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Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse

German painter
Katharina Grosse
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Intro German painter
Is Painter Educator
From Germany
Type Arts Academia
Gender female
Birth 2 October 1961, Freiburg im Breisgau
Age 59 years
Star sign Libra
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Katharina Grosse (born 2 October 1961) is a German artist.

Life and education

Grosse was born in 1961 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany.

She studied at the art academies in Münster and Dusseldorf, taught at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee from 2000 to 2010, and has been a professor of painting at the Dusseldorf Art Academy since 2010.

Grosse lives and works in Berlin.


Institutional exhibitions

“Modedeparis,” Château de Servières, Marseille, France (1992); “Katharina Grosse,” Kunstverein Hochrhein, Bad Säckingen, Germany (1993); “Katharina Grosse,” Altes Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany (1994); ”Bildflächen-Malerei,” Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Germany (1996); “Sightspacific,” Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany (1998); “Katharina Grosse,” Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany (1998); “Die Farbe hat mich,” Kunstverein Bochum, Bochum, Germany (1999); “Cheese Gone Bad,” Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, USA (2000); “Szene Rheinland–Katharina Grosse,” Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany (2000); “Katharina Grosse,” Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju, South Korea (2001); “Hammer Projects: Katharina Grosse,” UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2001); Billboard, Auckland (2001); “Der weisse Saal trifft sich im Wald,” Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2002); “If Music No Good I No Dance,” Viafarini, Milan, Italy (2004); “Perspectives 143: Katharina Grosse,” CAMH–Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX, USA (2004); “Katharina Grosse,” SAFN - Contemporary Art Collection, Reykjavik, Island (2004); “Double Floor Painting,” Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark (2004); “Perspectives 143: Katharina Grosse,” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2004); “Infinite Logic Conference,” Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockhom, Sweden (2004); “Something Leadlight,” Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2005); “Constructions à cru,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); “Town and Country,” The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark(2006); “Cincy,” Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA (2006); “Holey Residue,” De Appel Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2006); “The Flowershow,” FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France (Part 1) (2007); “Atoms Outside Eggs,” Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto (2007); “Atoms Inside Ballons,” Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, USA (2007); Wall installation, Museum Bochum, Germany (2007); “Skrow No Repap,” FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2008); “Hello Little Butterfly I Love You What's Your Name,” ARKEN—Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen (2009); “Shadowbox,” Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany (2009); “stuntweed,” Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany (2009); “One Floor Up More Highly,” Mass MoCA, Massachusetts (2010); “In Seven Days Time,” permanent outdoor sculpture, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (2011); “Third Man Begins Digging Through Her Pockets,” MOCA, Cleveland (2012); “mein schreibtisch, das schneefeld,” Kurt-Kurt, Berlin, Germany (2013); “Two younger women come in and pull out a table,” De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, The Netherlands (2013); “WUNDERBLOCK,” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2013); “Just Two Of Us,” Public Art Fund, New York, NY, USA (2013); “Wer, Du? Wen, ich?,” Kunstmuseum Graz, Austria (2014); “Inside the Speaker,” Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2014); “Katharina Grosse,” Showroom of n.b.k., Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2014); “psychylustro,” City of Philadelphia Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2014); “yes no why later,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); “Seven Hours, Eight Rooms, Three Trees,” Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2015); Museum Frieder Burda, Germany (2016).

Gallery exhibitions

Mark Müller, Zurich, Switzerland (1996); Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany (1997); Petra Bungert Gallery, New York, NY, USA (1997); Todd Gallery, London, UK (1998); “Project space–Katharina Grosse,” Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (1998); Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany (1999); Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany (2000); Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich, Switzerland (2000); Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2001); “Katharina Grosse,” Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria (2001); “Katharina Grosse,” Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, Germany (2001); “Katharina Grosse,” Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany (2002); “Ich wüßte jetzt nichts,” Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel Germany (2002); “Inside the White Cube,” White Cube, London, UK (2002); “Cool Puppen,” Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany (2002); “Cool Puppen,” Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2002); “Katharina Grosse,” Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA (2003); “ohne sattel reiten II,” Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany (2003); “Punkbreite bewegt,” Mark Müller, Zurich, Switzerland (2003); “Fred-Thieler-Preis 2003,” Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2003); “Everything inside me is sprayed white,” Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria (2004); “Some Atlas,” Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal (2004); “quote of the day,” Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany (2005); “Bee Troot,” Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA (2005); “Chromicum Alumen Comp.,” Solvent Space, Richmond, VA, USA (2005); “INCAMERA,” Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany (2006); “Faux Rocks,” Galerìa Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (2006); “Taxi und Tour,” Mark Müller, Zurich, Switzerland (2006): “quote of the day,” Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany (2006); “This Is Not My Cat,” Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2007); “The Surburban,” Chicago, IL, USA (2007); “Picture Park,” Queensland Art Gallery South Bank, Brisbane, Australia (2007); “Another Man Who Has Dropped His Paintbrush–Un altro uomo che ha fatto sgocciolare il suo pennello,” Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy (2008); “The Greedy I,” Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich, Switzerland (2009); “Blut baut das Herz,” Galerie Nächst St.Stephan, Vienna, Austria (2009); “Come Nino Come,” Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (2010); “MÄNNER SOLLEN FRAUEN WOLLEN,” Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany (2012); “Can You Spell Mixing,” Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); “They Had Taken Things Along To Eat Together,” KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2012); “Psychopapier,” KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2013); “Snakes lie between her and the shore,” Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria (2013); “Die Ball,” Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich, Switzerland (2014); “Ihr Verhalten steht im Widerspruch zu ihrer ziemlich heruntergekommenen Kleidung,” Oskar Schlemmer Award, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany (2014);“The Smoking Kid,” KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2015); Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, Germany (2016); and Gagosian (2017).

