Cosima von Bonin

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Cosima von Bonin's art is dry. And it's not easy to decipher. This is as true as ever of the exhibition organized by the Kunstverein's new director, Yilmaz Dziewior. In itself, being cryptic is no indictment—at least according to Theodor Adorno, who called for modem art to be unintelligible. The idea was to make it harder to co-opt. But is that the case with von Bonin's art? Apparently not. The edition of mushrooms she made for the Kunstverein, in green loden or orange felt stuffed with foam, sold out immediately. In Germany, von Bonin is one of the most best-known artists of her generation, although even initiates find her work elusive. This is due mainly to the fact that. when invited to do an exhibition, this sociable artist is just as likely to show art made by friends, or else to organize lectures, readings, and parties. This show was dedicated to Danish artist Poul Gernes, who

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