b. 1987, Austria

Berlin based sculptor and mixed media artist, represented by Carbon 12.


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.



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 / upcoming

2019     Fantasy electrifies my hand, REITER Galerie, Leipzig, Germany. (January - March)
2019     Texte sind die wichtigste Nebensache in einer Ausstellung, group exhibition, Schau Fenster, Berlin, DE
2019     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 exhibitions

2018     What Satisfaction Could You Possibly Have, Carbon12, Dubai, UAE.
2015     Rest, you restless guardians, Cosmos Gallery. Bilbao, ES

Group shows 

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

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

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

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