The Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present. 'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA 'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you h A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment,...

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Title:The Museum of Modern Love
Author:Heather Rose
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Museum of Modern Love
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:296 pages pages

The Museum of Modern Love Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Dec 17, 2018
    This came out in Australia in September 2016 and just came out in the United States this month. The author starts with the event of Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present at MOMA and explores the artist herself (in a fictional way but with permission and access to materials granted b...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 30, 2018
    Wonderful story exploring the rigors of true commitment as it relates to love, grief, art, and the human longing for connection. Based around real events, the reader glimpses the lives of some characters who have come to see Marina Abramovic?s ?The Artist is Present? at MoMA. A d...
  • Lisa
    Feb 09, 2017
    When I first opened the pages of this book at bedtime, I saw that I had to make a decision. The author explains that the novel is a hybrid of fact and fiction and some of the characters are, by permission, based on real living people. One of these, and central to the story, is performa...
  • Philippa
    Nov 22, 2016
    I'm already reading it again. Full review online at http://www.philippamoore.net/blog/201... ...
  • Karen Mace
    Nov 22, 2018
    What a special book! I chose this randomly from the BorrowBox library audio app and have been utterly absorbed over the past few days as I couldn't get enough and just had to keep listening! Special mention for the narrator whose voice just fitted perfectly with this tale of art, love ...
  • Sarah
    Jul 11, 2017
    I'm not even going to try and write a proper review of this, because I won't be able to do it justice. Such a unique premise - a novel following a handful of people whose lives become linked through (the real life exhibition) Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" at MOMA in New Yo...
  • Kate
    Mar 13, 2017
    Some thoughts about The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose ? 01. This is easily one of the most original stories I?ve read. Ever. 02. At first I thought some of the writing was a little twee. Then I changed my mind ? it?s lovely. ?When he was sixteen, his mother d...
  • Suzanne
    Oct 18, 2018
    I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway - thank you Algonquin Publishing -- and have just finished a second reading to get my thoughts in order. I actually enjoyed it more the second time, the sure sign of a good book, and would give it a strong 4 at this point. Another sign of a good b...
  • Rachel
    Dec 24, 2018
    The Museum of Modern Love is a tender and thought-provoking book. Fusing fact and fiction, it centers around a real piece of performance art that was showcased at the MOMA in 2010 - The Artist is Present by the Serbian artist Marina Abramovi?. It then weaves together the narratives of...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 27, 2017
    Utterly fascinating. I love art, all forms, all ideas, and whenever I encounter a piece of artwork I like, I try to envision what the artist was thinking as he created. Oftentimes will find myself reading up on the artist, trying to understand. Marina Abromovic is a controversial figur...
  • Larry H
    Dec 25, 2018
    3.5 stars, rounded up. Fans of 80s music, do you remember Hall & Oates' song, "Method of Modern Love"? The one that went, "M-E-T-H-O-D O-F L-O-V-E. It's the method of modern love..."? Because of a slightly similar title to this book (and nothing else), I couldn't get that song o...
  • Julie Holmes
    Aug 04, 2016
    LOVED THIS. So many beautiful and pertinent comments on what it is to be an artist. I felt part of something bigger, that i'm not alone in this hard and challenging life. ...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 06, 2017
    Feel like I must be reading a different book than everyone else, boring and just wasn't keeping me entertained . Wish I could've seen what everyone else found so fascinating with this book, but sorry I can't. ...
  • Kimbofo
    Apr 15, 2017
    What is art, and what is its purpose? These are the questions posed in The Museum of Modern Love, a fascinating book that blends fact with fiction, by Heather Rose. In this highly original novel, Rose takes a real life event and peoples it with interesting fictional characters who i...
  • Heather
    Aug 28, 2016
    Approximately 15 pages into The Museum of Modern Love, I decided that it was a contender for my favourite new release of the year. Two pages later I became concerned that if I kept on reading that it would take a turn for the worse and I?d end up hating it; I contemplated putting it ...
