Created by Placek, A Portrait of Marina Abramović marks the international premiere of his first major work. The 3-D film installation documents Marina Abramovic standing in the middle of a derelict building in Hudson, New York, that will be converted into the Marina Abramović Institute. The camera pans to capture the volume of the space, while evoking a sense of the life of the artist, her keen sense of transition and the imminence of renewal. Accompanying the image is an ancient Greek song, translated and recorded by the world-renowned Serbian singer Svetlana Spajić, recalling the cycle of birth, maturity, decay and rebirth.

The screenings will take place in a building going through its own rebirth. The “Jewel Box”  has been stripped down to prepare for its transformation into part of YoungArts’ multi-disciplinary arts campus, designed by Frank Gehry. These screenings offer a one-time-only opportunity to experience the interior of the iconic Jewel Box as an open and exposed space, showcasing the building’s hammered stained glass “tapestries.” The creation and presentation of A Portrait of Marina Abramović marks the launch of VisionaireFILM, Visionaire’s film division, a multi-media forum for creative expression for internationally renowned artists, filmmakers, and personalities. The presentation of the film is made possible in part through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.