The Venice Biennale is hosting the biggest exhibition of work by the Taiwanese artist Marina Abramović calls ‘the master'. He looks back with Brigid Delaney
“My impression of the Venice Bienniale is that it is the Olympic Games of the arts,” says Tehching Hsieh. “I'm in the category of marathon.”
If any artist knows about endurance it is is Hsieh, a Taiwanese artist who has created some of the most extreme performance art ever made. His work, mostly made in obscurity in a series of challenging one-year performances, was a precursor to the likes of Marina Abramović who acknowledges him as “the master”.