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Abramovic's performance art museum and hotel?

Feb 27, 2012 12:02 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Shohei Shigematsu via Art Info, courtesy OMA."][/caption]Janelle Zara in Art Info interviews lead architect Shohei Shigematsu, "the man at the helm of the Hudson project," Marina Abramovic's planned Center for the Preservation of Performance Art at the corner of Columbia St. and 7th St., in the former community tennis building. He details some of the project that is to include architect Rem Koolhaus:

• Inside the main space will be a sort of main theater space with wide angles and very comfortable chairs for endurance performances.
• Plans also include a "library, meditation room, gym, something to do with body and mind, and a basic back of the house, including offices, meeting rooms, storage, and classrooms."
• The budget varies from bare-bones $4 million to a world of lifting stages at $15 million.

Then lead architect Shohei Shigematsu ends the interview with this exchange:

"We were thinking about redeveloping Hudson into an art destination. That’s also part of her ambition — not just this venue, but Hudson, as a city, to become a place where many performances and events can happen."

Art Info: Can you tell us more about her proposed hotel?

"We are conceptualizing where the hotel would be. There’s a vision in the main scheme which includes a main square where the hotel would sit and have synergy with the venue. The performance venue will look into this square. It’s a similar thing, almost like a reflection of what’s happening in our building itself: Many activities happen around the main stage."

Art Info: Is OMA taking on the design of the hotel, too?

"Design, no — this is an existing building. She’s talking to many hotel developers, including Andre Balazs, but we don’t know anything yet. The idea is to make a more focused presentation to potential donors and potential artists and developers — whoever wants to contribute."
Read the full story in Art Info.
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