Marina Abramović
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    • Marina Abramović
    • Birthdate: 1946
      Gender: Female
      Marina Abramović was born in 1946 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Since the beginning of her career in the early 1970s when she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Abramović has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has been both her subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. As a vital member of the generation of pioneering performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci and Chris Burden, Abramović created some of the most historic early performance pieces and continues to make important durational works.

Abramović has presented her work with performances, sound, photography, video and sculpture in solo exhibitions at major institutions in the U.S. and Europe. Her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 1998, the exhibition Artist Body - Public Body toured extensively, including stops at Kunstmuseum and Grosse Halle, Bern, Switzerland and La Gallera, Valencia, Spain. In 2004, Abramović exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York and had a significant solo show,The Star, at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan.

      Abramović has taught and lectured extensively in Europe and America. In 1994, she became Professor for Performance Art at the Hochschule für Bildende Künst in Braunschweig, where she taught for seven years. In 2004, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute in Chicago, The University of Plymouth and Willams College.

She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque and, in 2003, received the New Media Bessie award for The House with the Ocean View‚ a 12-day performance at Sean Kelly Gallery.

In 2005, Abramović presented Balkan Erotic Epic at the Pirelli Foundation in Milan, Italy and at Sean Kelly in New York. That same year, she held a series of performances entitled Seven Easy Pieces at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She was honored for Seven Easy Pieces by the Guggenheim at their International Gala in 2006 and by the AICA-USA, which awarded her the Best Exhibition of Time Based Art designation in 2007. She was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Artist is Present, in 2010; the following year, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia also presented a major retrospective of Abramović's oeuvre. Abramović's work is included in numerous major public and private collections worldwide.

In 2011, Abramović participated in visionary director Robert Wilson's, The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, the critically acclaimed re-imagination of Abramović's biography, which continues to tour internationally. The feature-length documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, premiered in January 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival and has since received widespread critical acclaim. In 2015, Abramović was the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, entitled Private Archaeology. In conjunction with her solo exhibition at MONA, Abramović conducted a 12-day residency program, through Kaldor Public Art Projects in Sydney, Australia.

Abramović is currently developing the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI) in Hudson, New York, an interdisciplinary performance and education center dedicated to the presentation and preservation of long durational work and the fostering of collaborations between art, science, technology and spirituality. For more information about MAI, please visit the MAI website.

Marina Abramović lives and works in New York.
    • Biography
    • 2016  Group   Performer/Audience/Mirror, Lisson Gallery, London 

                             Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London 

                             It’s Me to the World, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England 

      2015  Solo      Marina Abramović: Places of Power, Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil 

                             Marina Abramović: Terra Comunal / Communal Land, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil 

                             Marina Abramović: Private Archaeology, MONA, Tasmania, Australia 

                             Marina Abramović: In Residence, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, Sydney 

                Group   Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy 

                             Words and Images: Books Beyond Artists, Ivory Press, Spain 

                             Flying over the Abyss, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece 

                             Risk, Turner Contemporary, Kent, United Kingdom 

                             15 Rooms, Long Museum, Shanghai, China 

                             Climats artificiels, Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France 

                             What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 

                             Moving Time: Video Art At 50, 1965-2015, Broad Museum Michigan State University, East

                             Lansing, Michigan 

                             Goldberg Variations with Igor Levit, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York 

                             Silence Out Loud, Kranenburgh, Bergen, Netherlands 

                             Monuments Should Not Be Trusted, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom 

      2014   Solo      Marina Abramovic: Generator, Sean Kelly, New York, New York 

                              Marina Abramovic: Holding Emptiness, Contemporary Art Center, Malaga, Spain 

                              Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

                              Marina Abramovic: Entering the Other Side, Kistefos Museet, Jevnaker, Norway 

                              Marina Abramovic: White Space, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

                 Group   Decades of Revolt, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Gallery 5, Stockholm Sweden 14 Rooms, Art 45

                              Basel, Basel, Switzerland 

      2013   Solo      The Kitchen, Cordoba Photo Biennale, solo show, Cordoba, Spain 

                              The Kitchen, PhotoGalicia Festival, solo show, Galicia, Spain 

                               Marina Abramovic: Landscapes, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland 

