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b. 1965, Italy

Monica Bonvicini Biography

Best known for large-scale sculptural installations that employ different materials and mediums, Monica Bonvicini incorporates elements of architecture, performance, photography, video, painting, and collage in her work. Using dry and direct humor, she confronts issues of subjectivity, power, barriers, control, and institutional critique. Bonvicini’s art establishes a critical connection within the space where it is exhibited, the materials that define it, and the roles of spectator and creator.

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Bonvinci was born in Venice, Italy in 1965 and currently lives and works in Berlin. She holds degrees from the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (now known as the Universität der Künste) and from the California Institute of the Arts.

Since 2003, she has held a position as Professor for Performative Arts and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Notably, Bonvinci’s work has been featured in many prominent biennials, including the Berlin Biennale (1998; 2003; 2014); La TriennaIe, Paris (2012); the Istanbul Biennale (2017; 2003), and the Venice Biennale (1999; 2001; 2005; 2011; 2015). She has had solo exhibitions at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016/17); Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (2013); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (2012); Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malága, Spain (2011); the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2011); Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2009); Modern Art Oxford, UK (2003); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002). Bonvicini also received the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and she was appointed Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2012.

Monica Bonvicini Featured Artworks

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Tears by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniTears, 2011Murano glass, rubber, paint, wood, glass, light
109 x 50 x 50 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Diener #1 black by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniDiener #1 black, 2016Push-pull prop, lacquer, brazen plate, mixed media
193 x 19 x 43 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Prozac by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniProzac, 2009Nickel-plated chain
270 x 230 x 14 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Flagging Down Up All Night by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniFlagging Down Up All Night, 2019Steel, men’s black leather belts
148 x 110 x 175 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Untitled (from the series: Smart Quotation) by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniUntitled (from the series: Smart Quotation), 1995–1996Mixed media on paper
42.5 x 52 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Untitled (from the series: Smart Quotation) by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniUntitled (from the series: Smart Quotation), 1995–1996Mixed media on paper
42.5 x 52 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Knotted by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniKnotted, 2005Spraypaint on Fabriano-Paper
70 x 58 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Untitled (from the series: Smart Quotation) by Monica Bonvicini contemporary artwork
Monica BonviciniUntitled (from the series: Smart Quotation), 1995–1996Mixed media on paper
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery

Monica Bonvicini Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Monica Bonvicini, presentation on the occasion of the award ceremony for the Oskar-Kokoschkaprize 2020 at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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21 February–27 March 2020 Monica Bonvicini presentation on the occasion of the award ceremony for the Oskar-Kokoschkaprize 2020 Galerie KrinzingerGalerie Krinzinger
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, To a passer-by at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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11 September–12 October 2019 Group Exhibition To a passer-by Galerie KrinzingerGalerie Krinzinger

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Many of the art spaces in early '90s Berlin were located in vacant, abandoned, often ruined buildings that artists had taken over. Artists were running studio collectives and co-ops, outfitting surprising storefronts, and creating nightclubs and music programs. One very influential artist for me was Daniel Pflumm, who was organizing the...

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