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A large stretched painting with a blue and white gingham fabric as the background with two white fists and two blue and white gingham firsts making a punching motion. In the lower right-hand corner is a dark blue and white striped square of fabric with smaller multicolored squares embroidered over it.

Cosima von Bonin



Cotton, silk, fleece

90.55 x 79.92 inches

230 x 203 cm


Large piece of fabric with two large pink vertical stripes on either end and a wide purple stripe down the center. Appliquéd over the large piece of fabric is a stuffed, white piece of fabric cut to look like a rorschach test.

Cosima von Bonin



Cotton, linen

113.78 x 91.73 inches

Four large blocks of fabric sewn together to make one large canvas. In descending order, the fabrics are red and gingham, dark blue gingham, white, and light blue and gray striped. Appliquéd onto the fabric canvas are two white fists that look like they are going to punch each other.

Cosima von Bonin




66.93 x 55.12 inches

170 x 140 cm


fabric fence that stands alone

Cosima von Bonin

OHNE TITEL (fence)


Wool, foam material

Consists of 4 sticks:

46 x 55 x 8 inches

116.8 x 139.7 x 20.3 cm


fiberglass sculpture that is propped on the ground and angled upward. the sculpture reads "cute" in a font that looks like it is melting.

Cosima von Bonin




16 x 24 x 18 inches

40.6 x 61 x 45.7 cm


Tall white street lamp with gas-light top. Protruding off of the lamppost is an enlarged cigarette with an outline of neon smoke puffing out of it.

Cosima von Bonin



Steel, lacquer, plate-glass, spruce; SMOKE: Perspex, steel, lacquer, neon lamp, light-emitting diode

129.92 x 46 x 28 inches

330 x 116.8 x 71.1 cm

A large gray stuffed Saint Bernard on a white pedestal. The dog is wearing a small pillbox hat and a bright red/pink bib tied around its neck.

Cosima von Bonin

Petit Saint Bernard Avec Box (No 6 / Dark Grey Bell Boy Version With Pill Box)


Dog: Wool, cotton-fleece, cotton, plastic, embellishment

Box: Wood, lacquer


33.86 x 13.39 x 26.77 inches

86 x 34 x 68 cm


6.3 x 20.47 x 32.28 inches

16 x 52 x 82 cm

Edition 6/13


“It is impossible not to be entranced with Cosima von Bonin’s playful works. Her huge, floppy stuffed animals, outsized rockets, and large-scale textile ‘paintings’ exude a certain seductiveness and absurdity though one shot through with sardonic wit."

Meredith Malone, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 

headshot of Cosima von Bonin in black and white

Cosima von Bonin (b. 1962, Mombasa, Kenya) lives and works in Cologne. In 2010, the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria presented The Fatigue Empire, a comprehensive one-person exhibition of the artist’s recent works. It was shortly followed by von Bonin’s Lazy Susan Series, A Rotating Exhibition, with venues at the Witte de With Rotterdam (Oct. 2010-Jan. 2011); Arnolfini Bristol (Feb.-April 2011); MAMCO, Geneva (June-Sept. 2011); and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (July-Oct. 2011).

Von Bonin’s first major U.S. survey, Roger and Out, opened in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Other institutional one-person exhibitions have taken place at MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2014); Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden (2013); Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2011); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2011); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2004); Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2001); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2000); and Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (1999). In addition, von Bonin has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Les Abbatoirs in Toulouse, France; and Documenta XII in Kassel, Germany, among many others.

Her work is included in many notable collections worldwide, including the Tate Britain in London; the Museum für Neue Kunst im ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. 

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