press release

This February, Bonniers Konsthall opened the main exhibition for the spring, featuring Italian born/ Berlin based artist Monica Bonvicini. We are very proud to be the first institution in Sweden to present a solo exhibition of this internationally renowned artist.

Since the mid-1990s, Monica Bonvicini has worked on pieces that explore architecture and the built environment from a gender-perspective. Her large-scale installations and sculptures, which often use the art institution’s own architecture, aggressively address the inherent values of the western architectural tradition, revealing the ways that ideas about sexuality and gender infuse every last building block of our constructions.

Monica Bonvicini often uses industrial materials like glass, metal, and chains, and explores and redefines their meanings. A reoccurring theme in her art is the fetishistic value these materials hold, and the way the art object, especially in our culture, functions as a fetish.

The exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall features several of Monica Bonvicini’s prominent works, all reference points in the contemporary discourse on art. Her floor-piece Plastered will cover a large part of the konsthall. The ongoing work What does your wife/girlfriend think of your rough and dry hands? is exhibited in its totality, with additional questionnaires filled out in Stockholm. The exhibition also features a series of Monica Bonvicini’s later works, like the text-based large scale sculpture Not For You and one of her double swings.

Monica Bonvicini has had solo-exhibitions at established institutions around the world, like Kunstwerke in Berlin, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Wiener Seccesion in Vienna, and recently at the Sculpture Center in New York. She participates frequently in biennials all over the world, and she received the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art, one of Europe’s most prestigious art awards, in 2005. Bonvicini is represented by Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan - West of Rome Inc., Los Angeles.

A catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Monica Bonvicini