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Louise Bonnet, Robert Grosvenor et al.

The 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams (group show)
The Arsenale, Venice
23 April – 27 November 2022

Louise Bonnet, Pisser Triptych, 2021-22, installation view: The 59th International Art Exhibition, Venice, 2022, photo: Roberto Marossi, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
Louise Bonnet, Pisser Triptych, 2021-22, installation view: The 59th International Art Exhibition, Venice, 2022, photo: Roberto Marossi, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Louise Bonnet’s new large-scale painting Pisser Triptych, 2021–2022, as well as three sculptures by Robert Grosvenor from 1987–1988, 2018 and 2019, are on view as part of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams, at the Arsenale in Venice until 27 November 2022. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, this exhibition presents works by 213 artists from 58 countries.

The Milk of Dreams takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011), in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, become something or someone else. The exhibition The Milk of Dreams takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.

This exhibition is grounded in many conversations with artists held in the last few years. The questions that kept emerging from these dialogues seem to capture this moment in history when the very survival of the species is threatened, but also to sum up many other inquiries that pervade the sciences, arts, and myths of our time. How is the definition of the human changing? What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human? What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms? And what would life look like without us?

These are some of the guiding questions for this edition of the Biennale Arte, which focuses on three thematic areas in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.”

– Cecilia Alemani

La Biennale di Venezia


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Louise Bonnet

Entanglements: Louise Bonnet and Adam Silverman at Hollyhock House (duo show)
Hollyhock House, Los Angeles
15 February – 27 May 2023

Entanglements: Louise Bonnet and Adam Silverman at Hollyhock House, 2023, courtesy of the artists, photo: Joshua White / jw pictures
Entanglements: Louise Bonnet and Adam Silverman at Hollyhock House, 2023, courtesy of the artists, photo: Joshua White / jw pictures

As their first formal collaboration, Louise Bonnet and her husband, ceramicist  Adam Silverman, will take over the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, marking the first artistic intervention at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring new work in dialogue with the space, Bonnet’s paintings and drawing and Silverman’s ceramics engage the legendary house’s 100-year history as a platform for artists and experimentation. The works will be installed in Hollyhock House's public rooms where Aline Barnsdall's celebrated art collection was once on display.

‘In this exhibition, the artists explore the many forces that shaped the house’s design and long history of display, said curator Abbey Chamberlain Brach. ’With fused vessels and interwoven appendages, Silverman and Bonnet's work resonates with the entanglements between Aline Barnsdall, her architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the artists and architects who engaged with the house as the California Art Club in the early 20th century. This project puts contemporary practitioners in dialogue with the iconic site, broadening perspectives on the house’s layered history and its inspiration – 'California Romanza’ as Frank Lloyd Wright described.’

The exhibition opens to the public on 15 February 2023. 

Please note, that advance booking is required. 

Hollyhock House


Robert Grosvenor

Untitled, 2004, on view at the Sculpture & Architecture Park at Art Omi, Ghent, NY

Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2022, photo: Alon Koppel, courtesy of Art Omi
Installation view: Art Omi, Ghent, NY, 2022, photo: Alon Koppel, courtesy of Art Omi

Robert Grosvenor’s sculpture Untitled from 2004 has been reinstalled at the Sculpture & Architecture Park at Art Omi in Ghent, NY, to coincide with the institution’s reopening for their Summer Season.

Art Omi


Louise Bonnet

The Patriarchy, 2019
now part of the permanent collection of Museum Brandhorst

Image: Louise Bonnet, The Patriarchy (2019), © Louise Bonnet, photo: Joshua White / jwpictures
Image: Louise Bonnet, The Patriarchy (2019), © Louise Bonnet, photo: Joshua White / jwpictures

We are pleased to announce that Louise Bonnet's painting The Patriarchy from 2019 is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.