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Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 3 (BLACK UKULELE VERSION WITH GHOST)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 3 (BLACK UKULELE VERSION WITH GHOST)

2018

Glass reinforced plastic (GRP), wool fabric, scarfs, cords, steel base, sleeping mask, appliqués, ukulele and chains

77 x 36 x 40 inches

195.6 x 91.4 x 101.6 cm

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 4 (GERRY LOPEZ SURFBOARD VERSION)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 4 (GERRY LOPEZ SURFBOARD VERSION)

2018

Plastic, fabric, wood, steel stand, chains, Gerry Lopez 70's surfboard, string, leather/plastic smiley face cooler bag, scarfs

79.02 x 45 x 40.55 inches

200.7 x 114.3 x 103 cm

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Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 4 (BLACK UKULELE VERSION)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 4 (BLACK UKULELE VERSION)

2018

Glass reinforced plastic (GRP), wool fabric, scarfs, trolley, steel base, ukulele and chains

81 x 36 x 45 inches

205.7 x 91.4 x 114.3 cm

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Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 1 (WHITE BASS GUITAR VERSION)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 1 (WHITE BASS GUITAR VERSION)

2018

Plastic, fabric, bass guitar, scarfs, chains, twine, steel stand, rubber octopus tentacle

76 x 50 x 48 inches

193 x 127 x 121.9 cm

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 8 (SHARK DUST BIN VERSION I)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 8 (SHARK DUST BIN VERSION I)

2018

Plastic, fabric, wood, cardboard

44 x 46 x 27 inches

111.8 x 116.8 x 68.6 cm

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 9 (SHARK DUST BIN VERSION II)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 9 (SHARK DUST BIN VERSION II)

2018

Plastic, fabric, wood, cardboard

49 x 28 x 41 inches

124.5 x 71.1 x 104.1 cm

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 5 (PETITE VERSION WITH BLUE UKULELE)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 5 (PETITE VERSION WITH BLUE UKULELE)

2018

Plastic, fabric, wood pedestal, ukulele, chain, rubber, scarf

42 x 24 x 18 inches

106.7 x 61 x 45.7 cm

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 6 (PETITE VERSION WITH BLACK UKULELE)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 6 (PETITE VERSION WITH BLACK UKULELE)

2018

Plastic, fabric, wood, cardboard pedestal, chain, ukulele

43 x 23 x 20 inches

109.2 x 58.4 x 50.8 cm

Cosima von Bonin, KILLER WHALE WITH LONG EYELASHES I (RHINO* VERSION)

Cosima von Bonin

KILLER WHALE WITH LONG EYELASHES I (RHINO* VERSION)

*Rhino by Renate Mueller, Germany, 1960s

2018

fabric, leather, canvas, wooden chair

42 x 105 x 39 inches

106.7 x 266.7 x 99.1 cm

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Cosima von Bonin, KILLER WHALE WITH LONG EYELASHES 2 (SCHOOL DESK VERSION)

Cosima von Bonin

KILLER WHALE WITH LONG EYELASHES 2 (SCHOOL DESK VERSION)

2018

wood, metal, glass bottle, fabric

59 x 47 x 47 inches

149.9 x 119.4 x 119.4 cm

Cosima von Bonin, HERMIT CRAB

Cosima von Bonin

HERMIT CRAB

2018

steel cement mixer, fabric, rubber

52 x 50 x 38 inches

132.1 x 127 x 96.5 cm

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 7 (COFFEE POT VERSION)

Cosima von Bonin

WHAT IF IT BARKS 7 (COFFEE POT VERSION)

2018

Plastic, fabric, wooden chair, 70's surfboard, scarfs, chains, shoe laces, twine/rope

58 x 28 x 33 inches

147.3 x 71.1 x 83.8 cm

Cosima von Bonin, AU PAIRS

Cosima von Bonin

AU PAIRS

2018

Cotton and wool covering cardboard, wooden table

55 x 72 x 84 inches

139.7 x 182.9 x 213.4 cm

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“It is impossible not to be entranced with Cosima von Bonin’s playful works. Her huge, floppy stuffed animals, outsized rockets, and large-scale textile ‘paintings’ exude a certain seductiveness and absurdity though one shot through with sardonic wit."