  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    Feb 03, 2019
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  • Anna Spargo-Ryan
    Apr 13, 2017
    I liked this a lot. I'm a bit amazed it was written by an Australian -- something about it calls up the deep Americanness of authors like Franzen and Safran Foer. The white-privilegedness is probably part of that. These are mostly people who can afford to spend their time rubbing shoul...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Oct 18, 2016
    I think it's easy for novels about ideas, art and artists to feel pretentious but Heather Rose manages to avoid that and she does it by delivering characters who feel so very real. Based around Abramovic's three-month long performance piece at MoMA, The Artist is Present, this book fol...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    Aug 06, 2017
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com In 2010 a unique moving art performance titled ?The Artist is Present? was performed by Marina Abramovic at MoMA in New York for 75 days straight. This unique modern art experience is the driving force behind the story The Museum of Modern Lo...
  • Carolyn
    Jan 28, 2017
    I'm not at all artistic and don't always understand art, in particular performance art, so it was with some trepidation I opened this book not realising what a treat I was in for. I had never heard of the famous performance artist Marina Abramovi? and her 3 month performance called 'T...
  • Mary D
    Jul 26, 2017
    So bored reading this book. Very original, one star, at times some lovely, poignant writing, another star. But mostly I zoned out, took days to get back to reading it, felt like I was chewing the pages rather than reading them. Sure it rounded off nicely enough but win the Stella? Real...
  • Zora
    Jul 10, 2017
    Well that was a much richer reading experience than I was expecting. The biggest surprise was that the premise actually worked, apart from the unnecessary but mercifully brief pontifications from the Muse. Heather Rose gave me a fresh appreciation of Marina Abramovic, an artist I have ...
  • Vanessa
    Jun 24, 2017
    One of the characters asks...How do you define art? How do you answer that simply? To me it's something that is hard to pinpoint it's a feeling, it can bring joy, can cause confusion, it's pain, it's unadulterated happiness, it's an expression a way to connect with an audience it adds ...
  • Calzean
    Jun 09, 2017
    Normally books about art and artists lose me. Not this time. The author centres her story around Marina Abramovic's 75 day long performance piece at MoMA. Her central character is Arky Levin, a successful composer whose wife has made him make a promise he does not want to keep. There ...
  • Zena
    Jun 01, 2017
    This book is based on Marina Abramovic who is a performance artist. Her piece "The artist is present" involved her sitting in a chair for 75 days and people sitting across from her. She didn't move, pee, eat, scratch, nothing. People from all around the world lined up and waited for ho...
  • Bianca
    Feb 18, 2018
    4.5 stars I wanted to read The Museum of Modern Love since it came out a couple of years ago. I finally got my hands on it, as I anticipate seeing Heather Rose this weekend at the Perth Writers Festival. I'm not the biggest fan of books that bend the line of non-fiction with fi...
  • Leslie Ray
    Jan 08, 2019
    This story is centered around an actual performance artist, Marina Abramovic, and is based upon an actual performance exhibit that she did at the MoMA, called The Artist is Present in which the artist and people sit and gaze at each other. The author has provided a backdrop to the stor...
  • Paul Lockman
    Jan 09, 2017
    This is only the second novel I have read in 2017 but I knew within a few pages of starting it that it was likely to be one my favourites for the year. I could have finished it in a day but deliberately paced myself and took nearly a week as I wanted to prolong the enjoyment. I am not ...
  • Catherine
    Jan 28, 2019
    I feel guilty for not having felt the way the majority of reviewers did about this. I thought I would enjoy it because art and history are two of my favourite things to learn about and this incorporated both, but I just couldn?t get into the story. This was somewhere between a 1 and ...
  • Shelly
    Sep 03, 2018
    Life's too short to read books you don't enjoy, but bookclub ladies can be scary if you do not finish what you start! And so under the premise of our bookclub mantra that we shall stretch our horizons and read books we would not normally, I stuck it out. To be honest back at univ...