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Marina Abramovic

Serbia 1946

Performance Art

Marina Abramovic
Marina Abramovic
October 10, 2016

Today, she is a celebrity. A mentor to the likes of Lady Gaga and the haute society’s curious ones. She exhibits at the most prestigious venues, has an own institute and an artistic method named after her. But if we look back only three to four decades in the past, we will find Marina Abramović to be somewhat of a rebel, a young woman who dared to try and redefine contemporary art in a rather turbulent society. Her path was not light, but neither was her determination, as this often disputed, but undeniably intriguing woman rose from a burning star, into stardom.

With a name that echoes loudly throughout the contemporary art sphere, Marina Abramović can also be described as a Serbian artist whose vanguard works proclaim the use of her physical body as the basis of her creative vocabulary. During her long career, Abramović pushed both physical and mental boundaries in order to explore themes of emotional and spiritual transfiguration, authoring some of the most mesmerizing performance acts to date. Expanding her performative practice, she utilized a variety of creative mediums over the years, such as sound, video, sculpture and photography. Often, she was a pioneer in this approach, effectively setting the stage for all younger generation artists who desired to become part of the performance genre[1].

New York museum exhibition had people sit in front of Abramovic and just stare at her
Marina Abramović – An Artist’s Life Manifesto, 2011 – Image via

Early Youth in Yugoslavia

Marina Abramović was born in Belgrade on the 30th of November in 1946, in what was then Yugoslavia. Both of her parents, Vojin Abramović and Danica Rosić, were Yugoslav Partisans during the Second World War, experienced in combat and officially announced National heroes. In the post-war years, both of the artist’s parents were awarded high positions in the Yugoslav government, as distinguished members of the young communist society. Strong and dedicated to their political beliefs, Abramović’s parents enjoyed a prosperous lifestyle, but led a rather strict household, marking the young artist’s life for good. In one of her numerous interviews, Abramović described her family as having been Red bourgeoisie.

Due to their commitment and the passion for the new state of Yugoslavia, Marina’s parents were always away from home, which meant that the young girl had to spend the most of her time with her grandparents. Her grandmother was deeply religious and Abramović describes her upbringing with the following statement: I spent my childhood in a church following my grandmother’s rituals – candles in the morning, the priest coming for different occasions. Furthermore, the artist’s uncle was the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Varnava, a fact which was not looked upon with sympathy at the time by the establishment.
Perhaps it was this obvious dichotomy in lifestyles Marina Abramović experienced as a child that triggered such a strong proclivity towards the arts and the free thinking, and finally, towards the exploration of self.

Marina Abramović - 512 Hours, 2014 - Image via Marco New Anelli
Marina Abramović – 512 Hours, 2014 – Image via Marco Anelli

Family Issues and First Performances

When Marina was six years old, her brother was born. This may have served as a sort of wake-up call to her parents who started living with their children at that point. By Abramović’s own acclaim, her mother had an extremely militant approach to raising her two children and she was no stranger to beating them as well. From the moment Marina started living with her parents, strict lifestyle was a necessity. However, she was also provided with piano, French, and English lessons. Interestingly, she took an early interest in art and rather enjoyed painting during her childhood, yet she never took any sort of art lessons. She was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade between the years of 1965 to 1970. Even in her college days, Abramović was still tightly grasped by her militaristic mother who had a say in all aspects of her life. In an interview published in 1998, Marina described the relationship she had with her mother during the time she was a student in Belgrade: I was not allowed to leave the house after 10 o’clock at night till I was 29 years old. All the performances in Yugoslavia I did before 10 o’clock in the evening because I had to be home then. It’s completely insane, but all of my cutting myself, whipping myself, burning myself, almost losing my life in the firestar, everything was done before 10 in the evening. Additionally, her parents had a terrible marriage which was no stranger to long verbal fights and even physical confrontations. Abramović finally escaped her mother’s clutches in 1970 when she set her sails for Zagreb, wishing to complete her post-graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. She did so in 1972, after which she taught at the Academy of Fine Arts at Novi Sad until 1975. She was also implementing her first solo performances during that period[2].

