Marina Abramović

Serbian performance artist

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Marina Abramović (born November 30, 1946) is a Serbian conceptual and performance artist, philanthropist, writer, and filmmaker.

Her work explores body art, endurance art, and feminist art, the relationship between the performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Being active for over four decades, Abramović refers to herself as the “grandmother of performance art.” She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing in the participation of observers, focusing on “confronting pain, blood, and physical limits of the body.” In 2007, she founded the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), a non-profit foundation for performance art.

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Marina Abramović and the arrow that could have easily taken her life (Rest Energy, 1980) | Video courtesy of Public Delivery, YouTube

It is no secret that Marina Abramović is one of the best and most audacious performance artists of all time. Celebrated for her ability to push boundaries when it came to performance art and indeed using her body as a portrayal of meaning, endurance, and at times the threat of physical harm, she has therefore made a big impact on performance art over the years. Rest Energy (1980) was a daring performance piece for which she paired up with German artist Ulay. She credits this four minutes long performance piece as being her most difficult work.

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Published works

Joseph Beuys‘s How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965), Valie Export‘s Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969), Vito Acconci‘s Seedbed (1972), Gina Pane‘s The Conditioning (1973), Rhythm 10 (1973), Rhythm 5 (1974), Rhythm 2 (1974), Rhythm 4 (1974), Rhythm 0 (1974), Abramović‘s own Thomas Lips (1975), In Relation in Space (1976), In Relation in Time (1977), Bruce Nauman‘s Body Pressure (1974), Relation in Movement (1977), Breathing In/Breathing Out, Imponderabilia (1977), Works with Ulay (1978), AAA-AAA (1978), Rest Energy (1980), Nightsea Crossing (1981–1987), Lovers (1988), Cleaning the Mirror (1995), Spirit Cooking (1996), Balkan Baroque (1997), Seven Easy Pieces (2005), Cleaning the House (1995), Artist Body: Performances 1969–1998 (1998), The Bridge / El Puente (1998), Performing Body (1998), Public Body: Installations and Objects 1965–2001 (2001), Marina Abramović (2002), Student Body (2002), The House with the Ocean View (2004), Marina Abramović: The Biography of Biographies (2004), Balkan Epic (2006), Seven Easy Pieces (2007), Marina Abramović (2008), Abramović‘s own Entering the Other Side (2005)The Artist Is Present (2010), When Marina Abramović Dies: A Biography(2010), Walk Through Walls: A Memoir (2016), The Ugly Duckling: A Fairy Tale of Transformation and Beauty (2018), Marina Abramović: Drawings 1963–2017 (2018), Psychoanalyst meets Marina Abramović (2018), 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (2020)
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7 Deaths of Maria Callas
(2020)

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Psychoanalyst meets Marina Abramović
(2018)

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Marina Abramović: Drawings 1963–2017 
(2018)

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The Ugly Duckling
(2018)

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Marina Abramović: Writings 1960–2014
(2018)

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Marina Abramović: The Cleaner
(2017)

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Walk Through Walls
(2016)

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512 Hours
(2015)

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Dedicated to Human Beings
(2013)

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Dream Book
(2012)

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When Marina Abramović Dies
(2010)

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Marina Abramović (Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series)
(2008)

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Seven Easy Pieces
(2007)

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Balkan Epic
(2006)

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Student Body
(2004)

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The House with the Ocean View
(2004)

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Army of Me
(2003)

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Public Body
(2001)

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The Artist is Present
(1998)

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Performing Body
(1998)

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Cleaning the House
(1995)

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Marina Abramović : objects, performance, video, sound
(1995)

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Artist Body
(1988)

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Modus Vivendi
(1984)

Joseph Beuys‘s How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965), Valie Export‘s Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969), Vito Acconci‘s Seedbed (1972), Gina Pane‘s The Conditioning (1973), Rhythm 10 (1973), Rhythm 5 (1974), Rhythm 2 (1974), Rhythm 4 (1974), Rhythm 0 (1974), Abramović‘s own Thomas Lips (1975), In Relation in Space (1976), In Relation in Time (1977), Bruce Nauman‘s Body Pressure (1974), Relation in Movement (1977), Breathing In/Breathing Out, Imponderabilia (1977), Works with Ulay (1978), AAA-AAA (1978), Rest Energy (1980), Nightsea Crossing (1981–1987), Lovers (1988), Cleaning the Mirror (1995), Spirit Cooking (1996), Balkan Baroque (1997), Seven Easy Pieces (2005), Cleaning the House (1995), Artist Body: Performances 1969–1998 (1998), The Bridge / El Puente (1998), Performing Body (1998), Public Body: Installations and Objects 1965–2001 (2001), Marina Abramović (2002), Student Body (2002), The House with the Ocean View (2004), Marina Abramović: The Biography of Biographies (2004), Balkan Epic (2006), Seven Easy Pieces (2007), Marina Abramović (2008), Abramović‘s own Entering the Other Side (2005)The Artist Is Present (2010), When Marina Abramović Dies: A Biography(2010), Walk Through Walls: A Memoir (2016), The Ugly Duckling: A Fairy Tale of Transformation and Beauty (2018), Marina Abramović: Drawings 1963–2017 (2018), Psychoanalyst meets Marina Abramović (2018), 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (2020)

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