b. 1987, Austria
Berlin based sculptor and mixed media artist, represented by Carbon 12.
BIOMonika Grabuschnigg (b. 1987, Austria) completed her M.A. in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and studied as an exchange student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and in Santiago at the Universidad Católica de Chile.
Grabuschnigg focuses in her artistic practice on the feeling of acceleration in an increasingly augmented, anxiety-inducing and commercialized alienating environment. Her work investigates, fragments, and reassembles cultural phenomenons: (technological) symbols are distorted and reconstructed into new narratives, the evidence of searching for an epistemology in a contemporary world in which our physical desires and guiding beliefs are directed and dictated by malign algorithms.
The primary source of Grabuschnigg’s art practice is clay, a natural resource that is ecological and recyclable. Not only is she incorporating this environmental aspect into her work but also consciously uses the tactility that this material transfers; precisely because her works deal with the dialectics of analog and virtual realities. The materiality of clay as a contradiction to a digital age, which is dedicated to the smooth and perfect
In 2018 Grabuschnigg was an awardee of the Berlin Art Prize and in 2016 she received the young artist award from the Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria. Her works have been collected in the State Museum Vorarlberg, the Federal Artothek in Vienna, and the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Fantasy electrifies my hand’, REITER Galleries, Leipzig, 2019; ‘Nightshades’, Polansky Gallery, Brno, 2019; ‘What satisfaction could you possibly have’, Carbon 12, Dubai, 2018; ‘A strong desire’, PS120, Berlin, 2018; ‘Haptic House’, Horse and Pony Fine Arts Berlin, 2018.
2011 Degree Magistra Artium (MA), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AT
2005 -2011 Fine Arts Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AT
2010 - 2011 Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, CL
2008- 2009 Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, IL
Current / upcoming2019 Nightshades, group exhibition, Polansky Gallery, Czech Republic. (March)
2019 Studioraum 45 cbm, Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany. Solo. (Mai)
2019 Queens Collective, Artist in Residency. Marrakesch, Marokko. (Mai-Juni)
2019 Pina, Gruppenausstellung, Projektraum in Wien, Austria. (summer 2018)
Solo exhibitions2019 Fantasy electrifies my hand, REITER Galerie, Leipzig, Germany. (January - March)
2018 What Satisfaction Could You Possibly Have, Carbon12, Dubai, UAE.
2015 Rest, you restless guardians, Cosmos Gallery. Bilbao, ES
Group shows 2019 Texte sind die wichtigste Nebensache in einer Ausstellung, group exhibition, Schau Fenster, Berlin, DE
2018 Berlin Art Prize Nominees exhibition, The Shelf, Berlin, DE
2018 A Strong Desire, PS120, Berlin, DE
2018 Haptic House, Horse and Pony Fine Arts, Berlin, DE
2018 Public sculpture, mountain art trail, Muttersberg in Vorarlberg, AT. EU- Leader Project
2018 NGORONGORO II, Group show during Berlin gallery weekend
2018 Inside Töpfern, Municipal Gallery Lichtenberg, Berlin, DE
2017 Auf Einladung, Artist House Villa Claudia, Feldkirch, AT
2016 Visceral Silence, Carbon 12, Dubai, UAE
2016 Flight suit, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL
2014 Revealing the concealed, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL
2018 State museum Vorarlberg, AT
2014 State museum Vorarlberg, AT
2012 The Federal Artothek, Austrian Government Art Collection, Vienna, AT
2011 The Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, AT
2018 Awardee Berlin Art Prize, 2018, DE
2016 Awardee young artist award, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, AT
RESIDENCIES & GRANTS
2017 SoART artist in residence, Millstätter See in Kärnten, AT
Additional funding by the Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, AT
2016 Va Independent Space for Contemporary Art in Isfahan, Iran. Funded by the Austrian Cultural
Forum in Berlin and Tehran, the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Federal State Government of Vorarlberg in Austria
2016 Funding for Flight Suit at Alfred Gallery in Tel Aviv Funded by the Federal State Government of
Vorarlberg in Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tel Aviv, Israel.
2015 Artist Residency, Bilbao Arte Foundation, Bilbao, ES
2015 Studio grant for two years, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, AT
2014 Project grant, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, AT
2013 Artist in Residence Exchange at BilbaoArte Foundation, Bilbao, ES Funded by the Federal State
Government of Vorarlberg in Austria
2005 Scholarship, International Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Salzburg, AT
2018 NADA Miami, Carbon 12, Miami, USA.
2017 Vienna Contemporary, Carbon 12, Vienna, AT
2017 NADA New York, Carbon 12, New York, USA
2017 Art Dubai, Carbon 12, Dubai, UAE
2016 Vienna Contemporary, Carbon12, Vienna, AT
COLLABORATIONS & TALKS
2016 Public discussion and tour with Kirsten Helfrich (education department KUB)
to Wael Shawky’s solo exhibition at KUB museum in Bregenz, AT.
2015 We know what‘s hot where and when, Set design theatre play. Directed and written by Amit Jacobi.
Ufer-studios for contemporary dance, Berlin, DE
2015 Ehevuni - Love me Catalog, Collaboration with Shony Rivnay, single edition, Tel Aviv, IL
2011 Internship MemScreen research project with Ritesinstitute, Vienna.
2018 Numéro Homme Berlin, Fall - Winter 2018, Artists to Watch (print)
2018 Gewinner des fünften Berlin Art Prize stehen fest - Monopol Magazin
2018 Monika Grabuschnigg Wins Berlin Art Prize - Blouin Artinfo
2018 These 20 Female Artists Are Pushing Sculpture Forward - Artsy
2018 Shakespeare, Shelley and Cyberspace - Alserkal Avanue review
2018 Interview published by Elephant Magazine