Biennials (Selection)

  • 56th Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2015)
  • 6a VentoSul - Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil (2011)
  • Quadriennale 2010, Dusseldorf, Germany (2010)
  • Prospect.1, New Orleans Biennial, LA, USA (2008)
  • Taipei Biennial (2006)
  • 25th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2002)
  • 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998)

Public Commissions (Selection)

  • Rockaway!, for MoMA PS1, Fort Tilden, NY (2016)
  • Untitled, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA (commissioned by the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center) (2016)
  • Untitled, Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Berlin (commissioned by Federal Republic of Germany for House of Representatives) (2015)
  • Untitled, The Cologne Public Transport Company - KVB, stop Chlodwigplatz , Cologne (2015)
  • Untitled, Ehrenhof Dusseldorf (2014)
  • Just Two Of Us, MetroTech Commons, Public Art Fund, New York (2013)
  • Blue Orange, Vara Bahnhof, Sweden (2012 design)
  • Seven Days Time, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011)
  • Untitled, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (2003)

Gallery representation

Grosse is represented by Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna, König Galerie in Berlin, and Gagosian.


Grosse's work is featured in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, as well as major corporate collections such as AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Bank of America Art Collection, UBS Art Collection, Siemens Arts Program, The Deutsche Bank Collection, Belgacom (Brussels, Belgium), Helvetia Collection, Switzerland, and Facebook.


Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships

  • Otto-Ritschl-Kunstpreis (2015)
  • Oskar-Schlemmer-Award, Great State Prize for Visual Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg (2014)
  • Fred Thieler Award, Berlin (2003)
  • Andy Warhol Residency Award, Headlands Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA (2002)
  • Artist in Residence at Elam School of Fine Art program, Auckland, New Zealand (2001)
  • The Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program, Marfa, TX, USA (1999 )
  • Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Germany (1995)
  • Schmidt-Rottluff Stipend, Germany (1993)
  • Villa Romana Prize, Florence, Italy (1992)



