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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 1 edition (August 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N3SFJQD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Museum of Modern Love is a highly original novel of a man’s search for meaning and answers on the backdrop of one of the biggest exhibitions of performance art in history, Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present. You do not need to have knowledge of performance art, or art in general, to enjoy this accessible novel. Shortlisted for The Stella Prize, The Museum of Modern Love has received high praise! Read on to see if this is a book you would like to read!
Arky had lost his way. A film composer living in New York, he had been unable to compose since his wife left, leaving behind the message that he was not to see her. Amidst his grief and guilt, he isolated himself from his friends who could not understand why he was not fighting for her. He was alone in the new apartment they bought together but which she never saw. His daughter also hadn’t seen his new home; they were not close, whilst she visited her mother whenever she could.
On a walk around the city one day he found himself at the Museum of Modern Art where he stumbled upon Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance artist, who did perform this act at the MoMA in 2010, undertook a feat of human endurance, both physical and mental. She, in real life and in this novel, sat remarkably still in a chair, seven hours a day for three months, and invited members of the public to sit opposite her and gaze into her eyes.
Arky was mesmorised by the performance, sitting on the sidelines as he watched others transform before him, seemingly growing, and asking questions, and finding answers, all from the depths of Marina’s eyes. So he returned. Day after day after day, unable to stay away. He talked of art and life and love with others that were similarly transfixed by the beauty of the art taking place before them. Arky began to find answers to questions he didn’t even know he had and found the pieces missing in his life.
I really wanted to love this book. The concept of the performance artist is intriguing, in particular how this style of art is able to bring people together, and connect and move and touch them. Learning about Marina Abramovic and the various daring feats she performed through her career was fascinating. The novel did give substantial biographic information throughout the narrative which was interesting in its own right, however for me this became repetitive and did not add substantially to the storyline.
I did find it difficult to connect with the characters and the story. The writing style itself was pleasant to read, however the characters were flat and one-dimensional and because of this, I wasn’t invested in the story. Arky’s plight didn’t move me, and I didn’t find the insights or transformations particularly profound. Perhaps precisely because I wasn’t invested in the story and thus not reading deep enough, but for me there seemed to be something missing, a missing link between the art and the answers to all of life’s big questions.
This was a nice story but there was just something missing. The best part for me was learning about this incredible performance!