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Ulay


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Ulay, born Frank Uwe Laysiepen (1943, Solingen, Germany – Ljubljana, Slovenia 2020), is a pioneer of Polaroid photography and performance and body art. While the works that Ulay made with Marina Abramović are iconic, Ulay had an impressive solo oeuvre, both before and after their twelve-year collaboration. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include the retrospective exhibition ULAY WAS HERE (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2020–2021), Ulay: Life-Sized (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2016–2017), Ulay: I Other ( City Gallery, Ljubljana; Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia, 2016), Invisible Opponent (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, 2016); Ulay: Polaroids (Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, 2015). Ulay’s work, as well as his collaborative work with Abramović, is featured in collections of major institutions
around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate, and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).



Ulay (1943 – 2020), Renais sense Aphorism, 1972-1975, Auto-Polaroid type 107, collage, text, 51.5 x 63.5 cm
Courtesy Defares Collection and Ulay Foundation Amsterdam/Ljubljana



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