  • Katharina Grosse. Museum Frieder Burda. Contributions by Helmut Friedel and Katrin Dillkofer (both in German), Cologne, 2016.
  • Katharina Grosse: Seven Hours, Eight Voices, Three Trees. Museum Wiesbaden. Contributions by Ann Cotten, Dustin Breitenwischer, Jörg Daur, Alexander Klar, Sally McGrane, Teresa Präauer, Annika Reich, Monika Rinck, Cologne, 2015.
  • psychylustro. City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Contributions by Douglas Ashford, Anthony Elms, Jane Golden, Daniel Marcus, Elizabeth Thomas, Cologne 2015.
  • Inside the Speaker. Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf. Contributions by Dustin Breitenwischer, Philipp Kaiser, Ulrich Loock, Beat Wismer, Cologne 2014.
  • Wer, ich? Wen, Du?. Kunsthaus Graz, Austria. Contributions by Peter Pakesch, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Adam Budak, Graz 2014.
  • Katharina Grosse. Monograph. Contributions and published by Ulrich Loock, Annika Reich, Katharina Grosse, Cologne 2013.
  • WUNDERBLOCK, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, USA. Contributions by Jeremy Strick, Catherine Craft, Dallas 2013.
  • One floor up more highly. MASS MoCA, MA, North Adams, USA. Contribution by Susan Cross, Massachusetts 2012.
  • Eat child eat. Contribution by Ulrich Wilmes, Berlin, 2011.
  • Transparent Eyeballs. Quadriennale 2010, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf. Contributions by Gregor Jansem, Annika Reich, Uwe Vetter, Dusseldorf 2011.
  • Barbara und Katharina Grosse. Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg. Contributions by Walter von Lucadou, Isabel Herda, Nuremberg 2010.
  • Atoms Inside Balloons. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, ILL, USA. Contributions by David Hilbert, Nana Last and Hamza Walker, Chicago 2009.
  • Shadowbox. Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. Contributions by Laura Bieger, Katja Blomberg, Uta Degner, Antje Dietze, Alexander Koch, Gerd G. Kopper, Cologne 2009.
  • Ich wünsche mir ein grosses Atelier im Zentrum der Stadt. Contributions by Georg Augustin, Laura Bieger, Andreas Denk, Ulrich Loock, Philip Ursprung, Baden, Switzerland 2009.
  • The Flowershow / SKROW NO REPAP. FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand. Contribution by Jean-Charles Vergne, Cologne 2008.
  • Another Man Who Has Dropped his Paintbrush. Galleria Civica di Modena. Contributions by Arno Brandlhuber & Katharina Grosse, Milovan Farronato, Angela Vettese, Cologne 2008.
  • Atoms Outside Eggs. Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Fundação de Serralves), Porto. Contributions by Leonhard Emmerling, Ulrich Loock, Porto 2007.
  • The Poise of the Head und die anderen folgen. Kunstmuseum Bochum. Contributions by Hans Gunther Golinski and Katharina Grosse, Nuremberg 2007.
  • Picture Park. Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. Contributions by Nicholas Chambers, Robert Leonard, Brisbane 2007.
  • Holey Residue. de Appel, Amsterdam. Contribution by Janneke Wesseling, Amsterdam 2006.
  • Double Floor Painting. Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark. Contributions by Lene Burkard, Tor Nørretranders, Cecilie Bepler, Odense 2004.
  • Infinite Logic Conference. Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden. Contributions by Richard Julin, Lars Mikael Raattamaa, Stockholm 2004.
  • Katharina Grosse. Fred Thieler Preis für Malerei 2003. Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. Contribution by Armin Zweite, Berlin 2003.
  • Cool Puppen / Der weisse Saal trifft sich im Wald / Ich wüsste jetzt nichts. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel. Contributions by Marion Ackermann, Beate Ermacora, Jonathan Watkins, Roland Wäspe, Wolfratshausen 2002.
  • Katharina Grosse. Kunstverein Ruhr. Contribution by Peter Friese, Essen 2002.
  • Location, Location, Location. Contributions by Steffen Bodekker, Roman Kurzmeyer, Judy Millar, Retrograde Strategies Cooperative, Angela Schneider, Beat Wismer, Dusseldorf, 2002.

