‘I DO YOU’. Neue Nationalgalerie between anarchy and feminism

by Web Staff

Compasses Magazine

From the very ambiguity of the title, Berlin-based artist Monica Bonvicini sets in motion those questioning mechanisms that pervade the entire exhibition: I DO YOU.

To whom is this imperative addressed? To space? To the institution? Who is the obscure object of desire?

‘I do you’ is the site-specific exhibition (25 November 2022 – 30 April 2023) by means of which artist Bonvicini elaborates new reflections on a topic close to her heart: the relationship between gender issues and architecture, giving a feminist voice to the Neue Nationalgalerie.

The iconic architecture designed by Mies van der Rohe and inaugurated shortly before the great architect’s death (1968), the heart of the Kulturforum, changes its face. The Berlin artist transforms it to give another image to the pavilion, thus giving another chance to this icon of 20th century architecture, recently restored.

The modernist features are distorted by the artistic gesture: transparency is erased by site-specific installations in the hall space.
The precise, proportioned design, marked by a punctual and harmonious rhythm of the façade is broken by the large mirror panel announcing the exhibition.
The interior space is altered by the artist’s related works created in the 1990s.
In the podium area, the sound installation Retrospective pervades the space.
Sculptural, light, film and sound work echo a feminist and provocative discourse that has been central to the artist’s themes for years.

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