Katharina Grosse was born in 1961 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany. Grosse is a painter who often employs electrifying sprayed acrylic colors to create large-scale sculptural environments and smaller wall works. Interested in the shifts of scale between ‘imagining big’ while being small in relationship to one’s surroundings, she explores the dynamic interplay between observing the world and simply being in it. By uniting a fluid perception of landscape with the ordered hierarchy of painting, Grosse treats both architecture and the natural world as an armature for expressive compositions of dreamy abandon, humorous juxtaposition, and futuristic flair. Her projects often suggest complex narratives through the inclusion of everyday objects, psychedelic vistas, and evocative titles. By building up layers of color with an expressive immediacy, she enables her work to become a material record of its own making and, perhaps, an inscription of her thoughts. But, Grosse says, “I am the painting trickster. Don’t believe me!” Katharina Grosse studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she currently teaches, having previously been a professor at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (2000–10). Among the honors she has received are the Oskar Schlemmer Prize (2014); Fred-Thieler-Preis (2003); Stipendiaten der Stiftung Kunstfonds (1995); Schmidt-Rottluff-Stipendium (1993); and the Villa-Romana-Stipendium, Florence (1992). Major exhibitions of Grosse’s work have appeared at Public Art Fund (2013); Nasher Sculpture Center (2013); De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands (2013); MOCA Cleveland (2012); Mass MoCA (2010); Arken—Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen (2009); Prospect New Orleans (2008); Renaissance Society (2007); De Appel, Amsterdam (2006); Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (2006); Taipei Biennial (2006); Bergen Kunsthall (2005); Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (2004); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2004); São Paulo Bienal (2002); and the Hammer Museum (2001), among others. Katharina Grosse lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Katharina Grosse
Freiburg/Breisgau, 1961

Current Exhibitions

Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud

chi K11 art museum

10 Nov — 24 Feb
The artist has been invited to create a major site-specific exhibition at chi K11 art museum. This is her first solo exhibition in China. Divided into five zones at chi K11 art museum, “Mumbling...
22 Sep — 15 Dec
The collective exhibition I Am a Crack, I Want to Tear Through Walls (Ich bin ein Riss ich will durch Wände gehen) features different art positions which dealt with the issue of space, showing works from the Sammlung Peters-Messer...

The World on Paper


27 Sep — 07 Jan
The World on Paper is the opening collective exhibition of PalaisPopulaire, which features works from the Deutsche Bank Collection. The selection explores the special fascination exerted by paper on artists since post-war modernism...

Past Exhibitions

Katharina Grosse: This Drove my Mother up the Wall

South London Gallery
28/09/2017 — 03/12/2017


König Galerie
14/09/2016 — 30/09/2017

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Freiburg/Breisgau Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1961