Monica Bonvicini

Monica Bonvicini (b.1965, Venice) is a truly international artist, whose work addresses the history of art and architecture, and their physical and psychological relationship with the viewer

Survey by Janet Kraynak, Interview by Alexander Alberro, Focus by Juliane Rebentisch, Artist's Writings by Monica Bonvicini


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Architecture, power, space, gender, surveillance and authority are the issues that have animated Monica Bonvicini's work for the past two decades. Her installations, sculptures, drawings, and films often rise questions about how the built environment shapes, conditions, and controls viewers as subjects and, in the process, dictates our phenomenological, sexual, and psycho-social relationship to space. The book provides an overview of Bonvicini's artistic production reconsidering her past work, tracing its current trajectories, and creating a geography that charts the terrain of the artist's attempts to embody and negotiate the very same architecture of history it challenges.

Italian-born, Berlin-based Bonvicini won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (2001), the Kunst Preis in Berlin (2005) and the Roland Preis in Bremen (2012). Her work has been featured in the most prominent biennials, including Venice (2001, 2005 and 2011), Istanbul (2004), Gwangju (2006), New Orleans (2008) and Berlin (2003). Institutions where she had solo exhibitions include the the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), the Kunstmuseum Basel (2009), the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (2011), CAC Malaga (2011), and the Hamburger Deichtorhallen (2012).


Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 160 pp
Illustrations: 200 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714867052

Janet Kraynak is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at the New School in New York, where she holds a joint appointment in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, and the Visual Studies program, Department of Arts, Eugene Lang College. Kraynak’s writings have appeared in Art Journal, Grey Room, Artforum, Frieze, and The Journal of Visual Culture among other publications. She is the author of Nauman Reiterated (Electronic Mediations series, University of Minnesota, 2014), and the editor of Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman’s Words: Writings and Interviews (MIT, 2003).

Alexander Alberro is Virginia Bloedel Wright ‘51 Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University as well as a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity (2000), and has edited a number of books on contemporary art, including Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (MIT, 1999), Recording Conceptual Art (University of California, 2001) and The Ruin of Exchange (JRP/Ringier, 2012).

Juliane Rebentisch is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the University of Arts and Design in Offenbach/Main and associated member of the Frankfurt Institute of Social Research. Her main research areas are aesthetics, ethics and political philosophy. Rebentisch’s publications include Kreation und Depression: Freiheit im gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus (co-edited with Christoph Menke, Kadmos, 2010), Die Kunst der Freiheit: Zur Dialektik demokratischer Existenz (Suhrkamp, 2012), Aesthetics of Installation Art (Sternberg, 2012) and Theorien der Gegenwartskunst zur Einführung (Junius, 2013).

Monica Bonvicini (Venice, 1965) is a Berlin-based, award-winning, multimedia artist whose work questions issues such as architecture, power and gender by setting a dynamic and often critical relationship with the artistic form.

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