Monica Bonvicini

1965 · Italy

Artist biography

Monica Bonvicini is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in Italy. Monica Bonvicini was born in 1965. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Maurizio Cattelan and Grazia Toderi.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Monica Bonvicini's work, including galleries in countries such as France, Norway, and the United States. Galleries include GDM | Paris in France, Galleria Massimo Minini in Italy, as well as Gerhardsen Gerner | Oslo in Norway. Monica Bonvicini's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition ARCO Madrid at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition was open from 26 February 2020 until 01 March 2020. Monica Bonvicini's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; The Armory Show (04 March 2020 - 08 March 2020) at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna and the Oskar Kokoscha Prize (21 February 2020 - 27 March 2020) at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly sumptuous in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural growth and distinctiveness of the country. Italy represents the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, translating to 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major flowering of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, Italy was tormented by the fascism of Mussolini but has nonetheless endured as a vital centre for artistic expression, spawning movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Important Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Monica Bonvicini

Monica Bonvicini was born in 1965 and was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Monica Bonvicini

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