CV - MUJ
Zürich
* 1974, Thalwil, Switzerland
lives and works in London and Zurich
 
Monica Ursina Jäger is a Swiss artist and lecturer living in London and Zurich. Her multidisciplinary practice engages with spatial experiences both within the natural and constructed environment. Jäger makes drawings, sculptures and installation works through which she acknowledges the multifaceted nature of the spatial experience and the rich history of its representation. Her cognitive-map-like use of imagery, alongside linear architectural structures, gives one a sense of both everyday and fantastical moments of overlap between the many signifiers by which we ‘read’ physical environments and recall our experiences of them. Recent works address the uncertainties of geopolitics related to natural resources and man-made construction. Interdisciplinary projects include urban planning, green infrastructures and narrative environments in public spaces.

Jäger studied in Singapore and London and gained her MA at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, e.g., Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum Thun, Haus für Kunst Uri, Galeria Pilar Sao Paulo, Kunstmuseum Chur, Sammlung Essl Klosterneuburg/Wien, Haus Konstruktiv Zurich, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Kunstverein Pforzheim. Winner of the Swiss Art Award 2007. Monica Ursina Jäger is a research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR, University of Applied Sciences Zurich ZHAW.  ZHAW Research in Sustainability and Communication
 
Education
2006-08 Goldsmiths College, London, Master of Fine Art
1999 LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
1997-2000    University for Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland, BA Art and Education
 
Awards, Residencies and Research
2018 Research Residency, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
2017 Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich, Art Grant Canton Zurich
from 2016 Research associate at Institute of Natural Resource Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Zurich in Sustainability and Communication
2014 Residency Coleman Project Space, London
2012 UBS Art Grant
2010 IBK Art Award/Förderpreis 'Drawing'
2008 Art Award/Werkbeitrag Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland
2007 Swiss Art Award
2006 Grant Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
2005 Artist Residency Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
 
Solo Shows (Selection)
2015 Future Archaeologies – Your Assumptions Are My Memories Galerie Christinger de Mayo Zürich
2014 Translocation Coleman Project Space London
2013 Para/Site Gallery Christinger de Mayo Zurich
  DisplaceGalerie Rupert Pfab Dusseldorf
  In Relation Kunstraum Sandra Romer Chur
  Terrain Vague Junge Kunst Wolfsburg
2011 Certitude of Speculative Thought Gallery Christinger de Mayo Zurich
  Back Drop, sic! Raum für Kunst Lucerne
  Monica Ursina Jäger & Blue CurryNextex St. Gallen
2010 Equivocal Clarity of Dawn Gallery Christinger de Mayo Kunst Zurich
2009 Sea of Tranquility Visual Drugs Zurich
  OutlandsGalerie Rupert Pfab Dusseldorf
  Half Forgotten DreamsKunstraum Sandra Romer Chur
2008 Projektraum Enter Kunstmuseum Thun
2007 After NatureGalerie Habres + Partner Vienna
  Out of the woodsVisual Drugs Zurich
 