What may be the greatest early accomplishment of Marina Abramovic is that she displaced art from traditional media and moved it directly onto her body

Marina Abramović - Art must be beautiful - Image via pinimgcom
Marina Abramović – Art must be beautiful – Image via

Marina Abramović, the Performance Artist

Between the years of 1971 and 1976, Marina Abramovic was married to Neša Paripović. Among other things, he is considered to be one of the key protagonists of conceptual art in Serbia during the 1970s. When the marriage between Abramovic and Paripovic came to an end, Marina went to Amsterdam to perform a piece. After seeing the state of Netherlands’ scene at the time and the overall acceptance of her work, Marina decided she would like to stay in Amsterdam permanently. Both her earliest work from Yugoslavia and her more mature works from Netherlands have been pioneering, to say the least. She used her body in an extreme way no other has done so before her, transforming it into both the subject and the medium of her art. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her own well-being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation – the main aim of her performance acts[3]. Ever since she arrived in Amsterdam, her main concern was creating artworks that ritualize the simplistic actions of everyday life, such as lying, sitting, dreaming and thinking, in a way that they become a manifestation of a unique mental state[4]. By presenting the public with such notions, Abramovic became arguably the most important member of the generation of pioneering performance artists that includes the likes of Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci and Chris Burden.

Marina Abramović formed a creative vocabulary that frequently involves putting herself in grave danger and performing lengthy acts that result in her being cut, burnt or enduring some sort of privation

After those countless hours at MoMA in 2016, people felt like a part of the show
Marina Abramović – Rest Energy, 1980 – Image via

Abramovic and Ulay

From 1975 until 1988, Abramović performed alongside the German artist Ulay (his real name is Frank Uwe Laysiepen). The duo became an international sensation and represent one of the finest long-term collaborations between any two artists to date[5]. Since Ulay was a like-minded artist, Marina and him had no problems connecting on every creative level. Much of their work together was concerned with gender identity and the topics revolving around sex. Arguably the most notorious one of them all was Imponderabilia from 1977, a performance in which they stood naked while facing each other in a museum’s tight and narrow entrance, forcing visitors to squeeze between them and, in so doing, to choose which of the two to face. The couple traveled extensively and some of their works, such as the Nightsea Crossing, were performed in more than a dozen locations around the world. Some acts were controversial and some delightfully charming, but all of them managed to attract mass attention from the local audience and media. When they finally decided to end their relationship in the year of 1988, they symbolically marked the dissolution with a performance act in which they walked from separate ends of the Great Wall of China and met in the middle in order to say goodbye[6]. After the famous Abramović – Ulay duo came to an end, Marina returned to solo work in 1989 after taking a short one-year break from performing.

To this day, the collaboration between Abramovic and Ulay stands as one of the most productive and conceptually matching artistic duos that ever emerged

Marina Abramović - Aaa aaa sit, 1978 - Image via iranzuguijarroplazacom
Marina Abramović – Aaa aaa, 1978 – Image via

Pieces and Awards After Laysiepen

Since ending her relationship with Ulay and going her separate way, Abramovic has taught and lectured extensively in Europe and America. Among the places she held lectures are the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Hamburg and the famed Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her teacher roles were rewarded in 2004 when Marina received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute in Chicago. This, however, was not the only award Abramovic got during her career. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece titled Balkan Baroque. In 2003, the artist received the Bessie for The House with the Ocean View‚ a 12-day performance held at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the city serving as Marina’s home to this day. The performance artist remained active on the creative front as well for all those years as some of her finest pieces were produced during this time. In 2005, Abramovic presented Balkan Erotic Epic at the Pirelli Foundation in Milan, Italy and at the aforementioned Sean Kelly Gallery in the Big Apple. That same year, she held a series of performances called Seven Easy Pieces at The Guggenheim Museum, events which were awarded the prize for the Best Exhibition of Time-Based Art by the United States Art Critics Association. In the spring of 2010, she had her first major retrospective in the United States at The Museum of Modern Art and simultaneously performed her durational piece The Artist is Present[7] for more than 700 hours. This retrospective boasts of having been seen by a staggering number of viewers – more than 850,000 visitors set across Marina during the duration of The Artist is Present. In 2011, a theater piece authored by Robert Wilson called The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Similarly entitled, the 2012 HBO documentary concerning the performance artist’s life was premiered at Sundance Film Festival in Utah and The Canadian Film Premiere in Toronto. Many other performances followed, and in the meanwhile, her work was also featured in many large-scale international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and Documenta VI, VII and IX.

