Marina Abramovic

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is a New York -based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the "grandmother of performance art."

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1) One of the most painful moments of my life. I knew this was over, I new it was end of very important period of my life. I just remember I could not stop crying. 2) It's very simple: Ulay was not faithful. He made the translator pregnant at the time and this was very difficult to handle. 3) I am not in love and I am free.

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I will soon post the photos of my grandmother who was 103 and her mother who was 116 to prove that Montenegro people live long and never age.

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The MAI institute is not a personal project. MAI is for everybody. I donate the whole building which I bought on my birthday for $950,000 to the non-profit organization and I don't own it. I also paid another half a million for the master plan of Rem Koolhaas from my own money and the office budget for five months. So this does not belong to me anymore, it belongs to anybody. If this kind of concept is something our society needs, they have to join me to create it.

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"Are you happy?" Nobody asks this.

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It was very emotional. Entire life of our twelve years together went like a fast forward film. These moments of intensity were very important for me.

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I do. He comes from really troubled background. He make his own way from the really difficult childhood and struggle to being rapper royalty and that's not easy. I respect that.

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I never wanted to have children. I never had the biological clock running like other women. I always wanted to be an artist and I knew that I could not divide this energy into anything else. Looking back, I think it was the right decision.

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Also, I had a difficult life, and only since the last ten years I earned money, and most of the money I spent on supporting this institute.

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But everybody knows that I am the woman. In Serbian, my native language, art and artist are male noun and adjectives, so it is a matter of translation. I don't put importance to this. It doesn't matter who is making art, male or female, what matters is good or bad art.

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Definitely coming back to the hotel after Rhythm 0 performance at two in the morning, looking in the mirror and realizing that a big piece of my hair just got white.