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Katharina Grosse

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 Infinite Logic Conference, 2003, Acrylic paint, dry wall, corrugated plastic, 950 x 895 x 320 (500 max) cm

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“Spray pistol and paintbrush are Katharina Grosse’s painting tools; her supports, stretched canvas, paper strips, walls, and ceilings.  Differences run parallel in Grosse’s endeavours.  She uses the same painting techniques in different contexts, superimposes and combines spray painting and brushstroke in the same pictures, and intentionally suspends the distinction between picture-orientated and installative painting.” (Rainer Fuchs, “Painting: A Game of Relations - notes on Katharina Grosse, Parkett #63, p. 159)

German artist Katharina Grosse first arrived in New Zealand from Germany in late February 2001.  Working as Artist in Residence at Elam School of Fine Art (University of Auckland) she created an exhibition for George Fraser Gallery  and significantly, the largest painting ever completed in New Zealand - an enormous outdoor billboard work measuring 6 x 20  metres at Upper Queen St.

Grosse first gained attention in the mid nineties and has exhibited steadily since with a range of installation works and more traditional paintings on canvas, paper and aluminium.  Her unusual use of colour and technique has resulted in a reputation internationally as one of the hottest  painters to watch.  

Her sprayed wall paintings have been seen in Milan and Vienna as well as Sydney and Korea.  Although often indoor works, these are not restricted purely to gallery spaces - corridors and stairwells and other through spaces are used to constrain and direct the viewer both physically and visually through the work.  They have “…a way of filling the space like sound, spreading their often dissonant vibrations beyond the borders of the works and resonating in every part of the room.” (Sabine Russ, Katharina Grosse, Hammer Projects, Los Angeles, 2001 - 2002)  Grosse relishes each new project and commission for its unique blend of architecture, geography and social context, and combines these elements into each new work.

Katharina Grosse

1961 born in Freiburg/ Breisgau, Germany

Lives and works in Düsseldorf And Berlin, Germany


Katharina Grosse is represented by Galerie Conrads since 1995

Solo Exhibitions

Infinite Logic Conference, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konstall, Stockholm*
Galerie nächts St. Stephan, Vienna
Kunshallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
SAFN, Reykjavik
Galerie Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Via Farini, Milan

Fred-Thieler-Preis, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles
Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf
Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich

2002 (*)
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (*)
Inside the White Cube, White Cube, London
Kunsthalle zu Kiel

Billboard, Auckland
Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju, South-Korea
Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen

Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich (since 1995)
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg

Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn (*)
Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich
Chinati Foundation Marfa, Texas

Kunstverein Heilbronn
Todd Gallery, London
Projektraum, Kunsthalle Bern
Sightspacific, Kunstverein Bremerhaven

Petra Bungert Gallery, New York
Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf (since 1995)

Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck

Group Exhibitions

Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Final Cuts, Union, London
deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
There’s no land but the land, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe
3D, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
German Contemporary Art, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea
New abstract painting – painting abstract now. Abstraktion in der neuen Malerei, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen
Soziale Fassaden u.a., Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Grazie, Stiftung Schloß Dyck, Jüchen
„PAINTING4“, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham
Process, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

25a Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
Urgent Painting, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Minibienal do Chile, Santiago de Chile

milano europa 2000, PAC, Milano
Ex(o)DUS, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
Casino 2001, SMAK, Gent

Zeitwenden, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
Bleibe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Das Gedächtnis der Malerei, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau
Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Dr. Paint, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt am Main

Chroma, Malerei der neunziger Jahre, Kunsthalle Nurnberg
Viereck und Kosmos, Amden und Kunsthaus Glarus
Ausloten: Fünf Positionen autonomer Malerei, Kunstverein Göttingen (*)
Selections Fall '99, The Drawing Center, New York
Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn

Every Day, 11th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney

Abstraction/Abstractions – Geómétries Provisoires, Musée d´Art Moderne Saint-Etienne
Topping Out, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn

Farbe – Malerei der 90er Jahre, Kunstmuseum Bonn (*)

Karo Dame, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendiaten, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (*)


Katharina Grosse. Infinite Logic Conference, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm 2004, Essay by Lars Mikael Raattamaa.

Katharina Grosse. Double Floor Painting, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense 2004, Essay by Tor Nørretranders and an interview by Cecilie Bepler.

Köhnen, Ralph: From System to Rhizome, in: Künstler, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Ausgabe 66, Munich 2004.

Katharina Grosse. Fred Thieler Preis für Malerei 2003, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 2003, with a laudation of Armin Zweite.

Katharina Grosse, exhibition catalogue Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen 2002, Essay by Peter Friese.

Katharina Grosse, Location, Location, Location, Dusseldorf 2002, Essays by Beat Wismer, Steffen Boddeker, Angela Schneider, Retrograde Strategies Cooperative, Judy Millar and Roman Kurzmeyer.

Katharina Grosse, Cool Puppen, exhibition catalogue Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Wolfratshausen 2002. Essays by Jonathan Watkins, Marion Ackermann, Roland Wäspe and Beate Ermacora.

Vitamin P. New Perspectives in Painting, New York 2002, Essay by Eric de Chassey.

Fuchs, Rainer: Painting – A Game of Relation – Notes on Katharina Grosse, in: Parkett, Nr. 63, 2001, S. 154-162.

Katharina Grosse, exhibition catalogue Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Bonn 1999. Essays by Nikola Doll and Christoph Schreier.

Ausloten: Fünf Positionen autonomer Malerei, exhibition catalogue Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen 1999, with an essay by Roman Kurzmeyer.

Katharina Grosse, Nurnberg 1998. Essays by Roman Kurzmeyer, Ellen Seifermann and Armin Zweite.

Farbe – Malerei der 90er Jahre, exhibition catalogue Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn 1996, with an essay by Justus Jonas-Edel.

Katharina Grosse, catalogue Schmidt-Rottluff Stiftung, Dusseldorf 1995. Essay by Andreas Denk.



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