Marina Abramović observes her performance art almost as a sacrificial and religious ceremony, conducted by herself for a congregation of attending viewers

For the people at the MoMA institute in 2016, Abramovic was a whole new experience
Marina Abramović – The Artist is Present, 2010 – Image via Marco Anelli

Marina Abramović – The Symbol of Performance Art

Working in an extremely broad range of media in order to achieve her creative goals, Marina Abramović can literally be described as an icon of performance art. There is simply no studying or disusing this art form without at least mentioning Marina’s name. Although Joseph Beuys can be credited with forming and establishing performance art as a valid medium, Marina Abramović is the one that investigated and ultimately set the range of this art. She is the one that explored how far the boundaries of performance art can go if one is truly committed to their work, raising the bar to a point that we do not see anyone reaching anytime soon. In other words, ”The Grandmother of Performance art” is a genuine pioneer and someone who paved the way for many younger artists who followed in the same creative path.

This artist’s works can be found at Me Collectors Room and

Marina Abramović lives and works in New York City, The United States.


  1. Von Furstenberg, A., Madoff, S., Marina Abramovic: Balkan Epic, Skira, 2006
  2. Iles, C., Abramovic, M., Biesenbach, K., Marco Anelli: Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramovic, Damiani, 2012
  3. Pejic, B., Marina Abramovic: Artist Body, Charta, 1998
  4. Abramovic, M., Marina Abramovic: The Dream Book, Gendaikikakushitsu, 2012
  5. Abramovic, M., Walk Through Walls: A Memoir, Crown Archetype, 2016
  6. Westcott, J., When Marina Abramovic Dies: A Biography, The MIT Press, 2010
  7. Iles, C., Danto, A., Spector, N., Stokic, J., Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Private Exposureme Collectors Room, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2016NEON-MAI LabBenaki Museum, AthensSolo
2015RiskTurner Contemporary, Kent, UKGroup
2015What's happening?Statens Museum for Kunst, CopenhagenGroup
2015Marina Abramović: Terra Comunal / Communal LandSESC Pompeia, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2015Marina Abramović: Private ArchaeologyMONA, Tasmania, AustraliaSolo
2014Marina Abramović: White SpaceLisson Gallery, London, UKSolo
2014Marina Abramović: Holding EmptinessContemporary Art Center, Malaga, SpainSolo
2014Marina Abramović: Entering the Other SideKistefos Museet, JevnakerSolo
2014Marina Abramović: 512 HoursSerpentine Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Marina AbramovićSean Kelly, New York, USASolo
2014Marina Abramovic. Holding EmptinessCAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, MálagaSolo
2014Mai Presents: Counting The RiceCentre d'Art Contemporain Geneve, GenevaSolo
201442nd World Gallery of DrawingSkopje 2014 - Osten Biennial of Drawing, SkopjeGroup
2014Performance NowDelaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DEGroup
2014Magiciens de la terre, retour sur une exposition légendaireCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2014Collective IIIGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaGroup
2014La Beauté Du GesteMusée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2014Love Story - The Anne & Wolfgang Titze CollectionBelvedere, ViennaGroup
2014Love Story – Sammlung Anne & Wolfgang Titze21er Haus, ViennaGroup
2014Ulay & Abramovic : GirlGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Paris, ParisGroup
2014V Bienal De Arte Contemporáneo De La Fundación OnceCentroCentro Cibeles , MadridGroup
2014Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition - T-B A21 - ThyssenBornemisza Art Contemporary, ViennaGroup
2014NJ Photography Forum1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJGroup
2014Thinking (Out Of) The Box - MarresCentre for Contemporary Culture, MaastrichtGroup
2014Re:VisonTrish Clarke Gallery, AucklandGroup
2014Walk On - 40 years of art walking from Richard Long to Janet CardiffThe Atkinson, SouthportGroup
2014Perduti nel paesaggio/ Lost in Landscape  -  MARTMuseo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2014Call me on SundayKrinzinger Projekte, ViennaGroup
2014Einblicke in die Sammlung WemhönerSammlung Wemhöner, BerlinGroup
