Ulay

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Our “Cold Front from the Balkans” exhibition focuses on different generations of artists and art groups from the Balkan region. Throughout the exhibition, we keep sharing detailed information about the artworks. Take a look at Ulay’s “There is A Criminal Touch to Art”. Born in 1943 in Solingen, Ulay’s real name is Frank Uwe Laysiepen. He is also known with his “Relation Works” with Marina Abramovic.

This video is one of the early works of Ulay. Portraying the stealing of a work made by Hitler’s favorite portrait painter from the museum in Berlin, this performance cries from 1976 that some actions are just performances and not burglaries—this is actually what Ulay says to the museum authorities over the phone. Having “stolen” the painting, the artist goes to the Turkish neighborhood in Berlin and in one of the houses, he replaces a kitsch landscape painting on the wall with the portrait. Ulay’s performance shows on the one hand how that period tried to settle the accounts with the Nazi era and on the other, when viewed from the perspective of performance arts, it reveals the extraordinary understanding of the museum director and the libertarian atmosphere of the time.

Cold Front From the Balkans” exhibition can be visited until 7 May at Pera Museum!

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