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Marina Abramovic wins Spanish Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts

Oviedo, Spain, May 12 (EFE).- Serbian artist Marina Abramovic on Wednesday won Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts 2021.

She was selected from a pool of 59 nominees spanning 24 nationalities.

Abramovic, 74, is known as the queen of performance art with more than five decades in the genre.

Her most popular pieces include the Rythm series, Lips of Thomas, Balkan Baroque, and The Artist Is Present.

The latter was performed in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where Abramovic sat still for 700 hours, three full months, whilst staring back at visitors.

The prize for the Arts is the first of eight to be announced in this 41st edition of the awards, named after the heir to the Spanish crown, the Princess of Asturias.

Last year, the award was given to two nominees, Italian Ennio Morricone — who passed away soon afterwards at 91 years old — and American composer John Williams for his well-known OSTs featured in hundreds of movies. EFE

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