2014Ulay & Abramovic : LiebeWilhelm Hack Museum, LudwigshafenGroup
2014Le amazzoni della fotografia dalla collezione di Mario TrevisanPalazzo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2014Revolternas decenniumKulturhuset Stockholm, StockholmGroup
2014A VISÃO INCORPORADA - Performance para a câmara  -  MNACMuseu do Chiado, LisbonGroup
2014Performance NowMiddlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VTGroup
2014Ulay & Abramovic : Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary ArtSite Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2014Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and ArtWinnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, ManitobaGroup
2014O OLHO DO TIGRE - Obras da Colecção SarmentoAppleton Square, LisbonGroup
2014Faceless - Seduction, surveillance, privacyMediamatic, AmsterdamGroup
2014The Empty PedestalMuseo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, BolognaGroup
2014Il Piedistallo vuoto. Fantasmi dall’Est EuropaMuseo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, BolognaGroup
2014Reproductibilitat 1.1Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2013LandscapesGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaSolo
2013Rhythm 0, 1974The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel AvivSolo
2013Ulay & Abramovic : Marina Abramovic and Ulay: Rest EnergyArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONDuo
2013FotoBienal MaspMuseu Oscar Niemeyer, CuritibaGroup
2013Bone 16 Festival Für Aktionskunst In BernStadtgalerie im PROGR, BernGroup
2013Ulay & Abramovic : Inter[In]VençãoFórum Eugénio de Almeida, ÉvoraGroup
2013Metamatic Reloaded - Neue Kunstprojekte im Dialog mit Tinguelys ZeichenmaschinenMuseum Tinguely, BaselGroup
2013Sie. Selbst. Nackt. Paula Modersohn-Becker und andere Künstlerinnen im Selbstakt  -  Paula ModersohnBecker Museum, BremenGroup
201330th Council of Europe art exhibition - The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK), KrakowGroup
2013B.A.B.E - The Best Artists Books and Editors  -  Immanence, espace d'art contemporain, ParisImmanence, espace d'art contemporain, ParisGroup
20134th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary - Old Intersections make it new 2Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiGroup
2013The Mediterranean Experience: The Mediterranean as a spatial paradigm for the circulation of ideas and meaningMMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiGroup
2013Konstellation 6. Begriffe - Räume - ProzesseKunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau, WarthGroup
2013Reproductibilitat 1.0Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2013Ulay & Abramovic : Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary ArtBlaffer Art Museum - at the University of Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013The Temptation of AA BronsonWitte de With Center for Contemporary Art, RotterdamGroup
2013Performance NowH&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MOGroup
2013FotoBienal MaspMuseu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, São PauloGroup
2013Bad Girls49 NORD 6 EST – Frac Lorraine, MetzGroup
2013Faceless / part IQuartier21, ViennaGroup
2013Moving Images 2013 - MediationBiennial of Moving Images, DeventerGroup
2013Adventures of truth - Painting and philosophyFondation Maeght, Saint-PaulGroup
2013HomebodiesMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2013Collective IIGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaGroup
2013The Red QueenMona - Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TASGroup
2013Die Leinwand des Leibes – Körperkult als neue Soziale PlastikKünstlerverein Walkmühle e.V., WiesbadenGroup
2013IcasticaGalleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo, ArezzoGroup
2013Walk On - 40 years of art walking from Richard Long to Janet CardiffNorthern Gallery for Contemporary Art, SunderlandGroup
2013Selected WorksGalleri Brandstrup, OsloGroup
2013Body Pressure - Skulptur Seit Den 1960er JahrenHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2013Le PontMAC Musées d´Art Contemporain Marseille, MarseilleGroup
2013Ulay & Abramovic : Ritratto di una città #2. Arte a Roma 1960 – 2001MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, RomeGroup
2013The Second Mediterranean Biennale / SakhninMediterranean Biennale in Sakhnin Arab Heritage Museum of Sakhnin, SakhninGroup
