Fit? Love Classical Music? Join Artist Guido Van Der Werve’s Excruciating Run to Rachmaninov

Last year, the indomitable Dutch artist Guido van der Werve — a synthesizer of lyrical European culture and the kind of endurance art that would make Marina Abramovic quail — ran 28 miles from MoMA PS1 in Long Island City to Rachmaninov‘s grave in Westchester County as part of the performance “Effugio no 1 Chamomile; Russia’s National Flower or Running to Rachmaninov.” This year, for Performa, he’s inviting you to join him. If you dare.

If you’re interested, and if your gluteus maximus is as strong as your commitment to performance art, see the below information before signing up at As a word of warning: van der Werve is tough. He once stood motionless at the geographic North Pole for 24 hours, in the freezing cold, and had actually planned to run up and down a short flight of stairs for a distance equal to the height of Mount Everest as his Performa project, but that proved physically impossible.

Dutch artist Guido van der Werve invites you to grab some Chamomile flowers and run along with him on his 2nd Annual Running to Rachmaninov. Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov is buried at Kensico cemetery in Valhalla in upstate New York, 30 miles away. This performance leaves Saturday, November 12th at 10 am. During the run, water and sport drinks and a ride home from Valhalla are supplied – you must bring your own bars and gels. Participation is free but limited and you need a bouquet of Chamomile flowers (not easy to find, so start looking early, only a couple bouquets available at the gallery). We will pace ourselves to the slowest participants, but participants should be in shape to jog 30 miles.

If you complete the run you will receive a T-shirt designed by the artist.

Participation is at your own risk and participants are asked to sign a waiver beforehand. Please sign-up directly through Luhring Augustine by emailing Vanessa Critchell:

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Luhring Augustine

531 West 24th Street

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