Marina Abramovic  (Serbian, 1946) 

Marina Abramović (Serbian, b.1946) is celebrated as a pioneering practitioner of performance art, best known for her works that explore the physical limitations of the body, as well as the body’s potential as a vehicle to spiritual metamorphosis. Born in Belgrade, Abramovic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade and in Zagreb, Croatia. She was among the first generation of performance artists of the 1970s, a group that often resorted to using their own bodies as an artistic medium. Her works often explore extremes of sensation, and frequently the audience is invited to participate in the intense, and often exhausting, painful performances. She later regularly collaborated with German artist Ulay (b. 1943) on other performative works, exploring the capacities of the body, as well as constructions of gender and social systems in their pieces.

She also began traveling around the world to perform, exploring the body and nature as a means to achieving spiritual transformation, in locations ranging from the Gobi desert to Tibetan mountains, and the Great Wall of China. Abramovic''''s presentations of her work include sound, video, photography, language, and sculpture in addition to her body as the central mediums of her work. She has exhibited her work at the Venice Biennale, where she won a Golden Lion award in 1997, and at Documenta in Kassel, the Whitney Biennial and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, among many other venues. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam and New York.

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Marina Abramovic, Artist Portrait with a Rose


Marina Abramovic
Artist Portrait with a Rose

Galerie Guy Bärtschi
Marina Abramovic, Balkan Erotic Epic: Banging the Skull


Marina Abramovic
Balkan Erotic Epic: Banging the Skull

Pollock Fine Art
Marina Abramovic, Places of Power, Waterfall


Marina Abramovic
Places of Power, Waterfall

Sean Kelly Gallery
Marina Abramovic, Portrait with Flowers


Marina Abramovic
Portrait with Flowers

Galleri Brandstrup
Marina Abramovic, Portrait with white lamb


Marina Abramovic
Portrait with white lamb

Lisson Gallery
Marina Abramovic, Ecstasy II, from the series With Eyes Closed I See Happiness


Marina Abramovic
Ecstasy II, from the series With Eyes Closed I See Happiness

Galleria Lia Rumma
Marina Abramovic, Golden Mask


Marina Abramovic
Golden Mask

Galleria Lia Rumma
Marina Abramovic, The Kitchen IX


Marina Abramovic
The Kitchen IX

Galleri Brandstrup
Marina Abramovic, The Kitchen VII


Marina Abramovic
The Kitchen VII

Galleri Brandstrup
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Marina Abramovic, Black Dragon (3 works)


Marina Abramovic
Black Dragon (3 works), 1990
blue quartz


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Marina Abramovic, Human receivers (5 works)


