Cosima von Bonin

Köln Show 2

Although for many of her generation Cosima von Bonin is a central figure in the Cologne art scene, some have been struck more by her persona and by her artistic approach than by the work itself. This is perhaps in part because (like the late Martin Kippenberger) von Bonin has often integrated objects made by friends into her own projects. She has also been involved in collaborative performances and installations, especially with artist Kai Althoff. Von Bonin’s recent exhibition “Löwe im Bonsaiwald” (Lion in the bonzai forest), the first in several years to contain only her own work, thus marked an important step in her career.

Von Bonin had attached innumerable blades of dried wheat grass to thin pieces of wood placed on the gallery floor, so one immediately detected the scent of straw upon entering the space. Narrow paths defined by strips of tape also wound through the room, which seemed

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