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b. 1965, Venice, Italy
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Best known for large-scale sculptural installations that are often site-specific, Monica Bonvicini incorporates elements of architecture, performance, photography, video, painting and collage in her work. Using dry and direct humor, she confronts issues of subjectivity, power, barriers, control and institutional critique. Bonvicini’s art establishes a critical connection within the space where it is exhibited, the materials that define it, and the roles of spectator and creator.

Bonvicini was born in Venice, Italy in 1965 and currently lives and works in Berlin. She holds degrees from the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (now known as the Universität der Künste) and from the California Institute of the Arts. 

Since 2003, Bonvicini has held a position as Professor for Performative Arts and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. And, as of October 2017, she assumed the professorship for sculpture at the Universität der Künste, Berlin.

Bonvicini’s work has been featured in many prominent biennials, including the Berlin Biennale (1998; 2004; 2014); the Busan Biennale (2020); Gwangju Biennale (2006); the Istanbul Biennale (2003; 2017); La TriennaIe, Paris (2012); and the Venice Biennale (1999; 2005; 2011; 2015).

She has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld (2020); Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna (2019); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2017); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2016/17); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz (2013); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg (2012); Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malága, Malága (2011); the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2011); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2009); Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel (2009); Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2003); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002). Bonvicini also received the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and she was appointed Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2012. Most recently, Monica Bonvicini was the winner of the 2020 Oskar Kokoschka Prize in Vienna, Austria.