2013Praxis der LiebeSalzburger Kunstverein, SalzburgGroup
2013Video Vintage 1963-1983Beirut Art Center, BeirutGroup
201313 RoomsKaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, NSWGroup
2013Outsider (un Geste à Part)Centre d’Art Bastille - CAB, GrenobleGroup
2013Obra Como Arquivo. Arquivo Como Obra. Curadoria De CauÊ AlvesLuciana Brito Galeria, São PauloGroup
2013Besser scheitern - Film + VideoHamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2013Through A Glass Darkly - Faces Past And PresentErnst Museum Budapest, BudapestGroup
2013Lonely At The Top - Moments On MomentsMuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, AntwerpGroup
2012With Eyes Closed I See HappinessGalerie Krinzinger, ViennaSolo
2012Marina AbramovicGalleri Brandstrup, OsloSolo
2012Marina AbramovicForeman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QCSolo
2012Leven en Dood van Marina AbramovicDe KetelFactory , SchiedamSolo
2012With eyes closed I see HappinessGalleria Lia Rumma, MilanSolo
2012Marina Abramović: Eight Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy EndMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestSolo
2012Speaking Artists Busan Museum of Art, BusanGroup
2012From Death to Death and Other Small Tales | Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.DaskScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2012TouchFutura, PragueGroup
2012Moments on MomentsLunds konsthall, LundGroup
2012FacesErnst Museum Budapest, BudapestGroup
2012Zaobilazne StrategijeGalerija savremene likovne umetnostiu Nišu, NišGroup
2012Digital Life. Human ConnectionsMACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, RomeGroup
2012Using Photography - 1960s and 1970s Conceptual PhotographyMichael Lowe Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2012Elles: PompidouSeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2012Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, ParisSeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2012Bad For YouShizaru Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Sky over My HeadContemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto - CAMK, KumamotoGroup
201214 x 14 – Vermessung des Donauraumes.Positionen aktueller KunstKOG - Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, RegensburgGroup
2012Media City Seoul - 2012 The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale Media City Seoul - International Biennale of Media Art, SeoulGroup
2012NewtopiaCultuurcentrum Mechelen, MechelenGroup
2012Portrait: Genre BoundariesNational Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) - Moscow Branch, MoscowGroup
2012Portrait/landscape: Genre BoundariesMoscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, MoscowGroup
201212 roomsMuseum Folkwang Essen, EssenGroup
2012Ellas. Creadoras De Los Siglos XX Y XXCentro Municipal de las Artes. Alcorcón, AlcorcónGroup
2012Ellas. Creadoras De Los Siglos XX Y XXICentro Cultural Isabel de Farnesio, AranjuezGroup
2012Novecento Ettore e Claudia Gian FerrariMuseo del Novecento - Civici Musei di Milano, MilanGroup
2012Videoprogram: Performing Women  -  Aarhus KunstbygningCenter for Contemporary Art, AarhusGroup
2012Faces - The Phenomenon of Face in VideoartGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2012Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art: An International Contemporary ArtRedline Art Center, Denver, COGroup
2012Ulay & Abramovic : Fremde Überall – Foreigners Everywhere - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Pomeranz CollectionJüdisches Museum Wien, ViennaGroup
2012Theatre of lifeCoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art Torun, TorunGroup
2012Una Mirada Múltiple: Selecciones de la Colección Ella Fontanals-CisnerosMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, HavanaGroup
201211th Havana BiennialLa Bienal de La Habana, HavanaGroup
2012Art 21 | Access 2012Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MIGroup
2012Ulay & Abramovic : Cer variabilCollectors House, HeerlenGroup
2012Performing Identity : Marina Abramovic, Eleanor Antin, and Hannah WilkeGeorgia Museum of Art, Athens, GAGroup
2012BEYOND TIME - INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART TODAYKulturhuset Stockholm, StockholmGroup
