Marina Abramovic (b.1946, Serbia)

Marina Abramovic is one of the first performance artists to become formally accepted by the institutional museum world having held major solo shows throughout Europe and the US over a period of more than 25 years. These include the Stedelijk Van Abbe museum, Eindhoven,1985, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1990, Neue National Galerie, Berlin,1993 and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford,1995.

She has also participated in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel (1977, 1982 and 1992). Recent performances include Seven Easy Pieces at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2005. In 2010, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, held a major retrospective, 'The Artist Is Present'.

Marina Abramovic is establishing the MAI (Marina Abarmovic Institute) to support the future exploration and promotion of performance art. Retreat and rest are part of Abramovic's practice – achieved through a process of cleansing and spiritual rebooting that she terms ‘Cleaning the House’ – as are the gruelling boot-camps that she hosts to train young performance artists. She hosts these sessions in upstate New York, inviting performers to fast, bathe, meditate and complete various other long-durational exercises, many of which are being developed for the general public under the rubric of 'The Abramovic Method'.

Abramovic, Marina b.1946

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