Group Shows (Selection)
2018 Digital Ecologies - Operaismo NaturaleSKLAD, The Ancient Bath, Center of Contemporary Art Plovdiv
  HinterlandCorner College, Zurich, curated by TETI Group
  Fokus GRafikBündner Kunstmuseum Chur
2017 RefugiumSkulpturen Biennale Weiertal, Winterthur
  Annual ExhibitionBündner Kunstmuseum Chur
  WerkschauHaus Konstruktiv Zürich
  London - AltdorfHaus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf
2016 Art Awards City of ZurichHelmhaus, Zurich
  End!angered Species# TAUT, Kunstverein Wagenhallen Stuttgart
  Telling TalesCollyer Bristow Galler London
  dall‘ altra parteHaus fur Kunst Uri Altdorf
2015 Semiotic Guerrilla WarfarePAPER Manchester and Dean Clough Halifax
  DoppelpassGallery Luciano Fasciati Chur
  ImpressionKunsthaus Grenchen Grenchen
  Werkschau 2015Haus Konstruktiv Zurich
  Sammlungsausstellung , der Kunstkommission Schweizerische Post Kornhausforum Bern
2014 WeltenwürfeKunsthaus Grenchen
  Modell und UtopieTrudelhaus Baden
  The New InternationalGaleria Pilar Sao Paulo
  We Fragment, Collect and NarrateKunstmuseum Thun
  Catch of the YearDienstgebäude Zurich
  Annual Art ExhibitionKunstmuseum Chur
2013 Ansichtssache LandschaftKunstverein Pforzheim
  Schoene Landschaft-Bedrohte NaturKunsthalle Osnabruck (cat.)
  BABEL - There's a Heaven above you!Kunstmuseum Olten
  SuperstructureArróniz Arte Contemporáneo Mexico City
2012 Ein zartes Schaudern, Fragmente der WirklichkeitKunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil (cat.)
  Annual Art ExhibitionKunstmuseum Chur
  One and one and one K3 Project Space Zurich
  Mobile Territorien Kunstraum Baden
2011 The Saatchi Gallery & BBC 4's New Sensations and The Future Can Wait Victoria House London (cat.)
  Platznot-PlatzwechselBündner Kunstmuseum Chur
  On Destructiveness and BeautyGalerie Anita Beckers Frankfurt
  Summer TimeGalerie Rupert Pfab Dusseldorf
  Festival of the AnimalsMuseum Essl Vienna (cat.)
  Much Ado about Everything – Baroque in Contemporary ArtHaus für Kunst Uri (cat.)
  Swiss Art AwardsArt Basel
  S.A.G.SThw Woodmill London
  Polemically SmallTorrence Art Museum California
  Long live Painting! Works from the CollectionMuseum Essl Vienna
2010 Catch of the Year IIDienstgebäude Zurich
  The Future Can WaitShoreditch Townhall London
  Julius Baer CollectionGallery von Bartha Basel
  4. Biennale der ZeichnungKunstverein Eislingen (cat.)
  Landschaft im WandelKunstmuseum Thun (cat.)
  Art Awards City of ZurichHelmhaus Zurich
  Paradise Is Somewhere ElseGalerie Anita Beckers Frankfurt
2009 The Jack Goldstein ConnectionsGalerie Anita Beckers Frankfurt
  Annual Art ExhibitionKunstmuseum Chur
  Werkschau'09Grants Canton Zurich F+F Zurich
  Swiss Art AwardsArt Basel
  The Audacity of ImaginationGalerie Römerapotheke Zurich
  Future or RuinCharlie Smiths London
  Compilation IVKunsthalle Dusseldorf (cat.)
  Notes From the UndergroundJames Taylor Gallery London
  The Future Can Wait, Truman Brewery London
  New London School Ellis Rumley Projects, Berlin
2008 Grants and Residencies, City of Zurich, Helmhaus Zurich
  Degree Show MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College London (cat.)
  Works on Paper #1, Gallery Smits Amsterdam
  Jargon of Landscape, The Wallis Gallery London
2007 Beziehungsweise - Works on Paper from the Holzer CollectionGalerie Winter Vienna
  Annual Art ExhibitionKunstmuseum Chur
  Grants for visual Art of Canton Zurich (Werkbeiträge Kanton ZH) Zurich
  Swiss Art Awards Basel (cat.)
  Celeste Art Prize London / Edinburgh (cat.)
2006 Emergin Artists SwitzerlandEssl Collection Vienna
 
Collections and acquisitions
Essl Collection, Vienna
Kunstmuseum Thun
Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur
Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern (Postfinance)
Public Art Collection Canton Zurich
Public Art Collection City of Zurich
Public Art Collection Canton Graubunden
Public Art Collection Canton St. Gallen
Helvetia Art Collection
Julius Baer Art Collection
Raiffeisen Bank Switzerland
ZKB Zurcher Kantonalbank
Sparda Bank, Nordrhein Westfahlen
Holzer Collection, Vienna
Collection von Bartha, Basel
and further private collections in Switzerland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, USA, Brazil, Japan
 
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