Marina Abramović

Serbian performance artist, since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, she has pioneered performance art. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2010, she had her first major USA retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in The Artist is Present. She founded Marina Abramović Institute, a platform for immaterial and long durational work to create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields. Her most recent publication is Walk Through Walls: A Memoir (Crown Archetype, 2016). Her retrospective The Cleaner opened at Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Feb. 2017) and has toured to seven venues, ending at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia (2019).