Monica Bonvicini

Galleria Emi Fontana

A square in the form of a bed is not the same as a bed in the form of a square.

It is the first of these two possibilities that Monica Bonvicini has realized in BEDTIMESQUARE, 1999. The young artist (Venetian by birth but cosmopolitan by choice, dividing her time since 1986 between Berlin and Los Angeles) adopted as her standard of measurement that of a square piece by Carl Andre. She had a wooden structure built, a sort of square basin, covered on the outside by white ceramic tiles and on the inside with tiles made of an industrial composite. In the center, she placed a green air mattress. The whole thing was usable; that is, the public could interact with it, sitting, chatting, potentially even sleeping—making it a sort of real-life “conversation piece.”

There are obviously two basic elements to this work, closely bound to each other: the square and the bed. On the one hand, therefore,

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