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fig.: MISSY MISDEMEANOUR (THE VOMITING WHITE CHICK, RILEY [LOOP # 5], MVO'S VOODOO BEAT & MVO'S ROCKET BLAST BEAT), 2010. Rakete / rocket: PVC, Stahl, Polyester, Sonus Lautsprecher, Sennheiser Lautsprecher, Farbe / PVC, steel, polyester, Sonus loudspeakers, Sennheiser loudspeakers, color. 162 x 132 x 900 cm.
Kotzendes weißes Küken / vomiting white chick: Baumwolle, Füllung, Velour / cotton, filling, velour. 160 x 114 x 120 cm.
Courtesy Galerie Neu, Berlin. Photo provided on occasion of the exhibition 'Cosima von Bonin - Hippies Use Side Door. The Year 2014 Has Lost The Plot.' from 4 October 2014 until 18 January 2015 at Mumok, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.


Special music events:

4 Oct: Tocotronic & Cosima von Bonin
18 Nov: Phantom Ghost

Art made from fabrics

...seen at the preview images of the upcoming exhibition of art works by Cosima von Bonin under the title 'Hippies Use Side Door. The Year 2014 Has Lost The Plot.' which will be on view from 4 October 2014 until 18 January 2015 at Mumok (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien), MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

Bonin's stuffed animals are made from colorful fabrics and look only cute at the first sight. One of them is the puking baby chicken on a rocket. The art piece was presented in 2011 at the exhibition 'Character Appropriation' at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis) which hosted a special screening of Stanley Kubrick's Cold War-era movie 'Dr. Strangelove'.

Even the show in Vienna will be accompanied by an event program; announced are films (by Jacques Tati, about Vogue Dance Battles or author Thomas Bernhard) and music concerts (Tocotronic on 4 October, Phantom Ghost on 18 November...). 'Hippies Use Side Door' at Mumok in Vienna will be the largest exhibition of Cosima von Bonin's oeuvre in Austria and includes reconstructions of former shows in Hamburg, Cologne, Bregenz or 'The Lazy Susan Series' which toured from 2010 to 2012 through Europe.

Exclusively for the exhibition in Vienna, a balcony will be added to the facade of the black monolithic building of Mumok. At the press release, Mumok provides some background information about the balcony: "The artist's first idea was to place a rocket ridden by a retching baby chicken on the museum roof, but in the meantime she has decided for a simple balcony of the kind often seen on single and multi-apartment dwellings. When we asked why she abandoned the very visible rocket for a sun balcony that might be overlooked at first sight, she answered in her typically restrained way, refusing to interpret her own work: 'I have always thought that the museum needed a balcony.'"

On this balcony, a figure will stand as representation of an uncomfortable critic or agent provocateur. A flag with Thomas Bernhard's portrait (the author was also known for his clinches with the system) will wave from the large nose of the critic/provocateur. That's snotty!


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