Katharina Grosse Studio Paintings, 1988–2022
Returns, Revisions, Inventions
Through January 23, 2023
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis
This exhibition explores Katharina Grosse’s studio-based paintings, from her earliest works in the 1990s to her most recent. The show highlights the role that thirty-seven paintings have played throughout her career in her experiments with the aesthetic potentials and physical and optical properties of color and paint.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2021 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Jens Ziehe
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
April 23–November 27, 2022
Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia
Created specifically for Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Katharina Grosse’s installation Apollo, Apollo features a composite image of the artist’s hands printed on a metallic mesh fabric draped across the floor and wall. Depicting a moment where boundaries—between the artist’s body and the flowing material, with its transparent, opaque, and reflective surfaces—blur, the work opens a gateway to a dreamlike world in which visitors question their own perceptions of reality and illusion. Produced within the framework of Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Hors-les-murs program, the exhibition is a collateral event of the 59th Biennale di Venezia.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Apollo, Apollo, Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, April 23–November 27, 2022. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild, Bonn, Germany 2022. Photo: Jens Ziehe
Wolke in Form eines Schwertes
April 1–September 4, 2022
Saarlandmuseum–Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken, Germany
This exhibition, whose title translates to Cloud in the Form of a Sword, highlights Katharina Grosse’s recent experimental working methods. Canvases incorporating branches, twigs, and driftwood are coated in paint, fusing the natural materials into sculptural structures. With gestural, colorful, and material force, the works reach far into the viewer’s space, resulting in multidimensional pictorial sites.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2020 (detail) © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany, 2022. Photo: Markus Wörgötter
La Couleur en fugue
May 4–August 29, 2022
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
This exhibition, whose title translates to Fugues in Color, features works where paint escapes the confines of the canvas, with color consuming surrounding spaces, including walls, floors, and ceilings. The diverse variations of color extend into the architecture in close interaction with the Frank Gehry–designed building. Work by Katharina Grosse and Steven Parrino is included.
Steven Parrino, Skeletal Implosion, 2001 © Steven Parrino, courtesy the Parrino Family Estate. Photo: Marc Domage
February 28–July 11, 2022
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
Katharina Grosse: Chill Seeping is presented on the occasion of SCAD deFINE ART 2022. The exhibition features works on canvas created since 2006 alongside an expansive site-related textile installation. The exhibition highlights Grosse’s relentless exploration of color and its agency in space, inviting viewers into an immersive dialogue with the environment.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Chill Seeping, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, February 28–July 11, 2022. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2022
Chill Seeping from the Walls Gets between Us
June 8, 2021–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
Helsinki Biennial: On the Shores of the Same Sea
June 12–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
May 7–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 2021
June 24–July 31, 2021
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
This exhibition visualizes significant productions, faces, and voices that have shaped the Bayerische Staatsoper, or the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich. Over the past thirteen years, writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge has filmed the goings-on at the renowned opera house under Nikolaus Bachler’s directorship. Work by artists including Georg Baselitz and Katharina Grosse are presented alongside Kluge’s video works and bring the interaction of the arts to the center of attention in an unconventional way.
Installation view, Sphinx Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, June 24–July 31, 2021. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021. Photo: Wilfried Hösl
Katharina Grosse in
Push the Limits
September 7, 2020–February 28, 2021
Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
Push the Limits is an exhibition that investigates how art probes cultural, geographical, sexual, social, and visual limits to expand horizons of thinking, perception, and speech. Each work on display is a push forward in a space where current codes of behavior are suspended and transformation becomes possible. Work by Katharina Grosse is included.
Katharina Grosse, The Horse Trotted a Little Bit Further, 2020, installation view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy, © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2021. Photo: courtesy Fondazione Merz
It Wasn’t Us
June 14, 2020–January 10, 2021
Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Katharina Grosse will use the historical hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof and the outdoor area behind the building as the site for a new work that radically destabilizes and renegotiates the existing order of the space of the museum. Incorporating the floor of the hall and Styrofoam sculptural elements as a pictorial ground, her painting will extend beyond the building’s walls and into public space, inviting us to reconsider our habits of seeing, thinking, and perceiving.
Katharina Grosse, It Wasn’t Us, 2020, installation view, Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2020. Photo: Jens Ziehe
Is It You?
March 1, 2020–January 3, 2021
Baltimore Museum of Art
For this exhibition Katharina Grosse presents five recent paintings and a new site-related environment. The central gallery is transformed with an expansive, immersive fabric installation that is partially suspended from the ceiling, creating a cloth “room” with vibrantly painted undulating walls.
