February 04, 2013

STAIRWAY TO HELL BY MONICA BONVICINI AT ISTANBUL MODERN MUSEUM


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MONICA BONVICINI - 1965
Stairway to Hell, 2003
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MONICA BONVICINI - 1965
Stairway to Hell, 2003
Steel structure, chains, broken safety glass, spot lights
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İstanbul Modern Collection
AMonica Bonvicini works in Berlin and Los Angeles. Her work, Stairway to Hell, was installed during the 8th International İstanbul Biennial in 2003, before İstanbul Modern was opened. The laminated glass walls of the stairway with their galvanized iron chains look as if they have been shattered by gunfire. Bonvincini’s destructive renewal of Modernist architecture has been called “radical feminist vandalism”. She contends that a history of oppression lurks behind the flawless facades of many Modernist buildings and opposes the depersonalizing identification of women with objects. However, this work is more than a simple rejection of Modernist authoritarianism. Almost paradoxically, the work is closely associated with Bonvicini’s interest in the surfaces and qualities of Modernist architecture. It’s possible to say that she is inspired and perhaps even entranced by the style. Ultimately, her fractured glass surfaces and web-like structures are intriguing and their aggressiveness is certainly contained within the logic of Modernism.

http://www.artforworldexpo.com/InitialProject/works_23_MonicaBonvicini.html
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