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Monica Bonvicini’s multifaceted practice explores the relationship between architecture and gender, power, space and language, in addition to the tension between public and private spaces. Her often large-scale installation works combine a confrontational and performative gesture with which she attracts the viewer’s attention, not only exploring questions concerning institutional critique with her distinct interventions into the exhibition space but also through material and architectural contexts. 

About the Collection

Monica Bonvicini at Unlimited

In conjunction with Monica Bonvicini's presentation of Breathing at Art Basel Unlimited, a large-scale kinetic sculpture made of leather belts and acrylic material suspended from the ceiling, Mitchell-Innes & Nash is thrilled to showcase a selection of works by Bonvicini exploring gender, power structures and labor, both physical and emotional. Using humor and matter-of-fact presentation, the artist creates poignant metaphors that resonate with today's ever increasing political anxieties. 

Bonvicini's installation can be viewed in action below. 

Images

MONICA BONVICINI Hysteria 2018

MONICA BONVICINI
Hysteria
2018
Mirror polished stainless steel, MDF, ed. 1/1 plus 1 AP
39 3/8 by 23 3/4 by 11/16 in.  100 by 60 by 1.7 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Same Old Shit 2018

MONICA BONVICINI
Same Old Shit
2018
Bronze mirror, mdf, ed. 1/5 plus 2 AP
33 by 29 1/4 by 1 in.  83.8 by 74.3 by 2.5 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Untitled (two men building a wall) 2017

MONICA BONVICINI
Untitled (two men building a wall)
2017
Black and white photograph, ed. 1/5 plus 2 AP 
16 by 22 in.  40.6 by 55.9 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Kalapana, 1990 2016

MONICA BONVICINI
Kalapana, 1990
2016
Tempera and spray paint on paper
68 7/8 by 102 3/8 in.  175 by 260 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Ivan and Louise 2004 2016

MONICA BONVICINI
Ivan and Louise 2004
2016
Tempera and spray paint on Fabriano paper, laid down on canvas
61 by 68 1/2 in.  154.9 by 174 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Prozac 2013

MONICA BONVICINI
Prozac
2013
Spray paint on Fabriano paper 
35 7/16 by 61 1/4 by 2 1/16 in.  90 by 155.5 by 5.2 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Alu Chainsaw 1 2012

MONICA BONVICINI
Alu Chainsaw 1
2012
Aluminum cast and chain
10 7/16 by 26 3/4 by 9 5/8 in.  26.6 by 68 by 24.5 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Leather Tool (old hammer) 2009

MONICA BONVICINI
Leather Tool (old hammer)
2009
Leather, leather string and hammer
13 3/16 by 5 3/16 by 2 3/8 in.  33.5 by 13.2 by 6 cm.

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MONICA BONVICINI Kleine Lichtkanone 2009

MONICA BONVICINI
Kleine Lichtkanone
2009
10 fluorescent lights, 15 Watts each, tie wraps, ed. of 9
54 1/2 by 24 by 5 in.  138.4 by 61 by 12.7 cm.

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Biography

b. 1965, Venice, Italy
Lives and works in Berlin

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.