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Johannes Wohnseifer

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

To get to Johannes Wohnseifer’s recent exhibition, which was curated by Rita Kersting and housed in the project room of the Museum Ludwig Köln, one had to pass through the permanent collection; in the middle of Pop Art, one came up against a white nylon curtain on which “MUSEUM” was written in huge black type. Pushing the curtain aside, one entered a large room only to stop at the sight of sixteen square wood panels laid across the floor (each approximately 6.5 by 6.5 feet) and painted in colorful monochromes. The luminosity of the panels initially caused even the Carl Andre–seasoned visitor to step back for a moment before venturing inside. Set up amid the panels were three pedestals of various sizes on which the artist presented, under Plexiglas, prototypes for the sneakers he developed in collaboration with Adidas. In combination with three paintings of eagles based on pictures by

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