Mona Kuhn (1969)

Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale photographs of the human form. Her approach is unusual in that she develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin.  In addition, Kuhn's playful combination of visual strategies, such as translucency explores our connectedness with the environment.  A sublime sense of comfort and intelligence permeates her works, showing the human body in its most natural state while simultaneously re-envisioning the nude as a contemporary canon of art.

Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent.  In 1989, Kuhn moved to the US and earned her BA from The Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute.  She is currently and independent scholar at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.  Mona Kuhn’s first monograph, Photographs, was debuted by Steidl in 2004; followed by Evidence (2007), Native (2010), Bordeaux Series (2011), and Private (2014).  In the fall of 2018 Bushes and Succulents (Stanley Barker Books) and She Disappeared into Complete Silence (Steidl) were released, during Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, Paris.  Occasionally, Mona teaches at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Mona Kuhn’s work has been exhibited at The Louvre Museum and Le Bal in Paris; The Whitechapel Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London; Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland; Leopold Museum in Vienna, and Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia. Her work is in private and public collections worldwide, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles.

Musée

Musée

November 9, 2018
'An interview with Mona Kuhn'

Aperture

Aperture

October 1, 2018
'Everything is light'

Vimeo Video

Vimeo Video

March 2018
'Mona Kuhn - She Disappeared into Complete Silence'

Another Magazine

Another Magazine

January 30, 2018
'The Photographer Juxtaposing Succulents and the Female Body'

Another Magazine

Another Magazine

April 14, 2017
'A Photo-Series About Modernist Buildings and the Female Form'

Issue Magazine

Issue Magazine

January 1, 2015
'Mona Kuhn by Paul Ruscha'

Elizabeth Avedon

Elizabeth Avedon

November 11, 2011
'Interview Mona Kuhn II'

Haute Photographie 2019

Christopher Anderson, Mona Kuhn, Bownik

Thu 7 Feb 2019 - Sun 10 Feb 2019


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

PhotoFairs 2018

Scheltens & Abbenes, Ruth van Beek, Eva Stenram, Mona Kuhn, Freudenthal/Verhagen

Fri 23 Feb 2018 - Sun 25 Feb 2018


Art Fair
San Francisco (US)

Haute Photographie 2018

Robin de Puy, Mona Kuhn, Vincent Fournier

Thu 8 Feb 2018 - Sun 11 Feb 2018


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

Art Rotterdam 2017

Mona Kuhn, Robin de Puy

Thu 9 Feb 2017 - Sun 12 Feb 2017


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

Mona Kuhn

'Private'

Sat 12 Sep 2015 - Sat 10 Oct 2015


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Mona Kuhn

"Bushes & Succulents" 2018