Marina Abramovic



Born in 1946, Belgrade, lives and work in New York. Abramovic has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has always 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. Abramovic’s concern with creating works that ritualize the simple actions of everyday life like lying, sitting, dreaming, and thinking; in effect the manifestation of a unique mental state. Her work is included in many major public collections worldwide.

Video Installations / Personal Exhibitions

  • 2006: Balkan Epic, Hangar Bicocca, Milano
    Balkan Erotic Epic, SESC Pinheiros, Sao Paulo
  • 2005: Seven Easy Pieces, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • 2004: Loop Performance, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
  • 2004 Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
  • 2002: Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • 2001: Marina Abramovic: The Hero, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
  • 2000: Cleaning the House: Travelling Cabinet, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
    Public Body. Artist Body, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover
    Performing Bodies, Tate Modern, Londra.

Major awards

Seven Easy Pieces

  • 2003 Niedersächsischer Kunstpreis
  • New York Dance and Performance Award (The Bessies)
  • 2003 International Association of Art Critics, Best Show in a  Commercial Gallery Award

Balkan Baroque

  • 1997 Golden Lion for Best Artist at the XLVII Biennale di Venezia