Hotel Dolores and other recent works by Swiss performance artist Manon



Title Information

Edited by Kunsthaus Zofingen. With contributions by Ursula Badrutt, Jorg Heiser, Claire Hoffmann, and Claudia Waldner

1st edition

, 2019

Text in English, German, and French


352 pages, 211 color and 71 b/w illustrations

19 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-639-9


For nearly five decades, Swiss artist Manon has been confronting observers with their own vision. Her performances raise question about the boundary between staging and exhibitionism. Always challenging and at times highly subversive, her performances question power structures and put gender identities to discussion.

Following-up on the previous book Manon—A Person, published in 2008, this new volume introduces to a wider audience Manon’s work of the past ten years. At the core is Hotel Dolores, a series of installations and performances staged at closed-down hotels in the Swiss spa town of Baden between 2008 and 2011.

Photographs of Manon’s performances and their venues are completed by her conceptual sketches and other documents. Concise essays on aspects of Manon’s art and vision round out this book.

Authors & Editors

Ursula Badrutt

 is a Swiss art historian, critic, art educator and curator.

Teresa Gruber

Jörg Heiser

 is a Berlin-based Swiss publicist and art critic. He is co-editor-in-chief of Frieze art magazine and teaches as visiting professor at Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg.

Claire Hoffmann

 is curator of visual arts at Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris.

Kunsthaus Zofingen

Claudia Waldner

 is a media artist, art educator, and curatorial director of Kunsthaus Zofingen in Switzerland.