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corridor, 2013

plaster board, glass, metal, plastic, paint, fluorescent light

94.5 x 383.5 x 9.8 inches

installation view at australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne, 2013

wall, 2013

concrete, paint

94.5 x 104.3 x 120 inches overall

installation view at australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne, 2013

wall, 2013

concrete, paint

94.5 x 104.3 x 120 inches overall

installation view at australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne, 2013

the ruin, 2005

osb board, iron sheet, white emulsion paint, green gloss enamel paint

dimensions variable

installation view at villa manin, passariano udine, 2005

the tired room, 2005

painted mdf

installation view at sigmund freud museum, vienna, 2005

untitled, 2005

mixed media construction

installation view at opa, guadalajara, mexico, 2005

untitled, 2005

mixed media construction

installation view at opa, guadalajara, mexico, 2005

untitled, 2006

steel and enamel paint

94.5 x 98.4 x 102.4 inches

installation view at sprengel museum, hannover, 2006

untitled, 2006

steel and enamel paint

94.5 x 98.4 x 102.4 inches

installation view at sprengel museum, hannover, 2006

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

1:1, 2007

steel

275.5 x 551.1 x 236.2 inches approx.

installation view at the at the 52nd venice bienniale, 2007

1:1, 2007

steel

275.5 x 551.1 x 236.2 inches approx.

installation view at the at the 52nd venice bienniale, 2007

concrete ball, 2008

concrete and rebar

86.6 inches diameter

stairway, 2010

metal, pvc handrail

222.4 x 98.4 inches

installation view at capitain petzel, berlin, 2014

stairway, 2010

metal, pvc handrail

222.4 x 98.4 inches

installation view at capitain petzel, berlin, 2014

the ladder (from "the fire escape"), 2010

enamel and steel

76 x 85 x 44 inches

the ladder (from "the fire escape"), 2010

enamel and steel

101 x 66 x 50 inches

the deck (from “the fire escape”), 2010

enamel and steel

79 x 51 x 58 inches

burglarproof, 2011

painted steel

66.93 x 31.5 x 33.46 inches

the fire escape, 2011

enamel and steel

236.22 x 157.48 x 157.48 inches

the fence 2, 2011

painted rebar

91.34 x 100.79 x 74.8 inches

the fence 2, 2011

painted rebar

91.34 x 100.79 x 74.8 inches

the flower rack, 2011

painted steel, concrete, rebar

66.93 x 78.74 x 75.59 inches

the balustrade, 2011

painted wood

220. 47 x 129.13 x 2.95 inches installed

the stairs, 2011

painted steel

140.94 x 181.1 x 98.43 inches

the pipes, 2011

painted steel

53.74 x 36.42 x 41.34 inches

the fence 1, 2011

painted rebar

66.14 x 164.96 x 102.36 inches

the seedlings, 2011

rubber, concrete, rebar, plastic

dimensions variable

window, 2013

painted steel

63 x 122 x 106.3 inches

installation view at aspen art museum, aspen, 2013

stairs, 2013

painted steel

124.4 x 268 x 19.7 inches

installation view at aspen art museum, aspen, 2013

installation view of monika sosnowska, the contemporary art gallery, vancouver, 2013

the gate, 2010

painted metal, concrete

78.7 x 27.55 x 19.69 inches

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corridor, 2013

plaster board, glass, metal, plastic, paint, fluorescent light

94.5 x 383.5 x 9.8 inches

installation view at australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne, 2013

image

wall, 2013

concrete, paint

94.5 x 104.3 x 120 inches overall

installation view at australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne, 2013

image

wall, 2013

concrete, paint

94.5 x 104.3 x 120 inches overall

installation view at australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne, 2013

image

the ruin, 2005

osb board, iron sheet, white emulsion paint, green gloss enamel paint

dimensions variable

installation view at villa manin, passariano udine, 2005

image

the tired room, 2005

painted mdf

installation view at sigmund freud museum, vienna, 2005

image

untitled, 2005

mixed media construction

installation view at opa, guadalajara, mexico, 2005

image

untitled, 2005

mixed media construction

installation view at opa, guadalajara, mexico, 2005

image

untitled, 2006

steel and enamel paint

94.5 x 98.4 x 102.4 inches

installation view at sprengel museum, hannover, 2006

image

untitled, 2006

steel and enamel paint

94.5 x 98.4 x 102.4 inches

installation view at sprengel museum, hannover, 2006

image

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

image

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

image

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

image

rubble, 2006-2008

wood and emulsion paint

dimensions variable

image

1:1, 2007

steel

275.5 x 551.1 x 236.2 inches approx.

installation view at the at the 52nd venice bienniale, 2007

image

1:1, 2007

steel

275.5 x 551.1 x 236.2 inches approx.

