Dec 05, 2020
The Museum of Modern Love
Posted by Heather Rose

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic s The Artist is Present This is a weirdly beautiful book David Walsh founder and curator, MONA Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you hA mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic s The Artist is Present This is a weirdly beautiful book David Walsh founder and curator, MONA Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one Stella Adler Art will wake you up Art will break your heart There will be glorious days If you want eternity you must be fearless From The Museum of Modern LoveShe watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery What are we How should we live If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present The performance continues for seventy five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and wh

  • Title: The Museum of Modern Love
  • Author: Heather Rose
  • ISBN: 9781760291860
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Museum of Modern Love A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection a meditation on love art and commitment set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history Marina Abr

    Diane S ☔

    Utterly fascinating I love art, all forms, all ideas, and whenever I encounter a piece of artwork I like, I try to envision what the artist was thinking as he created Oftentimes will find myself reading up on the artist, trying to understand Marina Abromovic is a controversial figure in the art world, her live art has certainly drawn attention Her expose at the MOMA in 2010, the artist is present, Drew some of the largest crowds ever at that museum A simple table, two chairs, Marina sitting comp [...]


    Carolyn

    I m not at all artistic and don t always understand art, in particular performance art, so it was with some trepidation I opened this book not realising what a treat I was in for I had never heard of the famous performance artist Marina Abramovi and her 3 month performance called The Artist is Present at MoMA in New York where she sat absolutely still for 7 hours day and invited members of the public to sit opposite her and gaze into her in the eyes No touching or movement or speaking was allowe [...]


    Vanessa

    One of the characters asksHow do you define art How do you answer that simply To me it s something that is hard to pinpoint it s a feeling, it can bring joy, can cause confusion, it s pain, it s unadulterated happiness, it s an expression a way to connect with an audience it adds colour to dullness and makes people think, question and to look around the world with a different perspective I love that it means something different to each individual, it s not uniform.As the author states this is a [...]


    Bianca

    4.5 starsI wanted to read The Museum of Modern Love since it came out a couple of years ago I finally got my hands on it, as I anticipate seeing Heather Rose this weekend at the Perth Writers Festival.I m not the biggest fan of books that bend the line of non fiction with fiction I am a huge art lover and I find Marina Abramovic fascinating, intriguing and quite extraordinary The first time I came across Abramovic s name was by reading an article about her performance piece Rhythm 0 1974 My jaw [...]


    Paul Lockman

    This is only the second novel I have read in 2017 but I knew within a few pages of starting it that it was likely to be one my favourites for the year I could have finished it in a day but deliberately paced myself and took nearly a week as I wanted to prolong the enjoyment I am not an art enthusiast so the fact that the novel primarily revolves around a real life artist Marina Abramovic and her exhibition The Artist is Present in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has fictional character [...]


    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    mrsbbookreviews.wordpressIn 2010 a unique moving art performance titled The Artist is Present was performed by Marina Abramovic at MoMA in New York for 75 days straight This unique modern art experience is the driving force behind the story The Museum of Modern Love.The Museum of Modern Love is Heather Rose s reimagining of the highly acclaimed moving art performance, staged at the infamous MoMA in New York, performed by artist Marina Abramovic More than just a commentary on the continual three [...]


    Anna Spargo-Ryan

    I liked this a lot I m a bit amazed it was written by an Australian something about it calls up the deep Americanness of authors like Franzen and Safran Foer The white privilegedness is probably part of that These are mostly people who can afford to spend their time rubbing shoulders with celebrities at an art installation instead of going to work or being responsible for anyone else That doesn t make the story any less interesting not least because Marina Abramovic herself is such an interestin [...]


    Jaclyn Crupi

    I think it s easy for novels about ideas, art and artists to feel pretentious but Heather Rose manages to avoid that and she does it by delivering characters who feel so very real Based around Abramovic s three month long performance piece at MoMA, The Artist is Present, this book follows various people who visited or were involved in the piece Full disclosure I m a huge Abramovic fan and may have stalked her in Geneva for a time she smiled at me so I was a little nervous going in but I needn t [...]


    Sarah

    I m not even going to try and write a proper review of this, because I won t be able to do it justice Such a unique premise a novel following a handful of people whose lives become linked through the real life exhibition Marina Abramovic s The Artist is Present at MOMA in New York The story explores art, love, life among many other things and is fantastic in every way Just go and read it.


    Heather

    Approximately 15 pages into The Museum of Modern Love, I decided that it was a contender for my favourite new release of the year Two pages later I became concerned that if I kept on reading that it would take a turn for the worse and I d end up hating it I contemplated putting it down and never picking it up again because it just started out that good Thankfully I didn t stop reading, it didn t take a turn for the worse, and it s still a contender for my favourite new release of the year.I foun [...]


    Philippa

    I m already reading it again.Full review online at philippamoore blog 201


    Calzean

    Normally books about art and artists lose me Not this time The author centres her story around Marina Abramovic s 75 day long performance piece at MoMA Her central character is Arky Levin, a successful composer whose wife has made him make a promise he does not want to keep.There are a few other characters dealing with their own issues but it is all about Marina, her art and how it impacts on people.It is a strange book with a ghost who narrates certain chapters, reflections on Yugoslavia and me [...]


    Zena

    This book is based on Marina Abramovic who is a performance artist Her piece The artist is present involved her sitting in a chair for 75 days and people sitting across from her She didn t move, pee, eat, scratch, nothing People from all around the world lined up and waited for hours just to get the chance to sit across from Abramovic Some people cried, others were deeply moved and I was incredibly confused This whole thing reminded me of the fable about the king who walks around naked and every [...]


