Monica Bonvicini (born 1965 Venice) is an Italian artist who lives in Berlin since 1986. She works intermediately with installation, sculpture, video, photography and drawing mediums.
Besides creating magnificent artworks, Bonvicini is also sharing her knowledge as a professor at universities since the late 90s. Her academic career started as a guest professor at the ArtCenter College of Design, after which she taught as Professor of Sculpture and Performance Art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. Since 2017, she has been the Professor of Sculpture at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Bonvicini’s versatile practice – which investigates the relationship between architecture, power, gender, space, surveillance and control – is translated into works that question the meaning of making art, the ambiguity of language, and the limits and possibilities attached to the ideal of freedom. Dry-humored, direct, and imbued with historical, political and social references, Bonvicini’s art never refrains from establishing a critical connection with the sites where it is exhibited, the materials that comprise it, and the roles of spectator and creator. This approach, which has been at the core of her practice since her first solo exhibition at the California Institute of the Arts in 1991, has formally evolved over the years without loosing its analytical force and inclination to challenge the viewer’s perspective while indicating concernment about socio-cultural conventions.
Three of Bonvicini’s most prominent installations can be found: at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in London, the harbour at the Oslo Opera House, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and on the facade of the Weserburg in Bremen.
Bonvicini has received several awards, including the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia (1999); the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2005); and the Rolandpreis für Kunst for art in the public from the Foundation Bremen, Germany (2013).
Bonvicini’s work has been featured in several bienniales, including Berlin (1998, 2003, 2014), La TriennaIe Paris (2012), Istanbul (2003), Gwangju (2006), New Orleans (2008), and Venice (1999, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2015). Some of her solo exhibitions include: the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2002); Modern Art Oxford, England (2003); Secession, Vienna (2003); Staedtisches Museum Abteiberg (2005, 2012); Sculpture Center (2007); the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), the Kunstmuseum Basel (2009), Frac des Pays de la Loire (2009), the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (2011), Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malága, Spain (2011), and the Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2012), Kunsthalle Mainz (2013), BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art (2016/17).