Meredith Malone, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 

Cosima von Bonin -  - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

Cosima von Bonin (b. 1962, Mombasa, Kenya) lives and works in Cologne. In 2010, the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria presented The Fatigue Empire, a comprehensive one-person exhibition of the artist’s recent works. It was shortly followed by von Bonin’s Lazy Susan Series, A Rotating Exhibition, with venues at the Witte de With Rotterdam (Oct. 2010-Jan. 2011); Arnolfini Bristol (Feb.-April 2011); MAMCO, Geneva (June-Sept. 2011); and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (July-Oct. 2011).

Von Bonin’s first major U.S. survey, Roger and Out, opened in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Other institutional one-person exhibitions have taken place at MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2014); Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden (2013); Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2011); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2011); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2004); Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2001); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2000); and Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (1999). In addition, von Bonin has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Les Abbatoirs in Toulouse, France; and Documenta XII in Kassel, Germany, among many others.

Her work is included in many notable collections worldwide, including the Tate Britain in London; the Museum für Neue Kunst im ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. 

Installation view of von Bonin's show at MUMOK featuring three large hanging stuffed birds, each wearing colorful scarves. Two patch-work cloth "paintings" hang in the background.

Hippies Use the Side Door, MUMOK, 2014

Installation view

Installation view from documenta 12 featuring two of von Bonin's rorschach test fabric paintings. One is pink and purple with the white rorschach blob appliquéd on, and the second is light and dark blue with the white rorscah test appliquéd on. The paintings are hanging from the ceiling, below them are small white bleachers and in the background are white cubes on platforms and a large gray stuffec bulldog on a white platform.

documenta 12, Kassel, Germany, 2007

Installation view

Installation view from the Stedelik Museum of three stuffed dogs. One is a gray Saint Bernard with a brimmed fabric hat on a white platform. Behind it is a stuffed gray bulldog on a platform and off to the side is a yellow stuffed flappy-eared dog. Hanging on the wall in the background is a fabric painting.

JUMP INTO THE FUTURE: ART FROM THE 90'S AND 2000'S, Stedelijk Museum, 2018

Installation view

Installation view from Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2010. Eight textile paintings hang on two perpendicular walls. All are different colors and feature white gloved hands embroidered on them.

Cosima von Bonin- THE FATIGUE EMPIRE, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2010

Installation view

Installation shot from CvB SIngles Uptown Remix at Petzel's Uptown location. A multicolored octopus sculpture is in the center of the room. on the left-hand wall is the purple and pink rorschach text painting. on the back wall is a textile painting with an animal in a red hat embroidered on it. the street post with a cigarette is standing in the right hand corner.

CvB Singles Uptown Remix, Petzel Gallery, 2015

Installation view

Installation shot from CvB SIngles Uptown Remix at Petzel's Uptown location. A multicolored octopus sculpture is in the center of the room. on the back wall are two textile paintings and on the right hand wall is the pink and purple rorschach test painting.

CvB Singles Uptown Remix, Petzel Gallery, 2015

Installation view

Installation view of WHAT IF IT BARKS? at Petzel in 2018. The image features eight plastic fish and two fabric killer whales in a large circle with a giant aluminum cat food can hanging from the ceiling.

WHAT IF IT BARKS? featuring AUTHORITY PURÉE, Petzel Gallery, 2018

Installation view

Installation image of a killer whale soft sculptures with three plastic mackrel sculptures in the background. Each mackrel is robed in gingham fabrics, one has a ukulele and another has a white electric guitar.

WHAT IF IT BARKS? featuring AUTHORITY PURÉE, Petzel Gallery, 2018

Installation view

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