    Kimbofo

    What is art, and what is its purpose These are the questions posed in The Museum of Modern Love, a fascinating book that blends fact with fiction, by Heather Rose.In this highly original novel, Rose takes a real life event and peoples it with interesting fictional characters who interact with a particular work of art, are changed by it and come away from it having learned something of themselves and of others.To read my review in full, please visit my blog.


    Julie Holmes

    LOVED THIS So many beautiful and pertinent comments on what it is to be an artist I felt part of something bigger, that i m not alone in this hard and challenging life.


    Zora

    Well that was a much richer reading experience than I was expecting The biggest surprise was that the premise actually worked, apart from the unnecessary but mercifully brief pontifications from the Muse Heather Rose gave me a fresh appreciation of Marina Abramovic, an artist I have mixed feelings about, but even so she sucked me in with the constellation of characters that swirled around her, drawn to an exhibition that is here reclaimed as a bona fide work of art, rather than the populist one [...]


    Lisa

    When I first opened the pages of this book at bedtime, I saw that I had to make a decision The author explains that the novel is a hybrid of fact and fiction and some of the characters are, by permission, based on real living people One of these, and central to the story, is performance artist Marina Abramovi , but although her name was vaguely familiar I could not remember why To be honest, although I look at and often enjoy contemporary art, I would be hard pressed to name any living contempor [...]


    Kate

    Some thoughts about The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose 01 This is easily one of the most original stories I ve read Ever.02 At first I thought some of the writing was a little twee Then I changed my mind it s lovely When he was sixteen, his mother died What do women who have drunk chamomile tea each night before bed, believed in invisible forces and played Chopin tudes before breakfast die of A falling tree in a storm 03 This is art lit but at a whole new level It s about performance, mus [...]


    Sharon Jarvis

    Having just finished reading The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose I am sitting here pondering about what I think and probably importantly how I feel about this novel It has an unusual setting of a live art exhibition in New York where the performer Marina Abramovic sits for seventy five days during the and people come and sit opposite her Although Marina is the centre piece there is also Archy Swann who is a music composer for films and his wife Lydia becomes seriously ill The novel explor [...]


    Lesley Moseley

    I was certainly mesmerised Over the years I have heard about the central person, Marina and her actual artistic exhibitions installations This book is such an amazing marriage of fact and fiction I felt that ALL the people were in fact, real Made me check out about Marina Abramovic s The Artist is Present Fascinating Hopeful idea that learning to get still , can clarify tangled emotions and give courage to make difficult decisions Loved it.


    Nicole

    I didn t see this comingbut this book has knocked Ray Bradbury s, Dandelion Wine, off the number one best book ever position Inarguably THE BEST book I have ever read I had not known anything about Marina Abramovic, apart from her being an artist Before I started reading I did some background research about her and was intrigued This book chose me for a couple of reasons 1 I had read a book by this author, The Butterfly Man, some years ago, as I had been interested in the disappearance of Lord L [...]


    Tracey

    Bliss Art Life Beautiful book.


    Susie Anderson

    immediately after finishing it seemed like this book was the book to send me completely head over heels for Abramovic and her work but having let the book sink in for a week, I am still feeling the effect of the complicated and under developed storylines it was an interesting approach, a good concept to follow the lives of those who were enraptured by her performance the artist is present sure, try to untangle the reason why sharing eye contact became an incredibly profound and moving act by inv [...]


    Kirsten

    This is a brilliant concept, a novel centred around Marina Abramovic s The Artist is Present show and I really wanted to love it but I m going to have to settle for merely liking it And I can t really put my finger on why it didn t work for me I loved the exploration of ideas around art and love and personal history and of life and death Some passages were quite moving but other parts of the book seemed clunky and awkward Arky annoyed the hell out of me That said, it was an absorbing and quite i [...]


    Mary D

    So bored reading this book Very original, one star, at times some lovely, poignant writing, another star But mostly I zoned out, took days to get back to reading it, felt like I was chewing the pages rather than reading them Sure it rounded off nicely enough but win the Stella Really


    Trish

    It made me think It made me feel It made me cry I finished it with such an appreciation for Abramovich, Rose and the power of art and literature to give meaning, reveal beauty, and connect us all in this world Loved it.


    Brenda Kittelty

    Wow That s all, wow.


    Cass Moriarty

    The 2017 The Stella Prize was recently awarded to Heather Rose for her unusual and original work The Museum of Modern Love Allen Unwin Books 2016 The story has as its focus, and is inspired by, the performance artist Marina Abramovic, a woman renowned for a lifetime of strange and unsettling representations of art which explore the limitations and strengths of the human body, and the whole question of the role and place of art in relation to life You may recognise Abramovic for the long walk she [...]


    Robyn Mundy

    I was enraptured in these characters adrift and aswirl around the daily performance of artist Marina Abramovic I was held fast by the author s intelligence and sensitivity, by the subtle, inexplicable meditations on life, love, art, meaning Bravo, Heather Rose.


    Mandy

    Performing Arts More, please.Performance Art I just don t get it and I am not interested enough to try to appreciate or understand it I should have listened to Doubting Thomas me in the bookshop when he said Performance Art, don t buy it But, Conceited Book Snob me said It won the Stella, you should read it and, as usual, Thomas was right and Smartarse was wrong.Two stars because Heather Rose is clearly a talented writer and I am guessing the Stella judges know much than me The two main charact [...]



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