Katharina Grosse: Canyon
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Canyon (2022), a new work by Katharina Grosse, will be on view at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris beginning October 5, 2022. Inspired by and in dialogue with the architecture of the Frank Gehry–designed building, this latest commission by the Fondation is composed of eight spray-painted aluminum sheets connected to a beam. The work is a response to Grosse’s question: “How can a painting appear in a space with no floor and no walls, where air, light, flow, and energies circulate?” It is a reference to the characteristics of the “canyon”—the name given to the void that is visible inside the Fondation Louis Vuitton building from the ground up.
Katharina Grosse, Canyon, 2022 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany/ADAGP, Paris, 2022. Photo: Jens Ziehe, courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
In 2016, MoMA PS1 invited Katharina Grosse to transform an abandoned building at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, New York, into an artwork using her technique of spraying brightly colored paint directly onto the structure. In this video, produced by the museum and featuring footage of the work being made, Grosse explains the concepts and process behind the project, and her interest in color and scale.
Still from “Katharina Grosse: Rockaway!”