April 20, 2009 - Swiss Institute - MANON
April 20, 2009


La Dame au Crane Rasé

April 29 – June 30 2009

Curated by Gianni Jetzer

Opening Reception:
TUESDAY APRIL 28 2009, 6 – 8 PM
495 Broadway / 3 RD Floor
New York / NY 10012


Manon has been a pioneer of body and performance art since the 1970s. In her ambivalent depiction of female identity, she deliberately affirms gender roles as well as their subversion. Manon is internationally recognized for radical performances and conceptual photographs in which she addresses the construction of identities.

Commissioned by Swiss Institute, Manon’s retrospective will include the installations The Lox-Colored Boudoir (1974) and The End of Lola Montez (1975) as well as the most important series of her photographic works, La Dame au crane rasé (1977), Elektrokardiogram (1978), and her newest series Borderline (2007).

On the occasion of the exhibition, Swiss Institute and Helmhaus Zurich are pleased to release the comprehensive monograph: Manon: A Person. The publication covers the entire range of the artist’s work, from her first fetish installations to the most recent photographic series. These recent works have not been previously published or exhibited.

Contributors to the catalogue include: Jean- Christophe Ammann, Amelia Jones, Jörg Heiser, Brigitte Ulmer and Gianni Jetzer.

About Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art New York
Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery operating in New York City since 1986. As a truly international space for contemporary art, we occupy an ambitious, boundary-crossing role in NYC, fostering interaction between American, Swiss and European artists and audiences. Our institution works like a European Kunsthalle, presenting cutting-edge art within a forward-thinking intellectual framework. Because we have no collection and no responsibilities to the art market, all our energy goes towards the realization of artistic and curatorial projects. An additional vital part of our programming is an ambitious series of events creating crucial opportunities to weave contemporary art into the fabric of everyday life.


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