Cosima von Bonin

Cosima von Bonin

Kunstinstituut Melly

September 27, 2010

Cosima von Bonin
10 October 2010 – 9 January 2011

Center For Contemporary Art
Witte De Withstraat 50
3012 BR, Rotterdam
The Netherlands
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At Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Cosima von Bonin presents an exhibition around the notion of sloth and fatigue. With her typical laconic humor, von Bonin creates a constellation of new and existing works. From oversized stuffed animals to sewn fabrics, from pastiches of minimalist sculptures to recreations of shop display systems, her work blends formalism and pop, oscillating between seriousness and fun, weighed down with melancholy or fizzing with critical wit.

The expression dolce far niente evokes the sweetness of doing nothing. Here the expression takes on a certain irony, as this is the first show in a sequence of major institutional exhibitions, which means that the artist is doing quite the opposite of nothing. The sequence is subtitled: the Lazy Susan Series, a rotating exhibition, referring to the rotating disks that appear in many restaurants and are used to present an array of dishes. The idea of a rotating exhibition differs from a traditional traveling show in that, with each rotation or loop, visitors are served a slightly different dish.

Curated by
Zoë Gray & Nicolaus Schafhausen

Saturday 9 October 2010
6 – 8 p.m. Exhibition opening at Witte de With, featuring Produzentin
8 – 9 p.m. Launch of Cosima von Bonin’s The Idler’s Playground, a commission from Sculpture International Rotterdam, located on Hofplein/Coolsingel, Rotterdam
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Party with DJ set by Moritz von Oswald featuring Paul St. Hilaire (Berlin), followed by Big City Sound Girl (Bristol) at Grand Hotel Central, Kruiskade 12, Rotterdam

Slothful Sundays
31 October 2010, 4 p.m.
Film marathon of George A. Romero’s zombie trilogy, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, and the documentary Document of the Dead in Witte de With’s auditorium. (Language: English)

7 November 2010, 4 p.m.
Screening of four short animated films on sloth, made by young visitors to the exhibition, at the Goethe-Institut, Westersingel 9, Rotterdam. (Language: Dutch)

14 November 2010, 4 p.m.
Brian Dillon (author) talks about sloth and hypochondria during the book launch of Cosima von Bonin in Witte de With’s library. (Language: English)

9 January 2011, 4 p.m.
Cartoon afternoon: classic animation followed by screening of Jacques Tati’s Playtime in Witte de With’s auditorium. (Language: English)

Title: Cosima von Bonin (Source Book 9)
Publisher: Witte de With Publishers
Authors: Zoë Gray, Mami Kataoka, Dirk von Lowtzow, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Mark von Schlegell; and a collection of writing on sloth from Cabinet magazine.
Language: English
ISBN: 978-90-73362-91-8

Witte de With Education hosts a month-long series of workshops for over 400 high school students.

Supported by
The Indofin group, Cees and Inge de Bruin-Heijn
Goethe-Institut Niederlande
Galerie Daniel Buchholz (Berlin/Cologne)
Alexander Schröder (Berlin)
Witte de With is supported by the city of Rotterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Culture

Loop # 01: Witte de With, Rotterdam (10 Oct 2010 – 9 Jan 2011)
Loop # 02: Arnolfini, Bristol (19 Feb – 25 Apr 2011)
Loop # 03: MAMCO, Geneva (1 Jun – 18 Sep 2011)
Loop # 04: Museum Ludwig, Cologne (8 Jul – 3 Oct 2011)

Artist’s biography
Born 1962 in Mombasa, Kenya, Cosima von Bonin lives and works in Cologne. Recent solo shows include Kunsthaus Bregenz (2010), MOCA, Los Angeles (2007), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2004), Kunstverein Hamburg (2001) and Kunstverein Braunschweig (2000). Recent group exhibitions include Collecting History, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Compass in Hand, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (all 2009); Eyes Wide Open, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); and Documenta XII, Kassel (2007). She is represented by Galerie Daniel Buchholz (Cologne) and Friedrich Petzel (New York).

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