Articles and interviews

  • Bieger, Laura. “Wenn Häuser wollen,” in Ich wünsche mir ein grosses Atelier im Zentrum der Stadt, Baden, Switzerland 2009, pp.82-86.
  • de Chassey, Eric. “Katharina Grosse,” in Vitamin P. New Perspectives in Painting, London/New York 2002, pp. 130-133.
  • Christofori, Ralf. “Farbenangst – Erhabenes Gefühl: Katharina Grosse in Heilbronn,” in FAZ (16 February 1998).
  • Denk, Andreas. “Kunst Raum Katalysator. Eine Begegnung,” in Ich wünsche mir ein grosses Atelier im Zentrum der Stadt, Baden, Switzerland 2009, pp.128–132
  • Ebony, David. “chromatic theater,” in Art in America, no. 8, September 2011, pp. 96-103.
  • Elben, Georg. “Entfernung und Nähe – Das Wandbild von Katharina Grosse im Telekomgebäude von Wesel,” in Katharina Grosse, Telekom-Niederlassung Wesel, Dusseldorf 1995.
  • Ermen, Reinhard. “Katharina Grosse: Malerei,” in Kunstforum International, vol. 140, April/Jun 1998, pp. 408.
  • Fuchs, Rainer. “Malerei als Beziehungsspiel - Anmerkungen zu Katharina Grosse,” in Parkett, no. 63, 2001, pp. 154-162.
  • Hübl, Michael. “Farbe ohne Grenzen,” in Kunstforum International, no. 176, Jun-August 2005, pp. 382-383.
  • Hug, Cathérine. “Chromophilia,” in EINEmagazine, no. 4, Vienna 2012, pp. 128-135.
  • Imdahl, Georg. “Die beißende Farbe hat mich,” in Die Farbe hat mich. Positionen zur nicht-gegenständlichen Malerei. Published by Michael Fehr, Essen 2000, pp. 83-86.
  • Jonas-Edel, Andrea. “Über Katharina Grosse,” in Artist Kunstmagazin, no. 30, 1997, pp.18-21.
  • Köhnen, Ralph. “Riskante Systeme,” in Laubacher Feuilleton, no. 9, Munich 1994.
  • Köhnen, Ralph. “Vom System zum Rhizom,” in Künstler, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Ausgabe 66, Munich 2004.
  • Kurzmeyer, Roman. “The look that has become painting,” in Katharina Grosse, Nuremberg 1998, pp. 36-39.
  • Kurzmeyer, Roman. “Reflexiv,” in Parkett, no. 74, New York / Zurich 2005, pp. 140- 143.
  • Lavrador, Judicaël. “New Orleans/exterior," in Qu’est-ce que l’art aujourd’hui?, Paris 2009, pp. 242.
  • Lunn, Felicity. “Katharina Grosse,” Artforum, vol. 41, no. 5, Jan. 2003, pp. 146.
  • Luz, Kathrin. “Gedanken an die Wand gesprüht. Katharina Grosse,” Iserlohn Dornbracht Culture Projects, vol. 1, June 2003, pp. 24-33.
  • Maier, Ati. “Katharina Grosse,” BOMB Magazine, no. 115, Spring 2011, pp. 68-76.
  • Martens, Anne. “Katharina Grosse,” Flash Art, vol. 36, no. 231, July-September 2003, pp. 119-120.
  • Mitchell, Charles. “K. Grosse at Petra Bungert,” Art In America, September 1997.
  • Müller, Sabine Elsa. "Katharina Grosse. To me the world is more like an everchanging fluid which I am part of," Kunstforum International Bd. 226 - Juni 2014 - Obsessionen II, Roßdorf, 2014, pp.156-171.
  • Müller-Tamm Pia. “Katharina Grosse,” in K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Cologne, 2005, pp. 84-85.
  • Neri, Louise. “Katharina Grosse,” in Antipodes. Inside the White Cube, Cologne 2003, pp. 58-69.
  • Nickas, Bob. “Painting Abstraction,” in New Elements in Abstract Painting, New York, 2009, pp. 352.
  • Obrist, Hans Ulrich. “Orly. Ein Gespräch mit Katharina Grosse,” in Parkett, no. 74, New York / Zurich 2005, pp. 126-133.
  • Peschke, Marc. “Farbe transformiert Material,” ARTMAPP, no. 6, Hamburg 2014, pp.182-183.
  • Petersen, Anne Ring. “Painting Spaces," in Contemporary Painting in Context, Copenhagen 2010, pp. 131-137.
  • Pfleger, Susanne. “Über die Malerei von Katharina Grosse,” in Kunstpreis Villa Romana Florenz, Florence 1992, p. 26.
  • Ragona, Melissa. “Katharina Grosse: lush irreverence,” in Art Papers, vol. 32, no.5, Sept-Oct 2008, pp. 38-47.
  • Rönnau, Jens. “Katharina Grosse,” in Kunstforum International, no. 164, March-May 2003, pp. 287-280.
  • Ryan, David. “David Ryan on Katharina Grosse and Karin Sander: transverse space,” Contemporary Visual Arts (U.K.), no. 27, 2000, pp. 32-37.
  • Schröer, Carl-Friedrich. “Malerei als zeitloser Dialog,” Art. Das Kunstmagazin, 10/1993, pp. 69.
  • Schwabsky, Barry. “Katharina Grosse,” Artforum, vol. 50, no. 7, March 2012, pp. 283.
  • Schweighöfer, Kerstin. “Die Befreiung der Malerei,” Art. Das Kunstmagazin, pt. 9, September 2005, pp. 52-61.
  • Seifermann, Ellen. “The sensual presence of colour,” in Katharina Grosse, Nuremberg 1998, pp.4-7.
  • Ursprung, Philip. “A Face in the Crowd. Katharina Grosses Künstlerhaus,” ARCH+. Zeitschrift für Architektur und Städtebau, 201/202, March 2011, pp. 162-169.
  • Volk, Gregory. “Ungehemmtes Denken im öffentlichen Raum. Die Architekturmalerei der Katharina Grosse,” Parkett, no. 74, New York / Zurich 2005, pp. 118-123.
  • Watkins, Jonathan. “Katharina Grosse in Conversation with Jonathan Watkins // 2002,” in Painting – Documents of Contemporary Art, Cambridge 2011, pp. 161-162.
  • Wiensowski, Ingeborg. “Reine Nebelschau,” SPIEGELreporter Nr. 7, Juli 2000, pp.138.
  • Zweite, Armin. “Colour, Form, Format. 12 notes on Katharina Grosse,” in Katharina Grosse, Nuremberg 1998, pp. 52-65.

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