* 1965 in Venice, Italy; lives in Berlin
Monica Bonvicini studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Berlin and the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. In 2003, she assumed the professorship of Performative Arts and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, before she was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Universität der Künste Berlin in 2017. Bonvicini’s work references socio-political conditions and their impact on society. Employing such diverse media as drawing, sculpture, installation art, video, and photography, she explores the interconnections between art and architecture, the ambiguity of language, as well as issues of power relations, gender, and control. In doing so, she consistently challenges the role of the viewer as well as the exhibition space and its surroundings in her work. She has participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions in museums and art institutions, including Kunsthalle Bielefeld; OGR – Officine Grande Riparazioni Torino; Belvedere 21, Vienna; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; MAMBO, Bogotá; Kunsthalle Mainz; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Deichtorhallen / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museion, Bolzano; SculptureCenter, Long Island, New York; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Secession, Vienna; Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her work has been represented at major biennales around the world, for instance, Berlin, Venice, New Orleans, Gwangju, São Paulo, Istanbul, Shanghai and Santa Fe, as well as the Paris Triennale. Monica Bonvicini has received numerous awards for her work, including the Oskar Kokoschka Prize for fine art, Vienna, the Roland Prize for Public Art, Bremen, the National Gallery Prize for Young Art, Berlin, and the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia. Sculptures by Bonvicini are permanently installed in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, and on the Bjørvika fjord in front of the Oslo Opera House.
Foto © Lena Gassmann