MARINA ABRAMOVIC has pioneered performance as a visual art form using her body as both her subject and medium since the 70s. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. From 1975–88, Abramović collaborated on a series of seminal works with German artist Ulay. Abramović has presented her work at major institutions in the US and Europe, including the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven,1985; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1990; Neue National Galerie, Berlin, 1993, the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1995; Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, 1977, 1982 and 1992, and Venice Biennale, 1976 and 1997 for which she received the Golden Lion for Best Artist. Most recently, she performed The House With The Ocean View at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York in 2002, and 7 Easy Pieces at Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2005. In 2010, Museum of Modern Art, New York gave Abramović her first major U.S. retrospective where she performed for over 700 hours in The Artist is Present.

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović directed by Robert Wilson premiered and toured Europe in 2011, and was performed in 2013 at the Luminato Festival in Toronto and at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Her collaboration with the Paris Opera for the restaging of Bolero premiered in May 2013. In 2014, Abramović will open the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI) in Hudson, New York. MAI is a foundry for performance and education, hosting workshops, lectures, residencies, and research projects. MAI aims to foster collaborations between art, science, technology, and spirituality within the context of long durational work and the Abramović Method.