Monika 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’s recent work – predominantly large-scale clay sculptures produced in thematically and aesthetically distinct series – engages with the implications of contemporary love, desire and longing. In a society in which capitalism has created emotional precarity, where narcissism and self-marketing, non-commitment and Xanax are the toolbox for intimate encounters with others, Grabuschnigg’s intensely physical works treat love as a philosophically and culturally vital topic. Wrestling with its always multiple, layered narratives, her sculptures seek to incarnate love, to reveal how it informs and is informed by everything from political systems to social relations.

In 2016 she received the most promising 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.

Grabuschnigg lives and works in Berlin and is represented by Carbon 12.


2011                 Degree Magistra Artium (M.A.), 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 (exchange studies)

2008 - 2009   Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem, IL  (exchange studies)

Forthcoming / Ongoing

2018, Berlin Art Prize Nominees exhibition, The Shelf, Berlin, DE. (30 August - 29 September 2018)

2018, OPEN MODE, Paradiso, Berlin, DE. (5 October - 12 October 2018)

Solo Exhibitions

2018, What Satisfaction Could You Possibly Have. Carbon12, Dubai, UAE.

2015, Rest, you restless guardians, Cosmos Gallery. Bilbao, ES

2014, Warporn, IN:SURGO., Berlin, DE

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018, A Strong Desire, PS120, Berlin, DE.

2018, The 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 at Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, DE

2018, Inside Töpfern, Municipal Gallery Lichtenberg, Berlin, DE

2017, Vienna Contemporary, Carbon12, Vienna, AT

2017, NADA New York, Carbon 12, New York, USA

2017, Art Dubai, Carbon 12, Dubai, UAE

2017, Auf Einladung, Artist House Villa Claudia, Feldkirch, AT

2016, Bilbao-Bregenz, Bildraum Bodensee, Bregenz, AT

2016, Visceral Silence, Carbon 12, Dubai, UAE

2016, Vienna Contemporary, Carbon12, Vienna, AT

2016, Flight suit, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL

2016, Eau&Gaz Artist in Residence Exhibition, Lanserhaus Eppan, Eppan, IT

2016, UNEARTHED, Rockelmann Gallery, Berlin, DE

2015, Artist in Residence Exhibition, BilbaoArte Foundation. Bilbao, ES.

2014, Revealing the concealed, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL

2012, Montag ist erst übermorgen - Young Art on Paper. Acquisitions of the Graphic Collection 1997-2012.
          Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. AT

2010,  ...and the travel goes on, Gallery Schillerplatz, Vienna, AT

2006,  walking doubting rollin shining and musing, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. AT


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

Residencies and Awards

2017, SoART artist in residence, Milltstätter See in Kärnten, AT.
          Transport funded by the Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, AT

2016, Awardee, most promising young artist award. Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, AT

2016, Va Independent Space for Contemporary Art in Isfahan, Iran. Funded by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Teheran,
          the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Federal State Government of Vorarlberg in Austria.

2016, Transport 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, Travel & 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

Collaborations and Talks

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, Germany.

2015, Ehevuni - Love me Catalog, Collaboration with Shony Rivnay, single edition, Tel Aviv, IL

2011, Internship MemScreen research project with Ritesinstitute, Vienna.
         Material research and assistance for documentary film “The Phantom of Memory” in Jerusalem, Israel.

2016, Public discussion and tour with Kirsten Helfrich (education department KUB)
          to Wael Shawky’s solo exhibition at KUB museum in Bregenz, AT.


2015, Literatur Vorarlberg special edition "Visuelle Poesie“, published by Günter Vallaster und Erika Kronabitter.

2013,  BilbaoArte 2013, Artist in Residence catalog, published by BilbaoArte

2006, walking doubting rollin shining and musing, exhibition catalog, publishd by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

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