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Monica Bonvicini

Italian, b. 1965

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Monica Bonvicini

Italian, b. 1965

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With her provocative large-scale installations, Monica Bonvicini explores the links between sexuality and architecture, both challenging the male-dominated field and exposing the gendered quality of constructed spaces. Juxtaposing materials such as steel and glass with leather and rubber, Bonvicini’s works are at once thoughtful and cheeky—as seen in Leather Tools (2009), featuring mallets, axes, and other implements tightly encased in leather like fetishized objects. Bonvicini’s site-specific installations invite physical interaction by viewers, from Stairway to Hell (2003), a working staircase enveloped in hanging chains and shattered glass, to Don’t Miss a Sec (2004), the sleek chrome lavatory placed inside a cubicle made of two-way mirrors, enabling the user to see outside while remaining invisible in a busy area of London.

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Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more
Biography

With her provocative large-scale installations, Monica Bonvicini explores the links between sexuality and architecture, both challenging the male-dominated field and exposing the gendered quality of constructed spaces. Juxtaposing materials such as steel and glass with leather and rubber, Bonvicini’s works are at once thoughtful and cheeky—as seen in Leather Tools (2009), featuring mallets, axes, and other implements tightly encased in leather like fetishized objects. Bonvicini’s site-specific installations invite physical interaction by viewers, from Stairway to Hell (2003), a working staircase enveloped in hanging chains and shattered glass, to Don’t Miss a Sec (2004), the sleek chrome lavatory placed inside a cubicle made of two-way mirrors, enabling the user to see outside while remaining invisible in a busy area of London.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more
Articles Featuring Monica Bonvicini
Elmgreen & Dragset’s Artist-Driven Istanbul Biennial Is a Model for Future Curators
Sep 15th, 2017
Elmgreen & Dragset’s Artist-Driven Istanbul Biennial Is a Model for Future Curators
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