Pina Bausch Visiting Professorship

The Folkwang University of the Arts has established the new Pina Bausch Visiting Professorship – named after world-famous Folkwang alumna Pina Bausch and in co-operation with the Pina Bausch Foundation – for the 2022/23 winter semester with funding from the NRW state government.

The Pina Bausch Professorship provides an opportunity for internationally acclaimed artists from all disciplines to spend a year at the Folkwang University of the Arts as a visiting professor, collaborating with the students to develop new work methods and applying mindsets and research approaches that transcend all boundaries.

20. January 2023

Öffentliche Lecture mit Marina Abramović am 8. Februar um 19:30 Uhr

Live in der Neuen Aula und im Stream

Die international renommierte Performance-Künstlerin Marina Abramović startet in wenigen Tagen die zweite Arbeitsphase mit Folkwang Studierenden im Rahmen ihrer Pina Bausch Professur an der Folkwang Universität der Künste. Beteiligt sind 26 internationale Studierende – darunter Sänger*innen, Tänzer*innen, Fotograf*innen, Schauspieler*innen, Regisseur*innen und Komponist*innen im Alter zwischen 17 und 39 Jahren –, mit denen Marina Abramović in insgesamt vier Workshop-Phasen individuelle und gemeinsame Performances erarbeitet.

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24. November 2022

Marina Abramović persönlich:

Resümee zur ersten Workshop-Phase und Ausblick auf 2023

„For the first working phase, my intention with the 26 students of the Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab was to generate as much of their own personal material as possible.

The students created concepts for group performances and solo long durational performances. Both concepts were performed, with the solo works realized in groups of 4-6, in slots of 1 hour. The class immediately discussed the work after performing. We also made performances on video, where they had to use only their heads as material.

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24. November 2022

The Artist Was Present

Resonanz und Medienecho der ersten 10 Tage mit Marina Abramović an Folkwang

Die erste Workshop-Phase mit Pina Bausch Gastprofessorin Marina Abramović ist am Mittwoch, 23. November, zu Ende gegangen. 26 Folkwang Studierende durften dabei sein und im Free Interdisciplinary Performance Laboratory (FIPL) mit ihr arbeiten – 26 junge Künstler*innen aus allen Folkwang Disziplinen, im Alter zwischen 17 und 39 Jahren, und aus neun Nationen.

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14. November 2022

International renommierte Performance-Künstlerin Marina Abramović startet ihre Arbeit an der Folkwang Universität der Künste

Auftakt zur ersten Pina Bausch Gastprofessur mit dem Free Interdisciplinary Performance Laboratory für 27 Folkwang Studierende

Heute fand der Auftakt zum Free Interdisciplinary Performance Laboratory (FIPL) mit der prominenten Performance-Künstlerin Marina Abramović am Essen-Werdener Campus der Folkwang Universität der Künste statt. In einem Pressegespräch stellte Abramović die für das Akademische Jahr 2022/23 geplanten Workshop-Phasen vor. Anwesend waren die 27 Teilnehmer*innen des FIPL – internationale Studierende aller Folkwang Disziplinen Musik, Theater, Tanz, Gestaltung und Wissenschaft – sowie Wegbereiter*innen und Förder*innen der neuen Gastprofessur aus Politik und Kultur. Auf dem Podium sprachen neben Marina Abramović der Gründer und Vorsitzende der Pina Bausch Foundation Salomon Bausch und Folkwang Rektor Prof. Dr. Andreas Jacob.

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Foto: Marco Anelli © 2022

Marina Abramović
since winter semester 2022|23

At the start of the new professorship, it was possible to win the internationally renowned performance artist Marina Abramović as the first guest professor. In four work phases in 2022 and 2023, she will work with 27 selected Folkwang students from all fields of study - music, theater, dance, design and science. A public performance is planned for the summer of 2023.


Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered
performance as a visual art form. She created some of the most important early works in this practice,
including Rhythm 0 (1974), in which she offered herself as an object of experimentation for the audience, as well as Rhythm 5 (1974), where she lay in the centre of a burning five-point star to the point of losing consciousness. These performances married concept with physicality, endurance with empathy, complicity with loss of control, passivity with danger. They pushed the boundaries of self-discovery, both of herself and her audience. They also marked her first engagements with time, stillness, energy, pain, and the resulting heightened consciousness generated by long durational performance.
In 2012, she founded the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a non-profit foundation for performance art,
that focuses on performance, long durational works, and the use of the ‘Abramović Method’. MAI is a
platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among
thinkers of all fields.
Abramović was one of the first performance artists to become formally accepted by the institutional
museum world with major solo shows taking place throughout Europe and the US over a period of more
than 25 years. In 2023, Abramović will be the first female artist to host a major solo exhibition in the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her first European retrospective ‘The Cleaner’ was presented at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017, followed by presentations at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, Henie Onstad, Sanvika, Norway (2017), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2018), Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun (2019), and concluding at the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Serbia (2019). In 2010, Abramović had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in
New York.
In 1997, Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist for her performance Balkan Baroque at the Venice Biennale. In 2006, Abramović received the U.S. Art Critics Association Award for Best Exhibition of Time Based Art for her performance Seven Easy Pieces at the Guggenheim in New York City. In 2008, Abramović received the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art in Vienna. In 2011, she was awarded Honorary Royal Academician status by The Royal Academy in London. In 2013, Abramović was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Officer for her work in Bolero, Paris. In 2014, Abramović was named one of The 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine. In 2021, Abramović was awarded the Princess de Asturias Award for the Arts, in Spain.

The idea for the Pina Bausch Professorship was born of a decades-long connection and artistic co-operation between the Tanztheater Wuppertal, the Pina Bausch Foundation, the Folkwang University of the Arts and the future Pina Bausch Centre, which is currently in the process of being set up. The professorship’s interdisciplinary approach is reflected by the tradition and philosophy of the Folkwang University of the Arts, as well as the name of Pina Bausch, who played a key role in permanently shaping 20th-century dance and theatre culture and which continues to influence the arts, not least through its focus on the body, to this day. But the Pina Bausch Professorship is not about examining her work or who she was as a person; it instead allows artists from all disciplines to freely choose their own topics and tasks.

The Pina Bausch Professorship is made possible by the North Rhine-Westphalia State Ministry of Culture and Science. The first professorship receives an exceptional funding from the Kunststiftung NRW.