The Lovers (Starhead)
Marina Abramović

These two photographs are documents of a performance piece, The Lovers, by artists Marina Abramović and Ulay. In 1988, the two artists walked from either end of the Great Wall of China toward each other. When they met, they embraced and then parted, ending their relationship. Here is the artist statement for the work:

At a chosen location

We walked the entire length of the Great Wall of China.

We started on 30 March 1988.

I started walking at the eastern end of the Wall, at Shai Hai Guan, on the shores of the Yellow Sea, Gulf of Bohai, walking westward.

Ulay started walking at the western end of the Wall, at Jai Yu Guan, the south-western periphery of the Gobi Desert, walking eastward.

We walked until we met.

After we both continuously walked for 90 days, we met at Er Lang Shan, in Shen Mu, Shaanxi province.

We each took a 2,000 kilometre walk to say goodbye.

Books in the collection

Marina Abramovic : artist body performances 1969-1998 / with texts by Velimir Abramovic


About the collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that "artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that." In 1995, Gerry Schwartz and a team from HBS together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings most frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club's co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School's collection.

About Gerald Schwartz, MBA '70

Gerald Schwartz, MBA ’70, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chairman of its Canadian Friends, and a governor of Junior Achievement of Metro Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and several Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music.