June 14 - July 19, 2014
Galerie Peter Kilchmann is delighted to announce that the artist Monica Bonvicini is now represented by the
gallery . Bonviciniʼ s strong contemporary position dedicated to poetical and socio-political issues fits very well in the
galleryʼ s program. On the occasion of Bonviciniʼ s participation in the upcoming exhibition "Gasträume 2014",
organized by the city of Zurich, the artist will show a small selection of works in the project room of the gallery .
As part of our opening, her new publication "Monica Bonvicini", published by Phaidon Press (2014, 160
pages, 29 x 25 cm), with an interview of Alexander Alberro and texts by Janet Kraynak, Juliane Rebentisch and
Monica Bonvicini, will be presented. On the occasion of Art Basel, Bonviciniʼ s newly created jewelry designs will be
on display in the showroom of the VIERI Haute Joaillerie in Basel, on June 19. The gallery will show her work
"Desire" (Digital print on glass, 126 x 170 cm) at Art Basel (Hall 2.1, booth J14), taking place from June 19 until
June 22. In 2015, Bonvicini will be exhibited for the first time in a large solo show at the gallery.
Since the 1990s, Monica Bonvicini has been realizing large-format – or rather monumental – sculpture. With formal
precision, she focuses on elementary questions about sensitive socio-political topics, and is approaching the
viewer with a discomforting immediacy that cannot be escaped. Her works are a mixture of beauty, desire and
intimacy, on the one hand – power, violence and manipulation, on the other hand. The installation "Not For You"
(Galvanized steel, light bulbs, 75 x 300 x 8 cm) clearly pictures the conflict potential of her work. The installation
consists of large steel letters that spell the words NOT FOR YOU, the surfaces of the letters are filled with glowing
light bulbs. The phrase "Not for you" is a relentless rejection and can be taken as an insulting gesture of social
exclusion. It makes explicit to the viewer what is implicit in galleries and museums: Art is no common property, but
rather an exclusive status symbol in a class society. At the same time, it is not only an attack on the viewer but on
the space itself. Not only in the spatially limited project room of the gallery, but also in the Städtische Galerie in the
Lehnbachhaus in Munich, where the installation was shown in a larger variation in 2009, the space was far too
small for the installation. The lettering, that reminds more of an advertisement made for large house facades, was
conceived to exceed the scope of what an exhibition space can contain. Further on display will be a selection of
works on paper, such as "I'm a Nothing" (Tempera, marker, ink, graphite on paper, 73 x 71.5 cm), "Not For You"
(Ink on paper, 38.5 x 42 cm) or "Be My Dog" (Ink on paper, 62.5 x 82.5 cm), as well as the already mentioned work
"Desire". The latter illustrates the rear view of the corresponding installation.
The giant installation "Desire" (Stainless steel, mirror polished, aluminum structure, 230 x 914 x 100 cm) will be
shown in the open-air exhibition "Gasträume 2014", at Turbinenplatz, near the gallery, from June 13 to September
15, 2014. "Gasträume", in English "Guestrooms", is a sculpture exhibition held annually at different places in the
city, organized by the city of Zurich and curated by Christoph Doswald with the support of, among others, Rein
Wolfs. The large lettering DESIRE merges visually with the city space behind it, but the letters actually mirror the
surroundings: "Bonvicini's work is not afraid to play with a certain luridness. With an autonomous statement, the
work creates a strong physical presence while at the same time reflecting and involving the urban environment.
Semantically, the installation fits perfectly in the ideological world of the artist in terms of issues such as gender,
violence, sexuality and seduction. Another central concern is the performative gesture with regards to linguistic
aspects. The expression "Desire" is not only positive in the sense of longing and craving, but also critical in the
sense of seductive advertising strategies." (Translated from the jury report Gasträume 2014).
Monica Bonvicini was born in 1965 in Venice and lives and works in Berlin for many years. Since 2003 she teaches
as a Professor for performative art and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has studied at the
Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, and the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Major solo exhibitions include
"Desire Desiese Devise" (2012) in the Deichtor Hallen in Hamburg, "BOTH ENDS" (2010) at the Kunsthalle
Fridericianum in Kassel as well as solo exhibitions in 2009 at the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Museion in
Bolzano, the Frac des Pays de la Loire in Carquefou, the Lehnbachhaus in Munich and the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Basel, just to mention a few. In the years 2011, 2009, 2005 and 1995 Bonvicini has
participated in the Venice Biennial, in 1999 as representative of the Italian Pavilion which earned her a Golden Lion
for the Best Pavilion. In 2008 she was showing at the New Orleans Biennial, and 2006 she was included in the São
Paulo Biennial and the Liverpool Biennial, to highlight only a few.