2012Moments - Eine Geschichte der Performance in 10 AktenZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2012Realities / FictionsEs Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2012An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary PhotographySaint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2012Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary ArtSmart Museum of Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2012Vidéo Vintage 1963-1983 - Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2012Theatre Of The WorldMona - Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TASGroup
2011Marina Abramović: The Artist is PresentGarage Center for Contemporary Culture - GCCC, MoscowSolo
2011High Times: Reflections Of Psychedelia In Socialist Yugoslavia 1966 - 1976Galerija Skuc, LjubljanaGroup
2011Arteast 2000+ Collection / Selection of Works from the National Collection / Museum of AffectsMuseum of Contemporary Art Metelkova , LjubljanaGroup
2011Mundos NómadesMuseo Nacional de Artes Visuales - MNAV, MontevideoGroup
2011Im Schatten der GewaltNeue Galerie Dachau, DachauGroup
2011Digital Life. Human ConnectionsMACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), RomeGroup
2011Inquiétantes étrangetésMusée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, NantesGroup
2011Aboriginal AfterimagesFotodok, UtrechtGroup
2011Exchange + EvolutionLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2011Le moins du monde - 49 NORD 6 ESTFrac Lorraine, MetzGroup
2011Psychosis I – I will never talk about the war againFärgfabriken Stockholm, StockholmGroup
2011Der Weibliche Blick – Part 1FOTO-RAUM, ViennaGroup
2011Ulay & Abramovic : E' Manifesto!Galleria Studio G7, BolognaGroup
2011The Spectacular of VernacularContemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2011Rollenbilder - RollenspieleMuseum der Moderne - MdM Mönchsberg, SalzburgGroup
2011GravityCrawford Art Gallery, CorkGroup
2011Coleção de fotografia da Fundação TelefônicaInstituto Tomie Ohtake, São PauloGroup
201111 RoomsManchester Art Gallery, ManchesterGroup
20113rd Biennial of Moving Images, Inspired Video ArtBiennial of Moving Images, DeventerGroup
2011Entre Le Cristal Et La FumÉe / Part 2Galerie Jérôme Poggi, ParisGroup
2011SynesthesiaCaroline Wiseman, LondonGroup
2011Personal Structures - 54Biennale di Venezia - Palazzo Bembo, VeniceGroup
2011TRA. The edge of becomingMuseo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2011Biennale di Venezia - 54th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2011Summer Show 2011Kappatos Gallery, AthensGroup
2011Museo de las narrativas paralelas. En el marco de La InternacionalMuseu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, BarcelonaGroup
2011She MeStedelijk Museum Zwolle, ZwolleGroup
2011Ulay & Abramovic : FamilienbandeGalerie Thomas Modern, MunichGroup
2011NO GOVERNMENT NO CRY - A Project by Kendell GeersCIAP, HasseltGroup
2011Konstellation 3Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau, WarthGroup
201124 Fps Vol 21000 Eventi, MilanGroup
2011The Missing PeaceSan Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TXGroup
2011HeroinesFundación Caja Madrid, MadridGroup
2011Let the Healing BeginIMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2011Live to Tape. The Mike Steiner Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof  -  Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2011MonanismMona - Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TASGroup
2011Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and ArtChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Back To SimplicityLuciana Brito Galeria, São PauloSolo
2010The Body as Sculpture - Marina Abramovic & UlayMusée Auguste Rodin - Paris, ParisDuo
201052-54 & 29 Bell StreetLisson Gallery, LondonSolo
2010Personal ArchaeologySean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2010The Artist Is PresentMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYSolo
2010Chair for Man and His SpiritMoMA PS1, New York City, NYSolo
2010Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be BeautifulIMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDSolo
2010BUON DOMANI A BETTER TOMORROWStudio Stefania Miscetti, RomeGroup
2010Aware: Art Fashion IdentityRoyal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
2010She Shoots or Being ShotGallerianumero 38, Lucca, LUGroup
