Katharina Grosse

°1961, Freiburg im Breisgau (DE) – lives and works in Düsseldorf and Berlin (DE)

Katharina Grosse is widely known for her in situ paintings, in which explosive color is sprayed directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes. She embraces the events and incidents that arise as she works, opening up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. Approaching painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity, she uses a spray gun, distancing the artistic act from the hand, and stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark.

For Grosse, there are no distinctions between painting, sculpture, and architecture. In addition to painting on canvases and over found materials like buildings and trees she also creates large polyurethane, Styrofoam, and cast-metal sculptures that act as abstract armatures for her paintings. In her most recent site-responsive paintings, Grosse has incorporated lengths of painted fabric, draped from the ceiling and spilling onto the floor, thus adding even more dimensionality to her immersive paintings.


Katharina Grosse
Katharina Grosse at K11 art museum, Shanghai, 2018. (Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation. Photo by JJYphoto)

Solo exhibitions include Helsinki Art Museum; K11 Art Foundation and chi K11 art museum, Shanghai; Carriageworks, Sydney; South London Gallery, London; Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; and Magasin III, Stockholm.

Her work is part of many public collections, such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Bern; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Istanbul Modern; QAGOMA, Brisbane; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Sprengel Museum; Hannover; and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela.

Katharina Grosse is represented by the following galleries;
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Konig Galerie, Berlin / London / Seoul

Gagosian, New York / London / Paris / Hong Kong / …

QC Gallery, Knokke

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

You can also discover plenty of Katharina Grosse’s work on her own website.




works by Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse - Heart and Hair, 2021

Katharina Grosse

Heart and Hair


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