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Famous Montenegrin artist based in New York Marina Abramović was invited  by the President of the Atlas Foundation Duško Knežević  to become Arts and Education Ambassador of the Atlas Foundation.  The agreement was officially signed on 24 September at Marina’s home in NYC.


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Abramović was born in Belgrade, but having Montenegrin origins she wants to renew the relations with the country of her ancestors. She wants to help the promotion of Montenegrin culture in the world as well as the development of performance art in Montenegro.       Marina Abramović purchased a theater two hours north of Manhattan in Hudson, NY, intending to establish a nonprofit organization, Marina Abramović Foundation for the Preservation of Performance Art. She will use the space to work and develop ideas with video and post-production equipment and there will be a second property to house resident artists.       During her four decades long career Abramović explored the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. The body has been both her subject and medium.  She pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form and has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art.”

 Abramović created some of the most historic early performance pieces and continues to make important durational works.  She has presented her work with performances, sound, photography, video, sculpture and Transitory Objects for Human and Non Human Use in solo exhibitions at major institutions in the US and Europe. Her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and Documenta VI, VII and IX, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 1998, the exhibition Artist Body - Public Body toured extensively, including stops at Kunstmuseum and Grosse Halle, Bern and La Gallera, Valencia. In 2004, Abramović also exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York and had a significant solo show, The Star, at the Maruame Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.       Abramović has taught and lectured extensively in Europe and America. In 1994 she became Professor for Performance Art at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig where she taught for seven years. In 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute in Chicago.       She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale for her extraordinary video installation/performance piece Balkan Baroque‚ and in 2003 received the Bessie for The House with the Ocean View‚ a 12-day performance at Sean Kelly Gallery.       In 2005, Abramović presented Balkan Erotic Epic at the Pirelli Foundation in Milan, Italy and at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. That same year, she held a series of performances called Seven Easy Pieces at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She was honored for Seven Easy Pieces by the Guggenheim at their International Gala in 2006 and by the AICA USA with the "Best Exhibition of Time Based Art" award in 2007. Abramović's work is included in numerous major public and private collections worldwide.       In 2009, Abramović was featured in Chiara Clemente's documentary Our City Dreams and a book of the same name. Abramović is also the subject of an independent feature documentary movie currently titled "MARINA" that is based on her life and performance at her retrospective "The Artist is Present" at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010.

On the occasion of the 54th Venice Biennale, Marina Abramović announced plans for the development of the Marina Abramović Community Center Obod Cetinje (MACCOC) in Montenegro, dedicated to the cultivation of immaterial art such as dance, theater, opera, music, film and performance. MACCOC was presented as part of the Pavilion of Montenegro, and featured a model of the Obod Factory Complex in which it will be housed, as well as an original narrative video presentation by Marina Abramović. The MACCOC will be housed in the Obod Factory Complex that historically produced refrigerators, presenting over 140,000 square meters of space within the factory that borders the city of Cetinje. “I want Cetinje to become a modern art center,” said Marina Abramović.






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