Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early seventies, Marina AbramoviÄ has pioneered performance art, creating some of the form's most important early works. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring her physical and mental limits, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.
AbramoviÄ was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2008, she was decorated with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to art history. In 2010, AbramoviÄ had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in The Artist is Present at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her latest durational work - entitled Marina AbramoviÄ: 512 Hours - is currently on view at the Serpentine Gallery in London through 25 August, 2014, during which the public becomes an integral part of the piece. This concept of reshaping and redefining the role of the audience- bringing the viewer into the actual experience and execution of the work - is another theme that has been explored throughout much of AbramoviÄ's career.