Cosima von Bonin  (German, 1962) 

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Cosima von Bonin (German, b.1962) is a Conceptual sculpture and installation artist. She uses fabric, wood, film, music, and found objects, like stuffed animals, to create scenes referencing craft and pop culture. She takes on themes of social relations, identity, and appropriation, while still incorporating humor. Von Bonin first stepped into the spotlight in the 1990s when she invited other artists, art critics, and musicians to present their own works at her New York exhibition. She questions the function of the author, and often invites other artists and musicians to collaborate with her on her installations. The artist’s Lazy Susan series was a rotating exhibition that had different works in each of the venues where the exhibition took place. There were four “loops” held at the Witte de With in Rotterdam from October 10, 2010 to January 9, 2011, at the Arnolfini in Bristol from February 19 to April 25, 2011, at the Mamco in Geneva from June 1 to September 18, 2011, and at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne from November 5, 2011 to May 13, 2012. The loop in the Museum Ludwig had various multi-level platforms with works from the other loops, as well as a large rotating disc with other sculptures on it. The exhibition had over 70 works on display. Von Bonin’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Roger and Out, was held in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA. The retrospective included works the artist created from 1990 to the year of the show. Von Bonin’s work is in the collections of the Tate Museum in London, UK, the Museum für Neue Kunst im ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Bonin lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

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Cosima von Bonin, TRADE & ACADEME

 

Cosima von Bonin
TRADE & ACADEME
2010

Galerie Buchholz
Cosima von Bonin, PRIVATO

 

Cosima von Bonin
PRIVATO
2010

Gallery Naruyama
Cosima von Bonin, TRADE & ACADEME

 

Cosima von Bonin
TRADE & ACADEME
2010

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Cosima von Bonin, LOVE HATE

 

Cosima von Bonin
LOVE HATE
2011

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Cosima von Bonin, 25 MEN'S HANDKERCHIEFS (GHOST VERSION)

 

Cosima von Bonin
25 MEN'S HANDKERCHIEFS (GHOST VERSION)
2011

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Cosima von Bonin, THE BONIN / OSWALD EMPIRE’S NOTHING # 05 (CVB’S SANS CLOTHING. MOST RISQUÉ. I’D BE DELIGHTED & MVO’S ORANGE HERMIT CRAB ON OFF-WHITE TABLE NEXT TO PINK TABLE SONG)

 

Cosima von Bonin
THE BONIN / OSWALD EMPIRE’S NOTHING # 05 (CVB’S SANS CLOTHING. MOST RISQUÉ. I’D BE DELIGHTED & MVO’S ORANGE HERMIT CRAB ON OFF-WHITE TABLE NEXT TO PINK TABLE SONG)
2010

Galerie Buchholz
Cosima von Bonin, Colour Wheel (Edition for Parkett 81)

 

Cosima von Bonin
Colour Wheel (Edition for Parkett 81)
2007

Parkett Editions, Zurich
  
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Cosima von Bonin, Nothing #3

 

Cosima von Bonin
Nothing #3, 2010
wool, cotton, terrycloth, thread

 

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Cosima von Bonin, Marathon

 

Cosima von Bonin
Marathon, 2007
wooden and plastic clothes pegs, stuffed soft toys, towel, clothes line

 

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Cosima von Bonin, Dirk's mates (Pierre, Aal, Hund) (in 3 parts of various sizes)

 

Cosima von Bonin
Dirk's mates (Pierre, Aal, Hund) (in 3 parts of various sizes), 2003
roof batten in velvet bag, sand in velvet bag, felt

 

