Desire Desiese Devise - Drawings
»Desire Desiese Devise – Drawings« is the first anthological presentation of the comprehensive production of drawings, collage- and text works in the Italian artist’s oeuvre. They are being shown by the Falckenberg Collection of Deichtorhallen in Harburg, nr. Hamburg in cooperation with the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach. Born in 1965 in Venice and now living in Berlin, Monica Bonvicini has since the mid 1980s produced an immense volume of drawings. Specifically, these are sketches, plans and concepts that resulted in her world famous sculptural, installation and film-based works but also graphic series, which form an independent part of her work, and are acknowledged as such for the first time.
Known for her expansive and often provocative installations, works for public space, sculptures and video works, Monica Bonvicini is one of the most internationally significant artists of her generation, and her exploration of the medium of drawing is fascinating. Her output here ranges from delicate sketches and designs on paper (of which several were realized as sculptures or installations) through various types of text pieces and collages and illustrative, comic-like motifs to large-format drawings. The exhibition demonstrates the process-like aspect in the oeuvre of the artist, who studied painting 1986 to 1993 at the Academy of the Arts (HdK/UdK) Berlin and the California Institute of the Arts. The scope of drawings in the exhibition extends from transient and ephemeral gesture through to aggressive act – with both aspects not only occurring simultaneously but also having equal value. The large-format, black-white tempera works, the hard expressiveness of the mediu m drawing stand out here but equally the sensitive and humorous in many sketches not shown previously.
For many of her installations and sculptures Bonvicini produced design drawings, detailed drawings and notes in which the development of her works and the artist’s ideas on space and location but also the (gender-)political conditions emerge. Series of collages that likewise evolved as preparation for installations permit an intimate insight into her analysis of the social balance of power, as it is manifested in architecture, language, sexuality and fetishism. Her eclectic interests are reflected in the various media, styles and materials: image- and text citations from advertising, the history of art and architecture and theory, music and poetry become interwoven in a virtuosity that can be located between elegance and punk.
Aside from a selection of large-format works such as the series of »Hurricanes and other Catastrophes«, the »Places of IDs« and the »Spray Drawings« the exhibition also shows »Kill your Father«, a 63-part block of drawings in red tempera and felt pen with quotes, slogans and stylized representations of knotted chains, which confronts visitors like a grid frame. Moreover, for the first time a group of drawings on tracing paper will be presented, which was produced as preparation for her contribution to the 54th International Biennial in Venice (2011) »15 Steps to the Virgin«, plus various series of paper works from almost 25 years of artistic activity.
The Falckenberg Collection is located at the Phoenix-Fabrikhallen in Hamburg-Harburg. The exhibitions can be visited either during the previews or as part of a guided tour. Special guided tours for groups can be arranged for any day. To register and for further details, please visit www.sammlung-falckenberg.de/besuch Email: email@example.com Phone: +49 040-32506762
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Opening September 7, 2012 at 7 pm. Monica Bonvicini will be present
Deichtorstrasse 1-2 - Hamburg
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 6 pm, every first thursday of the month 11 am – 9 pm (except on holidays).
Admission: Regular: 9 Euro
Reduction*: 6 Euro