2010The Crude And The RareThe Cooper Union, New York City, NYGroup
2010The Missing Peace – Artists Consider the Dalai LamaNobel Museum, StockholmGroup
2010Word for word, without wordsMestna Galerija / City Art Gallery Ljubljana, LjubljanaGroup
2010Gestures & ProceduresACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VICGroup
2010Lebenslust und TotentanzKunsthalle Krems, KremsGroup
2010Ulay & Abramovic : Hunt & ChaseSalomon Contemporary Warehouse, East Hampton, NY (closed)Group
2010GoddessesThe Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, OsloGroup
2010Isole mai Trovate – Islands never foundGreek State Museum of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiGroup
2010HumanMAMAC - Musee d´Art Moderne et d`Art Contemporain Nice, NiceGroup
2010Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in Four Acts: Act 1: The CorporealWhitechapel Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Outside the Box . Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
201020 Years Already!Galerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaGroup
2010NakedJensen Gallery, AucklandGroup
2010Julia Stoschek Collection - I want to see how you seeDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2010HAPPY BIRTHDAY II - The second Anniversary of the GalleryBlack Cube Gallery - Calle Horitzontal, BarcelonaGroup
2010Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/PerformanceSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2010Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern EuropeZacheta - National Gallery of Art, WarsawGroup
2010Isola mai trovate / Islands never foundPalazzo Ducale, GenoaGroup
2010Miradas Singulares, Voces PluralesClaustro de Exposiciones Palacio Provincial, CádizGroup
2010Think PinkGavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FLGroup
2010C'est la vie ! Vanités de Caravage à Damien HirstMusée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, ParisGroup
2010Quartet–Four Biennials Reflected in PrintsInternational Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), LjubljanaGroup
2010RestrictedurtrtrMonte Clark Gallery - Toronto, Toronto, ONGroup
20098 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy EndCCA - The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel AvivSolo
2009IrresistibleGalerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris (closed, 2011)Solo
2009All Creatures Great and SmallNational Gallery of Art, WarsawGroup
2009Pourquoi Attendre !Centre d´Art Contemporain Geneve, GenevaGroup
2009The First Image-SequencesGreek State Museum of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiGroup
2009Variablesbeaumontpublic, LuxembourgGroup
20097th Florence BiennaleFlorence Biennale, FlorenceGroup
2009Essential ExperiencesMuseo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, PalermoGroup
2009Gender Check - Rollenbilder in der Kunst OsteuropasMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaGroup
20091989: The End of History or the Beginning of the Future? Video Art Comments on a Paradigm ShiftAustrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, NYGroup
2009VisionNational Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) - Ekaterinburg Branch - Ekaterinburg, YekaterinburgGroup
2009GO EAST II - Mudam Collection supported by KBL European Private BankersMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2008Video WorksLaboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico CitySolo
2008Marina Abramovic: The OnionRichmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MISolo
2008Marina Abramović - Transitory Object for Human UseLuciana Brito Galeria, São PauloSolo
2008Marina Abramovic - beaumontpublicLuxembourgSolo
20088 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy EndGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaSolo
2008ARTEAST 2000Maribor Art Gallery, MariborGroup
2008Ruby Green FoundationRuby Green, Nashville, TNGroup
2008The Art of Participation: 1950 to NowSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
200828° Bienal de São PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
2008Platform Seoul 2008doART Seoul, SeoulGroup
2007Present - Past - PresentKappatos Gallery, AthensSolo
2007Marina AbramovicLa Fabrica Galeria, MadridSolo
2007Marina AbramovićGalerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris (closed, 2011)Solo
