Widely known for her in situ paintings, in which explosive color is sprayed directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, Katharina Grosse embraces the events and incidents that arise as she works, opening up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. Approaching painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity, she uses a spray gun, distancing the artistic act from the hand, and stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark.
Created in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Artist Spotlight series highlights individual artists, one week at a time, whose exhibitions have been affected by the health crisis. A single artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.
Artist Spotlight: Katharina Grosse features a recent work from the artist’s studio. For more information, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Katharina Grosse: The Movement Comes from Outside
Katharina Grosse discusses her exhibition Is It You? at the Baltimore Museum of Art with Jona Lueddeckens. They consider what sets the Baltimore installation apart from its predecessors, and how Grosse sees the relationship of the human body to her immersive environments as opposed to her canvases.
Katharina Grosse: I see what she did there
On the occasion of the artist’s exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Terry R. Myers muses on the manipulations of time in Grosse’s work.
Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud
We take a visual tour through Katharina Grosse’s Mumbling Mud and the installation process behind it as the artist discusses the effects of the work’s merging of built and painted space.
Trouvé and Grosse: Villa Medici
Tatiana Trouvé and Katharina Grosse discuss their exhibition Le numerose irregolarità, at the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici, with curator Chiara Parisi.
Katharina Grosse at Carriageworks
On the occasion of Katharina Grosse’s latest in situ painting The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then It Stopped, at Carriageworks, Sydney, a series of video interviews with the artist was created.
An interview between Katharina Grosse and Louise Neri. The two discuss Grosse’s process and examine the countless perceptual possibilities of her medium.
Friday, May 7, 2021, 1pm EDT
Join the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society for a virtual conversation between Katharina Grosse and the museum’s interim chief curator and curator of contemporary art, Margaret Andera. The pair will discuss Grosse’s Untitled (2019), which the museum recently acquired. The painting is the first work by the artist to enter the collection as well as the first by a female artist in the museum’s collection of contemporary German paintings. To attend the event, register at us02web.zoom.us.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2019 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021
Eric N. Mack
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 6pm EST
Using the exhibition Katharina Grosse: Is It You? at the Baltimore Museum of Art as a starting point, Grosse and fellow artist Eric N. Mack will discuss the intersections of their practices, processes, and inspirations. The talk will be moderated by critic and art historian Molly Warnock as part of the museum’s Violet Hour series. To watch the live conversation, visit BMA’s Facebook.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Is It You?, Baltimore Museum of Art, March 1, 2020–January 3, 2021. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2020. Photo: Mitro Hood, courtesy Baltimore Museum of Art
Katharina Grosse and Alexander Kluge
with Joachim Bernauer and Julia Draganović
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 1pm EST (7pm CET)
Katharina Grosse will speak with writer, theorist, and filmmaker Alexander Kluge about his writings on Leibniz’s theory of the “separatrix” and its key impact on her new body of watercolors and paintings on canvas, on view at Gagosian, Rome, through January 7. The conversation will be moderated by special guests Joachim Bernauer, director of Goethe-Institut Italien, and Julia Draganović, director of Accademia Tedesca Roma Villa Massimo, Rome. For this online discussion, Bernauer and Draganović will be speaking live from the gallery while Grosse and Kluge will join remotely. To join, complete this form.
Still from Alexander Kluge’s film Separatrix (2020), featuring Katharina Grosse’s painting Untitled (2019)
Katharina Grosse in
Helsinki Biennial: On the Shores of the Same Sea
Through September 26, 2021
Various sites on Vallisaari Island and on mainland Helsinki
The inaugural Helsinki Biennial brings contemporary art to the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island, a short ferry ride from mainland Helsinki. Artworks are installed along a three-kilometer-long trail and inside the island’s historical buildings, as well as on the mainland. Exploring themes of interconnectedness and mutual dependence, the biennial includes work by forty artists and collectives from Finland and around the world, including Katharina Grosse, who converted Vallisaari’s old derelict school building and its surroundings into a painting.
Katharina Grosse, Shutter Splinter, 2021, installation view, Helsinki Biennial, June 12–September 26, 2021. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021. Photo: Hans Grosse
Through September 19, 2021
Albertina Modern, Vienna
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exhibition features more than a hundred contemporary artworks from the Albertina’s collection organized into seven different “chapters” conceived as independent yet loosely connected “worlds.” Work by Georg Baselitz, Katharina Grosse, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Albert Oehlen, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.
Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz
Chill Seeping from the Walls Gets between Us
Through January 23, 2022
Helsinki Art Museum
Katharina Grosse is taking over the main exhibition halls on the museum’s upper level with two new installations, one of which has been painted on-site. Focusing on painting as a process and intervention, she transforms the exhibition spaces into artworks engaging in an active correspondence with the architecture, where visitors become participants as they move through her boldly colored installations.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Chill Seeping from the Walls Gets between Us, Helsinki Art Museum, June 8, 2021–January 23, 2022. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021. Photo: Hanna Kukorelli/HAM Helsinki Art Museum
Katharina Grosse in
Collezione MAXXI. Lo spazio dell’immagine
Opened November 21, 2018
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
The spirit and the identity of the museum are being renewed with a display of more than thirty works by twenty-six artists. Dedicated to the museum’s new acquisitions, this group show aims to create a counterpoint between the abstract and the figurative. Work by Katharina Grosse is included.
Katharina Grosse, Ingres Wood Seven, 2017 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019 Photo: Jens Ziehe