Apr 29 - Jul 11 2009

Curated by Gianni Jetzer

Manon has pioneered 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. Her work is concurrent with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Adrian Piper or Hannah Wilke.

Commissioned by the Swiss Institute, this retrospective will include the installations “The Salmon-Colored Boudoir” (1974) and “The End of Lola Montez” (1975), as well as the most important series of her photographic works, “La dame au crâne rasé” (1977/78), “The Gray Wall or 36 Sleepless Nights” (1979), and her newest series, “Borderline,” (2007).

Catalog in cooperation with Helmhaus Zurich with essays by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Amelia Jones, Jörg Heiser, Brigitte Ulmer and Gianni Jetzer.

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Manon, La dame au crâne rasé, 1977
Manon, The Salmon-Colored Boudoir, installation view, 1974/2006
Manon, exhibition view, 2009
Manon, installation view, 2009
Manon, The End of Lola Montez, 1975/2006, installation view
Manon, She Was Once Miss Rimini, projection still, 2003
Manon, The Gray Wall or 36 Sleepless Nights, 1979