Bei Cosy: Opening 16th June with upcoming events

16.06.17 | tag: Amsterdam

Bei Cosy

16th June – 8th July 2017

Open every Friday and Saturday from 5-11pm

Bei Cosy is a somewhere between an exhibition, a bar and a costume party, taking place over 4 weeks in the belly of RONGWRONG. The project will feature a roster of invited artists hosting events every Friday and Saturday night and a series of newly commissioned works entitled Fingerbekenntnisse. Taking its name from a celebrated bar in Munich run by the artist Cosy Pièro from 1962-82, the project will pay homage to her work, the significance of her bar and its active position in the sexual politics of the time.

Although many of the patrons of Bei Cosy are today celebrated figures or have faded into obscurity – together they represent an essential yet fragile history, a complex interwoven web of art, sex, inclusion/exclusion, gender identity and sociability. It is these moments that become ‘lost’ or forgotten within mainstream historical accounts. This new Bei Cosy is intended to critically address the role social spaces play in our social, sexual, artistic and political lives – creating a new context for particular histories and archival material to emerge amongst new works and an intergenerational community of artists.

The concept of Bei Cosy is by Philipp Gufler and Richard John Jones in collaboration with Cosy Pièro, Sands Murray-Wassink and Laurie Cluitmans.


Invited Artists:

AA Bronson, Johannes Büttner,
 Johanna Gonschorek, Philipp Gufler, Caspar Jade Heinemann, Fabian Hesse, Richard John Jones,
 Evelyn Taocheng Wang and Sands Murray-Wassink.

This series of newly commissioned works depart from an infamous series of drawings that Pièro made for her bar that were seized under obscenity laws in Munich in 1963 and were most likely destroyed. The drawings depicted cats with women's heads and huge breasts engaged in a variety of acts with one another. Through the commissions, the invited artists have been asked to respond to these lost works of Pièro as a gesture of solidarity whilst also reinventing and reimaging these works from their own perspectives.

These Fingerbekenntnisse are shown together with a new work by Pièro in the bar designed specially for Rongwrong by Johannes Büttner, Gufler and Jones.



17th June, 7pm

We keep loosing our spaces but we can still hold [on to] each other
- Costume Party and Qubit Group Initiation

Dress code:
Techno Witch OR/AND Matriarchal Acne

With the help of rare archival material of lost LGBTIQ* spaces from the 1950-90s– excavated from the archive of Schwules Museum in Berlin– we connect to our people: the artists, the eccentric, the timid, the thinkers and dreamers, the sex-positive, the marginalized, the individuals who all once made a decision. We upload our gentrification pains and penetration anxieties, download fish and chicken and celebrate the openness of the gap.

Events hosted by invited artists will be held every Friday and Saturday evening at Bei Cosy.
with: Laurie Cluitmans, JL Dianthus, Philipp Gufler, Vera Hofmann, Richard John Jones, Sands Murray-Wassink, Julika Rudelius, Camilla Wills, Geo Wyeth.

A full programme will be announced shortly!

special website:

Binnen Bantammerstraat 2
1011CK Amsterdam