Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York), in collaboration with Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), König Galerie (Berlin) and Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), is pleased to announce a simultaneous online exhibition of works by Monica Bonvicini to be featured on each of the four galleries’ respective websites.
The four concurrent online presentations will showcase different groupings of work from Bonvicini’s current solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Lover’s Material (which is on view through February 21, 2021). The exhibition’s title is taken from Franz Schulze’s biography on the architect Philip Johnson, who designed the Kunsthalle’s building in 1968 and whose relationship with Jon Stroup, a longtime companion, is described therein as “unfailingly affectionate, comfortably passive, and forever appreciative of his lover’s material generosity.”
Bonvicini’s work often directly addresses the spaces in which they are displayed and her decision to reference the asymmetric relationship of the building’s celebrated architect with his lesser-known lover underscores the exhibition’s focus on the ways in which discrepancies in power are manifested through language, architecture and mass media. As exemplified in the works shown below, there is, in Bonvicini’s practice, an emphasis on exposing the impossibility of neutral space; of neutral language.
The space of the museum – especially one designed by a famous architect – actively subordinates its occupants as well as the contents therein to a predetermined context and value system. But, as Bonvicini shows, language is also a kind of biased architectural space – a syntactical construction that often frames its speaker by gender, race and class. Bonvicini’s work attempts to disrupt these constructions through both literal and visual means. Walls are broken, sightlines obscured or brought into glaring focus, and language is made, in the artist's words, "to tremble."