The Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love 2

Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize

by Heather Rose

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 24/08/2016

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**Shortlisted 2017 QLD Literary Awards for Fiction**

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 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 Love

She 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 what he must do.

This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.

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  • Beautiful, extraordinary!

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    Heather Rose has constructed a work of art in its own right. She tells the story of Marina Abramovic's extraordinary performance art (after first gaining her permission), and built an incredible fictional story around the people who have come to see "The Artist is Present". The focus is on one man's reaction, but the stories of the impact on others who see and participate in the exhibition are just breath-taking. A beautifully written book, full of astute observations.

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    Very dull