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1962   Born in 1962, Mombasa, Kenya
1998 - 2000   Scholarship of the Günther-Peill-Stiftung, Düren, Germany
2000 - 2001   Guest professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg
  Lives and works in Cologne, Germany
2011   Character Appropriation, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (solo)
2011   Cosima von Bonin’s Bone Idle for Arnolfini’s Sloth Section, Loop #02 of the Lazy Susan Series, A Rotating Exhibition 2010-2012, Arnolfini, Bristol (solo)
2011   Cosima von Bonin’s Zermatt! Zermatt! Z…Ermattet! For Mamco’s Sloth Section, Loop #03 of the Lazy Susan Series, A rotating Exhibition 2010-2012, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (solo)
2011   Cosima von Bonin’s Cut! Cut! Cut! For Museum Ludwig’s Sloth Section, Loop #04 of the Lazy Susan Series, A Rotating Exhibition 2010-2012, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (solo)
2011   Quodlibet III - Alphabets and Instruments, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany
2011   THE JUXTAPOSITION OF NOTHINGS, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2010   Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
2010   Cosima von Bonin’s FAR NIENTE FOR WITTE DE WITH’S SLOTH SECTION (loop # 1 of the lazy susan series / a rotating exhibition / 2010 – 2011), Witte de With, Rotterdam (solo)
2010   The Fatigue Empire, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (solo)
2010   The Idler’s Playground, Sculpture International Rotterdam, Rotterdam (solo)
2009   Collection History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, MOCA, Los Angeles
2009   Compass at Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, MoMA, New York
2009   Entr'acte, curated by Fionn Meade, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson
2009   Don’t Perish, curated by Joseph Montgomery and Jesse Willenbring, Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte, New York
2009   Le Printemps de Septembre – à Toulouse, “Là où je suis n’existe pas”, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
2009   Quodlibet II, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
2008   If? if?, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008   The Pierres at the Petzelette, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2008   Kunst Im Heim, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin
2008   Painting Now and Forever, Part II, Matthew Marks Gallery, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
2008   Eyes Wide Open, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam
2008   Vertrautes Terrain – Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (solo)
2007   Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
2007   Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
2007   documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
2007   Cosima von Bonin, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
2006   Relax, It’s Only a Ghost, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
2006   Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2006   Optik Schröder. Werke aus der Sammlung Schröder, Kunstvereine Braunschweig, Braunschweig
2005   The Blake Byrne Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2005   Herbert Fuchs (1987-2005), Kunsthalle Wien, Project Wall, Vienna
2005   HaubrokShows. B Sharp, Xantener Straße 7, Berlin
2005   It takes some tie to open an oyster, Centre Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
2005   und Moderne im Dialog. 1500-2000, Ausstellung der Sammlung K-raum Daxter / Lorenz in der Fränkischen Galerie Kronach, Festung Rosenberg, Kronach
2004   Sammlung Taubengasse, Kunsthaus Hamburg
2004   Huts, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
2004   2 Positionen auf einmal, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
2004   Film and video works by Cosima von Bonin, The Mountain Bar, Los Angeles
2004   Cosima von Bonin, Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid
2004   Across the Border, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium
2004   Rhinegold: Art from Cologne, Tate Liverpool
2003   Outlook. International Art Exhibition, Athens
2003   Actionbutton, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
2003   Cosima von Bonin, Galerie Ascan Crone / Andreas Osarek, Hamburg
2003   Fat, Female, Forty, Fade, Galerie Neu, Berlin
2003   Kalt Modern Teuer, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
2002   Fondorientierte Ausstattung, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Künstlerhaus Graz
2002   Too Quick for Binoculars, Galerie Gabriele Senn, Vienna
2001   Bruder Poul sticht in See, Kunstverein Hamburg (solo)
2001   Free Port, Magasin 3, Stockholm
2001   Vom Eindruck zum Ausdruck, Grässlin Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
2000   Favorit Lokaler Raum, 1/7, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne (solo)
2000   The Cousins, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (solo)
1999   Wyoming, Kunsthalle St. Gallen (solo)
1999   Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
1999   Die Schule von Athen - deutsche Kunst heute, Athens
1998   mai 98, Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne
1998   Löwe im Bonsaiwald, Palais Attems, Graz (solo)
1998   Justus, Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg / with Michael Krebber
1997   Heetz, Nowak, Rehberger, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Sao Paulo with Kai Althoff and Tobias Rehberger
1997   Display, Charlottenborg Ausstellungshalle, Kopenhagen
1996   Heetz, Nowak, Rehberger, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach with Kai Althoff and Tobias Rehberger
1995   The Museum of Modern Art, Syros with Christopher Williams and Stephen Prina. / organized by Martin Kippenberger
1995   Hast Du Heute Zeit? - Ich Aber Nicht, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart / with Kai Althoff
1994   Museum Fridericianum, Kunstverein Kippenberger, Kassel (solo)
1993   American Fine Arts, New York (solo)
2006    Samman, Nadim, Cosima von Bonin: The bomb drops, The Art Newspaper/Frieze Art Fair Daily, October 12, 2006 (ill.)
2006    Rattemeyer, Christian, “Die Möglichkeiten Einer Insel: Über Cosima von Bonin in der Galerie Friedrich Petzel, New York”, Texte Zur Kunst, September 2006, pp. 225-227 (ill.)
2006    Graw, Isabelle, "Von Hier Aus", Texte Zur Kunst, September 2006, pp. 48-65, p. 50 (ill.)
2006    “Art Pilgrimage: Philadelphia, ICA”, ArtReview, Issue 03: September, 2006, p. 85 (ill.)
2006    Velasco, David, “Cosima von Bonin”, Artforum.com, June 30, 2006
2006    Johnson, Ken, “Cosima von Bonin”, The New York Times, June 30, 2006, p. E28
2006    Saltz, Jerry, “Cash, Clowns & Carnivals”, Modern Painters, July-August 2006, pp. 32-33
2006    Saltz, Jerry, “Cash, Clowns, and Carnivals”, The Village Voice, June 22, 2006 (ill.)
2006    Smith, Roberta, “Cologne as Mythic Hot Spot (Cue the Background Music)”, The New York Times, June 2, 2006, pp. E27, 30
2006    Rattemeyer, Christian, “Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne”, Artforum, Summer 2006, pp. 344- 345 (ill)