                               MAI-Prototype, installation at Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland 

                               Bob Wilson’s The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New


                  Group   On Nature, Sean Kelly, New York, New York 

                               Art at the Core: The Intersection of Visual Art, Performance & Technology, Hudson Valley

                               Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York 

                               Thirteen Rooms, group exhibition, Pier 2/3, Sydney 

                               Constellations, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom 

                               Munch by Others, Haugar Artmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway 

                               Airport, Art Parcours, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland 

                               The Distaff Side, The Granary, Sharon, Connecticut 

                               Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, New York   

                               Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, Pitshanger Manor Museum, 

                                               London, United Kingdom, 2013; Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, 

                                               Sunderland, United Kingdom, 2013; MAC Birmingham, Birmingham, United

                                               Kingdom, 2014; The Atkinson Southport, Southport, United Kingdom, 2014;

                                               Plymouth City Art Gallery, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2014 

      2012    Solo      Marina Abramovic, Balkan Stories, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna. 

                               Marina Abramovic: Eight Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End, The Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle

                               Budapest, Budapest, Hungary. 

                               With Eyes Closed I See Happiness, Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy. 

                               With Eyes Close I see Happiness, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway 

                               The Abramovic Method, PAC, Milan, Italy. 

                               Marina Abramovic, La Fabrica Gallery, Madrid, Spain. 

                               Marina Abramovic, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria 

                   Group  Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 

                               Chicago Illinois. 

                               Faces: The Phenomenon of Faces in Video Art, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague 

                               Chance: Marina Abramovic, David Hammons, Robin Rhode, The George Economou

                               Collection, Athens, Greece 

                               Theater of Life, Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland 

      2011     Solo     Marina Abramovic- The Artist is Present, The Garage, Moscow, Russia. 

                                Marina Abramovic, Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, Georgia. 

                   Group   Exchange + Evolution, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California 

                                The Mask and The Mirror, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, New York 

                                Fertility, Akim Monet, Berlin, Germany. 

                                Publics and Counterpublics, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo - CAAC, Seville, Spain. 

                                Eleven Rooms, Manchester International Festival, Manchester. 

                                For a Long Time…, Roberts & Tilton, Santa Monica, CA. 

                                The Luminous Interval, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain. 

                                L’Insoutenablle Légérete de L’être, Yvon Lambert, New York, New York. 

                                L’Insoutenablle Légérete de L’être, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France. 

                                Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy. 

                                Heroinas, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza y Fundacion Caja, Madrid, Spain. 

                                10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland and the European Avant Garde, The Royal Scottish

                                Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

                                TRA. EDGE OF BECOMING, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy. 

      2010      Solo     Back to Simplicity, Galeria Luciana Brito, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

                                 Marina Abramovic: Personal Archaeology, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York. 

                                 Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York. 

                                 Marina Abramovic, Lisson Gallery, London, England.  

                    Group  Everything is going to be alright, Kamu Art Museum, Tallin, Estonia. 

                                Two, Worlds and Views, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York. 

                                The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.

                                Misericordia, Prism, Los Angeles, California. 

                                Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Against Exclusion, Garage Center for

                                Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia 

                                Hunt & Chase. Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, New York. 

                                Human Rites. Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida. 

                                Human. Tmamac, Nice, France. 

                                Human, 1988-2010. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California. 

                                Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 


                                Goddesses, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway. 

                                Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 

                                New York, New York. 

                                The Hoerengracht, Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

                                Think Pink, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida. 

                                That’s Life: Vanities from Caravaggio to Damien Hirst, Fondation Dina Vierny – Musée

                                Maillol, Paris, France. 

                                Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,

                                New York, New York. 

                                Brave New World, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg. 

      2009       Solo    The Kitchen: Homage to Saint Therese, La Fabrica Galleria, Madrid, Spain. 

                                 Unconditional Love, Arsenale Novissimo Tesa 89, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. 

                                 Marina Abramovic: Irresistible, Galerie Cent 8, Paris, France. 