2007GUESTSGaleria Juan Silió, SantanderGroup
2007Not Closedbeaumontpublic, LuxembourgGroup
2007Who’s got the Big Picture?MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, AntwerpGroup
2007No. 1: Destroy, she saidJulia Stoschek Collection, DusseldorfGroup
200752nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2007Prague Biennale 3Prague Biennale, PragueGroup
2007Auto Emotion - Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioningThe Power Plant, Toronto, ONGroup
2006Marina Abramovic - Body on trialChiesa di San Paolo, Modena, ModenaSolo
2006Ulay & Abramovic : Marina Abramovic and UlayHaifa Museum of Art, HaifaDuo
2006Seven Easy PiecesKunsthalle Fridericianum, KasselSolo
2006Balkan EpicHangar Bicocca, spazio d’arte contemporanea, MilanSolo
2006Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an IdeaSean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006INTO ME / OUT OF MEKW Institute for Contemporary Art , BerlinGroup
2006Every Day ... another artist/work/showSalzburger Kunstverein, SalzburgGroup
2006EldoradoMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2006WATCH OUTbeaumontpublic, LuxembourgGroup
2006The Missing Peace - Artists Consider the Dalai LamaFowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Me, Myself and IVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, VAGroup
2005Marina AbramovicSean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2005Seven Easy PiecesSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYSolo
2005Marina AbramovicGalerie Guy Bärtschi, GenevaSolo
2005Count on UsARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-GasteizSolo
2004Cleaning the mirrorGalleria Lia Rumma - Naples, NaplesSolo
2004Video killed the radio starLa Fabrica Galeria, MadridSolo
2004Marina Abramovic - Student's bodiesFondazione Volume!, RomeSolo
2004Performing BodySpeed Art Museum, Louisville, KYSolo
2004Count on UsContemporary Art Galleies - UConn School of Fine Arts, Storrs, CTSolo
2003The StarContemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto - CAMK, KumamotoSolo
2003Student BodyCGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaSolo
2003Go(gh) ModernStedelijk Museum CS, AmsterdamSolo
2003ShootLa Fabrica Galeria, MadridSolo
2002The House with the OceanSean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2002Portraits 1975-2002Galleria Lia Rumma Milano, MilanSolo
2002Marina AbramovićGalerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris (closed, 2011)Solo
2002The Hero (for Antonio)Annet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2001Directions-Marina AbramovicHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DCSolo
2001Marina Abramovic - The HuntCenter for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, KitakyushuSolo
2001Holy SportsThe Art Center - Chulalongkorn University, BangkokSolo
2000Soul Operation RoomsKappatos Gallery, AthensSolo
1999Marina AbramovićGalerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris (closed, 2011)Solo
1999MARINA ABRAMOVIC. RITEM 0 / RHYTHM 0Moderna galerija Ljubljana, LjubljanaSolo
1999Marina AbramovicKunstverein Hannover, HannoverSolo
1998Expiring BodyThe Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PASolo
1998Spirit House, video installationCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, WarsawSolo
1998Marina Abramović - Artist Body , Public BodyKunstmuseum Bern, BernSolo
1997Performing BodyStudio Stefania Miscetti, RomeSolo
1997John MillerCenter for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, KitakyushuSolo
1995Double EdgeKunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau, WarthSolo
1995Marina Abramovic: Objects, Performance, Video, SoundFruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
1993Marina Abramovic. WartesaalNeue Nationalgalerie, BerlinSolo
1990Ulay & Abramovic : Marina Abramovic et UlayCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisDuo
1987Ulay & Abramovic : Ulay, Marina AbramovicGalerie René Blouin, Montreal, QCDuo
1986Ulay & Abramovic : Nightsea Crossing: Three-day meditation piece by Abramovic and UlayNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NYDuo
1985Ulay & Abramovic : Ulay und Marina AbramovicModus Vivendi - Kölnischer Kunstverein, CologneDuo
1984Ulay & Abramovic : Nightsea CrossingSMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GhentDuo