monica bonvicini at venice art biennale 2011
monica bonvicini at venice art biennale 2011 monica bonvicini at venice art biennale 2011
jun 10, 2011

monica bonvicini at venice art biennale 2011

works by monica bonvicini in ‘illuminations’ at venice art biennale 2011 image © designboom

‘illuminations,’ the international curated exhibition of the venice art biennale 2011, features four works by venice native monica bonvicini. participating in her third biennale, the artist has created a piece specifically for this exhibition titled, ’15 steps to the virgin.’  a series of three mixed-media sculptures, the artwork is based on the paintings of tintoretto that curator bice curiger chose as thematic cornerstone.

‘I did a large installation that draws on certain stairways painted by the venetian artist,’ the artist explains, ‘the idea was to create a sort of stage with a powerful perspective twisted by a kind of ‘sea storm’ of stairways.’

’15 steps to the virgin’ by monica bonvicini image © designboom

’15 steps to the virgin’ alternate stairway image © designboom

’15 steps to the virgin’ installation view image © designboom

’15 steps to the virgin’ stairway detail image © designboom

’15 steps to the virgin’ alternate stairway detail image © designboom

’15 steps to the virgin’ installation view image © designboom

the exhibition also featured two incarnations of bonvicini’s light work, ‘blind protection.’ suspended from the ceiling, both the works are made up of a bundle of fluorescent lights surrounding a transparent PVC tube, emitting a bright light from which briefly blinds the viewer.

‘blind protection’ by monica bonvicini image © designboom

‘blind protection’ detail image © designboom

‘pink curtain’ by monica bonvicini image © designboom

the last work, ‘pink curtain,’ features an oversized fabric panel covering one of the large space’s wall. with a design of paperclips and safety pins, the work renders an abstract gridded pattern that loosely resembling a chain-link fence.

‘pink curtain’ detail image © designboom

interview with artist monica bonvicini image © designboom

monica bonvicini elaborates on her exhibition
unfortunately this video is available in italian language only
video © biennale channel

the 54th international art exhibition in venice, italy, runs until november 27, 2011.

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