Katharina Grosse

Born in Freiburg/Breisgau, 1961

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.

Katharine Grosse: Canyon
Canyon is a new work by Katharina Grosse. This installation is the latest artist commission by the Fondation, and comes after works by Olafur Eliasson, Ellsworth Kelly and Adrián Villar Rojas inspired by the architecture of the Frank Gehry building.
05 Oct 2022
Fondation Louis Vuitton
A group exhibitions collecting the main editions produced for the art space over the years
11 Sep 2020 - 18 Dec 2020
Katharina Grosse, Tatiana Trouvé
The second exhibition for the newly-inaugurated venue of Gagosian in Basel
13 Sep 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
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