Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 114 3/16 × 76 inches (290 × 193 cm) © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017. Photo by Jens Ziehe
Embracing the events and incidents that arise as she paints, Grosse opens up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. While she is widely known for her temporary and permanent in situ work, which she paints directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, her approach begins in the studio. With calculated focus, she allows new patterns and procedures in her paintings to emerge from action, further multiplying this potential with stencils cut from cardboard and thick foam rubber—tools with which to develop further cuts, layers, and perspectival depths. Grosse’s gestures unfold all at the same time in unmixed acrylic colors, engulfing the viewer in a toxic sublime.
Katharina Grosse was born in 1961 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany. She studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany, and Kunstakademie Münster, Germany. Grosse’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo museum exhibitions include “Hammer Projects: Katharina Grosse,” UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2001); Artsonje Museum, South Korea (2001); Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany (2002); “Der weisse Saal trifft sich im Wald,” Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2002); “Perspectives 143: Katharina Grosse,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2004); SAFN, Reykjavík (2004); Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Denmark (2004); “Something Leadlight,” Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2005); “Constructions à cru,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Contemporary Art Center, Ohio (2006); Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen (2006); FRAC Auvergne, France (2007); “Atoms Outside Eggs,” Museu Serralves Contemporânea, Portugal (2007); FRAC Auvergne, France (2008); “Hello Little Butterfly I Love You What’s Your Name,” ARKEN—Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen (2009); Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany (2009); Museum für Neue Kunst, Germany (2010); “One Floor Up More Highly,” Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2010); Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2011); “Third Man Begins Digging Through Her Pockets,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2012); “Two younger women come in and pull out a table,” De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands (2013); “WUNDERBLOCK,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2013); “Inside the Speaker,” Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2014); “yes no why later,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); “Seven Hours, Eight Rooms, Three Trees,” Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2015); and Museum Frieder Burda, Germany (2016). Grosse’s most recent site-specific installations include Untitled Trumpet, 2015 for the 56th Biennale di Venezia in 2015 and Rockaway! for MoMA PS1’s “Rockaway!” program (2016); and “The Horse Trotted Another Couple Of Metres, Then It Stopped,” Carriageworks, Sydney (2018).
Grosse’s most recent site-specific installations include Untitled Trumpet, 2015 for the 56th Biennale di Venezia in 2015 and Rockaway! for MoMA PS1’s “Rockaway!” program (2016); and Wunderbild at the National Gallery in Prague (2018).
Grosse currently lives and works in Berlin.