Marina Abramović

1946 · Serbia

Artist biography

Marina Abramović is a Serbian performance artist born in 1946 and is recognised by the works of Rhythm 10, 5, 2, 4 and the most popular Rhythm 0 (1973-1974). She is also known for more recent works such as Seven Easy Pieces (2005) and The Artist is Present (2010). Abramović had a rough childhood and escaped through her art. She started out painting mainly still life but eventually became exposed to sound and performance through school. Abramović studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade (1965-1970) and then eventually at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (1972).

The question of power in the female body and exploring the ideas around it is one of the main focuses on Marina Abramović’s work. Abramović’s art is displayed in performance, mainly surrounding the subjects of the body and consciousness. Her bold interpretations of the body is translated through her work as it displays a sense of always questioning the limits of the body. Some say that she helped explore another identity of the body by confronting physical boundaries like pain and blood. Her work displays a sense of energy that really tests the body and, in that, attempts to understand it. In a short film-interview called Marina Abramović on Rhythm 0 (2014) released by the Marina Abramović Institute, Abramovic makes it clear that “it’s not about the body, it’s about the mind” and challenges these two together.

Marina’s last exhibit was in 2018 at the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark and at the Bundeskunsthalle in Germany. She has received some of the following awards New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) in 2002, Cultural Leadership Award, American Federation of Arts in 2011 and the 'July 13' Lifetime Achievement Awards, Podgorica, Montenegro in 2012 as well as many other performance awards.

Marina Abramović

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 13

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