UPDATE: The Marina Abramovic institute has apologized to both Jay Z and Abramovic. In a statement issued Wednesday, the institute said the rapper did donate after all. The statement comes after "Picasso Baby" video producer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn came to Jay Z's defense and read the receipt of the rapper's donation to Artnet news.
Marina Abramovic Institute apologizes to Jay Z (and Marina Abramovic) for saying he didn’t donate for “Picasso Baby” pic.twitter.com/W1dpxPacaI
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) May 20, 2015
EARLIER: The performance art world and the hip-hop community merged in 2013 when Marina Abramovic collaborated with Jay Z. Now, however, the Godmother of Performance Art isn't very happy with the rapper.
For Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" music video, Hov adapted Abramovic's 2010 MoMA retrospective, "The Artist Is Present," by performing the song for six hours straight in New York’s Pace Gallery in front of celebrities and fans. Abramovic appeared in the video and even had what seemed to be a poignant head-touching moment with the rapper, but now she says she's "pissed by" the aftermath of their collaboration. In an interview with Spike magazine, Abramovic said she only worked with Jay Z on one condition: "That he would help my institute." Yet she claims "he didn't."
Abramovic says that Jay Z was supposed to help with her self-titled performance institute and museum space, which Lady Gaga worked with her on, much to the performance artist's satisfaction. "He just completely used me," Abramovic told Spike.
Although the performance artist, who most recently had a retrospective at SESC Pompéia in São Paulo, doesn't regret her work with the "Glory" rapper, she won't do it again. "In the end, it was only a one-way transaction," she said. "I will never do it again, that I can say. Never."
Whether that means Abramovic will never work with Jay Z again specifically or major celebrities in general remains to be seen. We know those Lars Von Trier rumors weren't true (as she confirmed to The Huffington Post last November), but we can expect some film projects from the artist in the future.
For the full interview, head to Spike.