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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


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Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer et al.

Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths (group show)
Aïsthi Foundation, Beirut
October 2022 – end date TBC

Louise Bonnet, In Bed, 2018, Photo: Lee Tyler Thompson
Louise Bonnet, In Bed, 2018, Photo: Lee Tyler Thompson

Works by Louise Bonnet and Celeste Dupuy-Spencer are on view at the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, in Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths. The exhibition assembles the work of over one hundred artists from the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection, presenting recent acquisitions that question the meanings and functions of figuration in contemporary art. As the very definitions of truth have dramatically eroded in the past few years, many contemporary artists have proceeded to analyse, interrogate, and deconstruct the notion of realism, particularly in the field of painting. Bringing together work from an emerging group of artists and their established predecessors, this exhibition subverts conventional notions of beauty, taste, and propriety, depicting a new humanity that is simultaneously monstrous and angelical, carnal and ethereal. 

Aïshti Foundation


Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer et al.

Women Painting Women (group show)
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
15 May – 25 September 2022

Installation view: Women Painting Women, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2022. Photograph by Kevin Todora. Courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Work
Installation view: Women Painting Women, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2022. Photograph by Kevin Todora. Courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Work

Works by Louise Bonnet and Celeste Dupuy-Spencer are included in the group exhibition Women Painting Women, which will be on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from 15 May until 25 September 2022.

Women Painting Women is a thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. This presentation includes approximately 50 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present. International in scope, Women Painting Women recognizes female perspectives that have been underrepresented in the history of postwar figuration. Painting is the focus of the exhibition, as traditionally it has been a privileged medium for portraiture, particularly for white male artists. The artists here use painting and women as subject matter as vehicles for change and range from early trailblazers like Alice Neel and Emma Amos to emerging artists such as Jordan Casteel and Apolonia Sokol. Some, such as Jenny Saville, work on large canvases, producing images that dwarf the space around them, while others, including Somaya Critchlow, paint on a modest scale that invites close viewing. All place women—their bodies, gestures, and individuality—at the forefront.

Four themes trend in the works included in Women Painting Women: The Body, Nature Personified, Color as Portrait, and Selfhood. Through these themes, the artists conceive new ways to activate and elaborate on the portrayal of women. Replete with complexities, realness, abjection, beauty, complications, everydayness, and joy, the portraits in this exhibition make way for female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the image of woman and how it has evolved.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


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


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.