MAI Apologize To Jay Z And To Marina Abramovic

Jay ZPhoto by Mark C. Austin

We wrote about Marina and Jay Z in the previous days. The story was that she allowed him to use her idea from her performance “The artist is present”, and she even showed up in the video for the song “Picasso Baby”.

In return Jay Z promised her donation for her Marina Abramovic Institute. The artist gave interview a couple days ago for Spike magazine, and among other things she spoke how she feels betrayed and used, cos she never got the money from Jay Z.

Well, it turns out that Marina Abramovic Institute made the horrible mistake. They did not informed Marina that Shawn “Jay Z” Carter indeed did made a substantial donation. The Institute made public apology to Jay and Marina stating:

“For immediate release
New York City, NY, May 20th,2015 – Marina Abramovic was not informed of Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s donation from two years ago when she recently did an interview with Spike Magazine in Brazil. We are sincerely sorry to both Marina Abramovic and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter for this, and since then we have taken to appropriate actions to reconcile this matter. Sincerely MAI (Marina Abramovic Institute)”

For a reminder she said to the magazine:” The day before, he came to my office and I gave him an entire power point presentation and said: okay, you can help me, because I really need help to build this thing. Then he just completely used me. And that wasn’t fair. I will never do it again, that I can say never.


I was really naive in this kind of world. It was really new to me, and I had no idea that this would happen. It’s so cruel, it’s incredible. I will stay away from it for sure.” We hope that Jay Z did not take this to personal and that two of them can be friends again.