Marina Abramovic
Human receivers (5 works), 2001
color photographs


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Marina Abramovic, Rhythm O


Marina Abramovic
Rhythm O, 1974
gelatin silver print and printed paper


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1946   Born on November 30th in Belgrade, Serbia
1965 - 1970   Academy of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
1973   Wins Sekretar Skoja Prize for Rhythm 5, Galleria Nova, Zagreb, Croatia
1973 - 1975   Teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia
1983   Visiting professor at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1988   The Great Wall Walk (30 April-27 June)
1990 - 1991   Visiting professor at the Hochschule der Kunst
1990 - 1991   Visiting professor at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1992 - 1996   Professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig, Germany
1997   Golden Lion Award for Best Artist, XLVII Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1998   Board Member of the Contemporary Art Center, Kitakyushu, Japan
2001   Artist in residence at the Atelier Calder, Sache, France
2003   AICA USA Award
2003   Niedersächsicher Kunstpreis, 2003
2003   New York Dance and Performance Award
1997 - 2004   Professor at the Hochschule Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany
2004   American Art Critic Association Award. Honorary Doctorate Degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A.
2007   AICA USA Award
2007   Gran Premio AECA “Gran Premio” Award, Madrid, Spain
2008   Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science & Art
2009   Lorenzo il Magnifico Career Award, Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2011   "Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present," The Garage, Moscow, Russia (solo)
"Marina Abramovic," Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, GA (solo)
"Exchange + Evolution," Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
"Fertility," Akim Monet, Berlin, Germany
2011   "Publics and Counterpublics," Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain
"For a Long Time…," Roberts & Tilton, Santa Monica, CA
2011   "The Luminous Interval," Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2011   "L’Insoutenablle Légérete de l’Être," Yvon Lambert, New York, NY
2011   "L’Insoutenablle Légérete de l’Être," Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
2011   "Personal Structures," Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
2011   "Heroinas," Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza y Fundacion Caja, Madrid, Spain
2011   "10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland, and the European Avant Garde," Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland
2011   "TRA. EDGE OF BECOMING," Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
2010   "Back to Simplicity," Galeria Luciana Brito, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2010   "Marina Abramović: Personal Archaeology," Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2010   "Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
2010   "Marina Abramović," Lisson Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010   "Everything is going to be alright," Kamu Art Museum, Tallin, Estonia
2010   "Take Two: Worlds and Views," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2010   "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama," Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
2010   "Misericordia," Prism, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Against Exclusion, Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2010   Hunt & Chase. Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York
2010   Human Rites. Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida
2010   Human. Tmamac, Nice, France
2010   Human, 1988-2010. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
2010   Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
2010   Goddesses, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway
2010   Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
2010   The Hoerengracht, Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010   Think Pink, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
2010   That’s Life: Vanities from Caravaggio to Damien Hirst, Fondation Dina Vierny – Musée Maillol, Paris, France
2010   Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
2010   Brave New World, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
2009   The Kitchen: Homage to Saint Therese, La Fabrica Galleria, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2009   Unconditional Love, Arsenale Novissimo Tesa 89, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy (solo)
2009   Marina Abramovic: Irresistible, Galerie Cent 8, Paris, France (solo)
2009   POURQUOI ATTENDRE!, Fonds Andre Iten at Centre d'Art de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland
2009   Variables, Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg, Brussels
2009   1989: The End of History or the Beginning of the Future? Video Art Comments on a Time Shift, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, New York.
2009   The Missing Peace, Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
2009   Chelsea Visits Havana, Havana Fine Arts Museum, Cuba
2009   Elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2009   The Female Gaze: Women look at Women, Cheim & Reid, New York
2009   Worlds on Video, Strozzina, Florence, Italy
2008   8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End, Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (solo)
2008   Marina Abramovic: Videoinstalaciones, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
2008   XXVIII Sâo Paulo Biennale, Sâo Paulo, Brazil
2008   Video Performance: Models of Self-Reflection, Ausstellungshalle fur zeitgenossische Kunst Münster, Germany
2008   Photographic Works, To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, New York
2008   Great Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
2008   I’ve Got Something in My Eye, Hessel Museum of Art - Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
2008   Academia: Qui es-tu?, Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2008   The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
2008   Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
2008   Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
2008   When I Open my Eyes in the Morning, I see a Film, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
2008   WACK: Art and the Fiminist Revolution, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island
2007   Gehen bleiben, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
2007   Not Closed, beaumontpublic, Luxembourg
2006   Renegades 25 Years of Performance at Exit Art, Exit Art, New York City, NY
2006   Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NY
2005   The Biography Remix [Performances], Avignon Theatre Festival, Avignon, France (solo)
2005   Photographies et Objets/Count On Us, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2005   (Re)Presenting Performance [Symposium], Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (solo)
2005   Self Portrait with Skeleton [Performance], Art Basel, Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2005   Seven Easy Pieces [Performances], Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (solo)
2005   Another Expo: Beyond the Nation-State, White Box, New York
2005   The Artist’s Body. Then and Now, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland
2005   CCA Kitakyushu Artist’s Books, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris
2005   Donna Donner, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
2005   DreamingNow, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
2005   Art in Eastern Europe, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany
2005   Figure It Out, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
2005   Fragments of Time, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, New York
2005   The Gesture, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Quarter, Center for Contemporary Arts, Florence, Italy
2005   etting Emotional, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MASS.
2004   "Biography Remix," Fondazione Roma Europa, Rome, Italy (solo)
"Performing Body: Video Works By Marina Abramovic," Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY (solo)
"Loop Performance," PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY (solo)
Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
"Student Body," Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (solo)
  Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, France
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2005    Abramovic, Marina et. al. “ MoMA: How to Look at Modern Art,” The Brooklyn Rail, February 2005, pp. 20-21.
2005    Amy, Michaël. “You talkin’ to me?,” DITS: Violence, Vol. III, No. 5, Winter-Spring 2005, pp. 18-31.
2005    Bellet, Harry, “Le marché de l’art en spectacle à la Foire de Bâle,” Le Monde, June 18th, 2005, p. 29.
2005    Bergeron, Chris, “Waking Dreams,” The Daily News, Sunday, March 6th, 2005, C1, C10.
2005    Bishop, Claire. “Fairer Fare,” ArtForum Online, June 15, 2005.
2005    Boyce, David B., “Brandeis gallery hosts provocative ‘Dreaming’ exhibit,” Sunday Standard-Times, March 13th, 2005.
2005    Breerette, Geneviève, “L’insoutenable Marina Abramovic,” Le Monde 59e Edition du Festival d’Avignon, Tuesday, July 5th, 2005, p. 10.
2005    Castle, Terry. “Desperately Seeking Susan,” London Review of Books, March 17,2005.
2005    Cesare, Nikki T., “(Re)Performing the Score,” NY Arts, Vol. 10, No. 7.8, July/August 2005, pp. 22-23.
2005    Dailey, Meghan. “Feel Like Italian,” Art + Auction, Volume XXVII, No. 9, May 2005, p. 179.
2005    “Death and the maiden,” The Art Newspaper: Art Basel Edition, June 14, 2005, p. 1.
2005    De Baecque, Antoine, “Une vie de performances,” Libération Online, Wednesday, July 13, 2005.
2005    “Dreaming Now,” Sculpture, April 2005.
2005    Edgers, Geoff, “Trying out sleep sculpture gives him pause,” The Boston Globe,Friday, February 4th, 2005, C1, C16.
2005    Edgers, Geoff, “Perchance To Dream,” The Boston Globe, Friday, February4th, 2005, C1, C16.
2005    “Everybody at Art 36 Basel,” Artnet, June 20, 2005.
2005    Hopkins, Randi, “I know what girls like,” The Boston Phoenix, Wednesday, January 12th, 2005.
2005    “Le Guide Culturelle: Vidéo du Corps à l’Ouvrage,” Elle, June 27 2005, p. 24.
2005    Maddocks, Phil, “Make it a date in the Dream Bed,” Natick Bulletin & TAB, February 25th, 2005.
2005    “Marina Abramovic: Autoportrait au Squelette,” Beaux Arts Magazine, June 2005, p. 112.