Marlene studied Art History and Chinese Studies in Berlin, Beijing and Venice. Her post-graduate dissertation at UCL in London focused on countermonumentality in the works of Xu Bing and Ai Weiwei, which led to a job at the studio of the latter. From 2012 until 2014 she was assistant to the artist, working on publications and exhibitions including major solo shows at the Hirschhorn Museum and Martin Gropius Bau. During her time in China, Marlene was based in Beijing's Caochangdi district, where she had great exposure to the bourgeoning artistic and creative scene.
At Michael Werner, she continues to be involved in projects in China, and is currently working with a museum on a retrospective exhibition of one of the gallery's artists.