07. September – 18. November 2012

The Falckenberg Collection presents under the title “Desire Desiese Devise” and in cooperation with the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach the first anthological exhibition of Monica Bonvicini’s prolific production of drawings, collage and textual work, a discrete body of work within her oeuvre.

Monica Bonvicini, renowned for striking installations, works for public space, sculpture and video productions, ranks among the outstanding artists of her generation. Her preoccupation with the graphic medium is hence a most fascinating endeavour. It encompasses illustrative, cartoon-like motifs, a heterogeneous range of textual work and collages, and a great number of filigree sketches and constructions on paper, many of which have morphed into sculpture or installation while many others – because merely a fleeting notion – have been jettisoned. The exhibition showcases the incessant evolution of the work of Bonvicini, who initially spent several years studying painting at Berlin University of the Arts.The drawings range in expression from ‘ephemeral’ to ‘muscley’ – yet are contemporaneous and on a par. The ‘gripping’ and ‘violent’ aspects of her large format monochrome works in tempera, the resilient expressiveness of the graphic medium itself are as much in evidence asare an engaging sense of humour and sensitivity in these sketches, some of which have never before been shown.

Bonvicini’s preliminary work for installations often comprises detailed sketches and rough notes, in which her image of the project’s development, its proposed location, the exhibition space and potential interaction with the public are all palpably present. At other times, series of collage works offer an intimate insight into the themes explored later in installations: architecture, sexuality and fetishism, inter alia.Bonvicini’s eclectic interests are reflected in her choice of diverse styles and materials: quotations from advertising, from the history of art and architecture, and from music and poetry are interwoven with virtuosity,between the poles of elegance and punk.

Alongside a selection of large-format works such as the series ‘Hurricanes and other Catastrophes’, ‘Places of IDs’ and ‘Spray Drawings’, the exhibition includes ‘Kill your Father’, a 63-part block of drawings – in red tempera and felt pen, with quotations, catchphrases and stylised depictions of knotted chains – which the viewer encounters as a compelling ‘cluster’. The premiere presentation of a group of drawings on transparent paper, created by the artist in preparation for ‘15 Steps To The Virgin’, her contribution to the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), is a further highlight, shown in conjunction with other highly diverse series of works on paper, the outcome of an artistic career spanning almost twenty-five years.

Monica Bonvicini has designed her own exhibition architecture for this occasion, in cooperation with the Museum Abteiberg. Wall elements were installed so as to create cabinets within the open-plan exhibition space, a progression of open and closed structures that underscores the particular character of each work series. Altogether, the exhibition encompasses over 300 works.