                     Group  POURQUOI ATTENDRE!, Fonds Andre Iten at Centre d'Art de Geneve, Geneva, 


                                 Variables, Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg, Brussels. 

                                 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. 

                                 The Missing Peace, Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida. 

                                 Chelsea Visits Havana, Havana Fine Arts Museum, Cuba. 

                                 Elles@centrepompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. 

                                 The Female Gaze: Women look at Women, Cheim & Reid, New York. 

                                 Worlds on Video, Strozzina, Florence, Italy. 

      2008        Solo     8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End, Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.  

                                  Marina Abramovic: Videoinstalaciones, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico.

                      Group  XXVIII Sâo Paulo Biennale, Sâo Paulo, Brazil. 

                                  Video Performance: Models of Self-Reflection, Ausstellungshalle fur zeitgenossische Kunst

                                  Münster, Germany. 

                                  Photographic Works, To Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Foundation for

                                  Contemporary Arts, New York, New York. 

                                  Great Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art,

                                  Purchase, New York. 

                                  I’ve Got Something in My Eye, Hessel Museum of Art - Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard 

                                  College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. 

                                  Academia: Qui es-tu?, Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des BeauxArts, Paris, France.

                                  The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,


                                  Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New


                                  Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England. 

                                  When I Open my Eyes in the Morning, I see a Film, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

      2007          Solo     Balkan Erotic Epic, Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

                                    Balkan Erotic Epic, Galerie Cent8, Paris, France. 

                                    Balkan Erotic Epic, La Fabrica Galeria, Madrid, Spain. 

                                    Marina Abramovic, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece. 

                        Group  Poul Kjærholm: Structures and Surfaces, Sean Kelly Gallery and R Gallery, New York, New 


                                    Fortunate Objects, Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, CIFO, Miami, Florida. 

                                    Gehen Bleiben, KunstMuseum, Bonn, Germany. 

                                    Art Metropole: The Top 100, The National Gallery of Ottawa, Ontario,Canada. 

                                    After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art, Dorsky Gallery,

                                    Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, New York. 

                                    Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 

                                    Seven Easy Pieces, Gender Bender Festival, Bologna, Italy. 

                                    Seven Easy Pieces e Making the Balkans Erotic, MAXXI, Rome, Italy. 

                                    Seven Easy Pieces, KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne, Germany. 

                                    Best Regards from the Blind Spot, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain. 

                                    True Romance, KUNSTHALLE, Wien, Austria. 

                                    Auto Emotion: Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioning, The Power Plant, Toronto,


                                    Between Art and Spirituality, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. 

                                    Into Me / Out of Me, Macro, Rome, Italy. 

                                    Lights, Camera, Action: Artists Films for the Cinema, The Whitney Museum of American

                                    Art, New York, New York. 

                                    The Missing Piece, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, New York. 

                                    The Missing Piece, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California. 

                                    Mulher Mulheres, SESC Avenida Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil. 

                                    New Genre Festival XIV, Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

                                    Ohnmacht Muthesius, Kunsthochschule, Kiel, Germany. 

                                    Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic. 

                                    PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York. 

                                    Renegades, Exit Art, New York, New York. 

                                    Role Exchange, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York. 

                                    Role Play: Feminist Art Revisited 1960-1980, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York. 

                                    Schmerz, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany. 

                                    Vertigo: The Century of Off-Media Art and Futurism to the Web, Museo 

                                    d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy. 

                                    WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 

                                    California; P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, New 


                                    Sounding the Subject: selections from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich and the New Art

                                    Trust, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    • Exhibitions
      • 2015 West Bund
        Sep 8, 2015 -
        Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Jin Shan, Laurent Grasso, Marina Abramović, Wang Jiaxue, Xu Bing
        • Art Fair
      • 2014 West Bund Art Fair
        Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Gang Zhao, Jin Shan, Kendell Geers, Laurent Grasso, Marina Abramović, Matthew Brandt
        • Art Fair
    • Artworks
      • The Levitation of Saint Therese

        Video | color video projection on Blu-Ray DVD with sound, 11’ 21” loop | 00:11:21 loop dimensions variable | 2009

      • Place of power

        Print | 160 × 213 cm | 2013