Cologne

Thomas Grunfeld

Galerie Tanja Grunert

At his fifth solo exhibition at this gallery, Thomas Grünfeld presented a group of works from 1986 and ’87 that he has described as “fragments of interior design” or “seven prototypes of form invention.” These included objects based on different kinds of furniture (including examples of what he calls “alienated furniture”) and various types of frames. He has presented similar kinds of objects at various shows over the past few years; now, gathered together in a single show—and with several additions and refinements—these were offered as a kind of repertoire. The changes are twofold. Unlike earlier examples of his “alienated furniture”—say, a fur-covered bed in the previous show—the pieces shown here were less like actual objects of interior decorating; and the materials have changed from very expensive to pointedly shabby—for example, from de luxe leather to a rubber sheet.

At first glance,

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