installation view at the at the 52nd venice bienniale, 2007

image

concrete ball, 2008

concrete and rebar

86.6 inches diameter

image

stairway, 2010

metal, pvc handrail

222.4 x 98.4 inches

installation view at capitain petzel, berlin, 2014

image

stairway, 2010

metal, pvc handrail

222.4 x 98.4 inches

installation view at capitain petzel, berlin, 2014

image

the ladder (from "the fire escape"), 2010

enamel and steel

76 x 85 x 44 inches

image

the ladder (from "the fire escape"), 2010

enamel and steel

101 x 66 x 50 inches

image

the deck (from “the fire escape”), 2010

enamel and steel

79 x 51 x 58 inches

image

burglarproof, 2011

painted steel

66.93 x 31.5 x 33.46 inches

image

the fire escape, 2011

enamel and steel

236.22 x 157.48 x 157.48 inches

image

the fence 2, 2011

painted rebar

91.34 x 100.79 x 74.8 inches

image

the fence 2, 2011

painted rebar

91.34 x 100.79 x 74.8 inches

image

the flower rack, 2011

painted steel, concrete, rebar

66.93 x 78.74 x 75.59 inches

image

the balustrade, 2011

painted wood

220. 47 x 129.13 x 2.95 inches installed

image

the stairs, 2011

painted steel

140.94 x 181.1 x 98.43 inches

image

the pipes, 2011

painted steel

53.74 x 36.42 x 41.34 inches

image

the fence 1, 2011

painted rebar

66.14 x 164.96 x 102.36 inches

image

the seedlings, 2011

rubber, concrete, rebar, plastic

dimensions variable

image

window, 2013

painted steel

63 x 122 x 106.3 inches

installation view at aspen art museum, aspen, 2013

image

stairs, 2013

painted steel

124.4 x 268 x 19.7 inches

installation view at aspen art museum, aspen, 2013

image

installation view of monika sosnowska, the contemporary art gallery, vancouver, 2013

image

the gate, 2010

painted metal, concrete

78.7 x 27.55 x 19.69 inches

Monika Sosnowska

* 1972, Ryki, Poland

 

Monika Sosnowska, best known for her enormous skeletal architectural forms, exploits the engineering gifts of these elements and the imperceptible grace of their designs. Her sculptures of mutilated building elements are not creative approximations of architecture; they are fabricated building elements distorted and reassembled. Sosnowska’s structures crumple like paper, bend, and contort to the demands of historical time and the force of an ideological gravity. The artist shows her ability to sublimate the traces of destruction, like an urban archeologist seeking pages of history. Structures of support are malleable and flimsy when removed from their context: ungrounded, unhinged, they become purposeless. Intended to enclose, protect, and assist us, they are the most telling when they fail. A broken step doesn’t go unnoticed. But something animates these truncated forms; something ghostly resonates from the cold industrial material. Reminiscent of something familiar, something known, but not in reality: only in memory —or constructed out of it. Sosnowska explores the shift in viewers' understanding of a work: the moment when reality gives way to another space, psychic or historical.


Monika Sosnowska studied at the University of the Arts Poznan (UAP) in Poland. In 1998 she completed her postgraduate studies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2003, she was  awarded the Baloise Art Prize and Paszport Polityki in visual arts. She was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012. She has participated in artistic residencies at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France (2014) and S-AIR in Sapporo, Japan (2002).


Her most important solo exhibitions include: Monika Sosnowska, Muzeum Susch, Engadin, Switzerland (2017); Habitat, The Contemporary Austin, United States (2016); Architectonisation, Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2015); Monika Sosnowska. Ginza Maison Hermès, Tokyo (2015); Monika Sosnowska. Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2014); Regional Modernities, Australian Center for Contemporary Art ACCA, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Project Gallery: Monika Sosnowska, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), United States (2013); Monika Sosnowska: Fir Tree, commissioned by Public Art Fund for the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Central Park, New York (2012); The Fire Escape. Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2011); The Stairway, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010); Monika Sosnowska, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (2008); Projects 83: Monika Sosnowska, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006), among others.


Her work has also been included in group exhibitions such as: Experience Traps, Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium (2018); Living Cities, Tate Modern, London (2017); La memoria finalmente. Arte in Polonia: 1989-2016, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy (2016); Ten Rooms, Three Loggias and a Hall, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany (2105); Buildering: Misbehaving the City,  Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2013) and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, United States (2014); El ojo en el tiempo, obras de la Colección Adrastus, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2014); New Sculpture,  Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland (2012); Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, MCA- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, United States (2012); elles@centrepompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010); STAY FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER, South London Gallery (2007), among others.


Sosnowska represented Poland at the 52th Venice Biennial in 2007; She has also participated in other biennials such as: Glasgow International 2016 and 2018, Scotland; 2017 Canadian Biennial; Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj, United Arab Emirates (2017); 9th Shanghai Biennale, China (2012), and 54th Venice Biennial (2011).


Monika Sosnowska lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.