Monika Grabuschnigg

Born 1987 in Vorarlberg, Austria
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Grabuschnigg’s works circle questions about the meaning, identity and cultural affiliation of objects, symbols and ornaments once they have experienced a shift or de-contextualization, particularly in the form of souvenirs and other consumer products. Working mostly in the medium of sculpture her materials are clay and resins, which are processed in different mould and casting techniques, reassembling found and hand built shapes.
One of her latest works The Relics Collection 2015-2016 deals with the influence of war aesthetics in the local Afghan rug industry since the 1980s. Focusing on the representation of these rugs in contemporary art collections in Europe, referring to cultural voyeurism and the link between artwork and consumer commodity, The Relics Collection consists of several ceramic sculptures translating the war-rug imagery into vitrine destined fetish objects.


2012-2013, MA, Art in Context, UDK University of Arts, Berlin
2012, Guest Studies Media class, HGB Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig
2011, MA: Magistra Artium, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria
2005-2011, Fine Arts Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria
2010-2011, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2008-2009, Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

“What satisfaction could you possibly have”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Visceral Silence”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Rest, you restless guardians“, Cosmos Gallery, Spain
“Warporn” IN:SURGO, Berlin

Group Exhibitions (selected)

“Haptic House”, Horse and Pony Fine Arts, Berlin
“NGORONGORO II”, Studio Space Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin
“INSIDE TÖPFERN”, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
Berlin Art Prize Nominees exhibition, The Shelf, Berlin
“OPEN MODE”, Paradiso, Berlin
“A Strong Desire”, PS120, Berlin, DE.
“On Invitation” Kunst Vorarlberg – Forum for Contemporary Art, Austria

“Flight suit” Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv
“Eau&Gaz Artist in Residence Exhibition” Lanserhaus Eppan, Eppan, Italy
“UNEARTHED” Rockelmann and Gallery, Berlin
“Bilbao –Bregenz”, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz
“Open Door Exhibition” BilbaoArte Foundation, Bilbao, Spain
“Visuelle Poesie” Theater am Saumarkt, Feldkirch, Austria
“Verfremdung” Borg Götzis, part of Lange Nacht d. Museen, Götzis, Austria.
“Revealing the concealed“ P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv
“Open Door Exhibition”, Bilbao Arte Foundation, Bilbao, Spain
“Montag ist erst übermorgen”, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna
“New members exhibition”, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
“…and the travel goes on.” Gallery Schillerplatz, Vienna
“Final year exhibition” Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
“Walking doubting rollin shining and musing” Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria


2017, Residency, SoART, Millstatt, Austria
2016, Fine Art Awardee, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria
2016, Residency, VA Independent Space For Contemporary Art, Isfahan, Iran
2016, Grant, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv – Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria + Austrian Cultural Forum, Tel Aviv
2016, Studio grant, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria
2015, Artist Residency, Bilbao Arte Foundation, Bilbao, Spain
2015, Studio grant, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria
2014, Grant, Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria
2013, Artist Residency Exchange, Bilbao Arte Foundation, Bilbao, Spain: In
collaboration with the Vorarlberg Art and Culture Department, Austria, Funded by the Federal State Government of Vorarlberg, Austria
2005, Scholarship, International Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria

Collections (selected)

State Museum Vorarlberg, Austria
The Federal Artothek. Austrian Government Art Collection, Austria
The Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

Public Installation
Mountain art trail, Muttersberg, Vorarlberg