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 in
Alexander Kluge: The Power of Music / The Opera: Temple of Seriousness
October 20, 2019–April 19, 2020
Kunsthalle Weishaupt and Museum Ulm, Germany
At the core of this exhibition was the power of music, which reaches special levels of expression in opera. The emotional power of socially relevant themes was explored through film, science, literature, and art, including work by Katharina Grosse.
Katharina Grosse, Stage 2—The Profit, 2019 © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2020
Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse
July 1, 2019–February 23, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jackson Pollock’s Mural (1943) is recognized as one of the pivotal achievements of the artist’s career, the moment when he left figuration behind, expanded the scale of his work, and started to develop his signature drip technique. The MFA has commissioned German artist Katharina Grosse to respond to this work, in an effort to demonstrate how the two artists have respectively transformed painting through their innovative techniques and approaches to massive scale.
Installation view, Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 1, 2019–February 23, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © 2020 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2020
Katharina Grosse × Gotthard Graubner
November 1, 2019–January 26, 2020
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
Work by Katharina Grosse is juxtaposed with work by Gotthard Graubner (1930–2013) to show how the two abstract artists from different generations adopted varied artistic approaches to color. Both artists spent time at the Düsseldorf Academy of the Arts during the 1980s.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2018 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Gesten in der Malerei
May 18–August 18, 2019
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland
In 1965 Roy Lichtenstein created his famous Brushstrokes and in doing so highlighted the fundamental elements of the image, such as the appearance of the colors and the pigment, the color fields and their limits, and not least the application of paint in the form of a gesture. This exhibition aims to explore the sheer range of gestures in contemporary painting. Work by Katharina Grosse, Roy Lichtenstein, and David Reed is included.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2011 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019
Katharina Grosse in
In Bester Gesellschaft
April 13–August 4, 2019
Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin
In bester Gesellschaft, which translates to In Good Company, presents a selection of the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett’s most important acquisitions from the past ten years, ranging from those dating to the late Middle Ages to recent works. Work by Katharina Grosse is included.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2014 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Katharina Grosse in
May 23, 2017–June 12, 2019
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
This exhibition of works from the first half of the nineteenth century brings together works from the collection of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden related to themes of forests, trees, and hunting. A monumental work by Katharina Grosse appears alongside these Romantic and early Realist paintings, acting as both a corrective to and shift away from the earlier work.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2015 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019
March 30–June 2, 2019
Guangzhou K11 Art Mall, China
Guangzhou’s K11 Art Mall hosts a major exhibition originally created by Katharina Grosse for Shanghai’s chi K11 art museum.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, November 10, 2018–February 24, 2019. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019. Photo: JJYPHOTO, courtesy K11 Art Foundation and Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
Amulet or He calls it chaos
March 9–June 1, 2019
500 Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco
This two-part exhibition uses sculpture, video, and painting as a way to restructure the narrative. Amulet or He calls it chaos chooses the illogical, philosophical, yet recognizable material world of magical realism, while also addressing the power and sensitivity of architecture, gender, politics, and mortality. Work by Katharina Grosse and Cindy Sherman is included.
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2017, installation view, Amulet or He calls it chaos, 500 Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco, March 9–June 1, 2019. Artwork © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019. Photo: Preston/Kalogiros
February 16, 2018–March 31, 2019
National Gallery, Prague
Katharina Grosse has been invited to develop a site-responsive work for the main hall of the Trade Fair Palace in the National Gallery, Prague. Wunderbild, which consists of two outsize paintings on cloth, hangs from the wall.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Wunderbild, National Gallery, Prague, February 16, 2018–March 31, 2019, commissioned by National Gallery Prague © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn, courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Gagosian, and König Gallery
November 10, 2018–February 24, 2019
chi K11 art museum, Shanghai
Katharina Grosse has been invited to create a major site-specific exhibition at chi K11 art museum. This is her first solo exhibition in China.
Installation view, Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, November 10, 2018–February 24, 2019 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018. Photo: JJYPHOTO, courtesy of K11 Art Foundation and Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
The World on Paper
September 27, 2018–January 7, 2019
PalaisPopulaire by Deutsche Bank, Berlin
This exhibition includes works on paper by 133 artists from thirty-four countries and explores the evolution of this medium from postwar modernism to the digital age. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Katharina Grosse is included.
Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05 (detail) © Ellen Gallagher