Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse (born 2 October 1961) is a German artist. As an artist, Grosse's work employs a use of architecture, sculpture and painting. She is known for her large-scale, site-related installations to create immersive visual experiences. She has been using an industrial paint-sprayer to apply prismatic swaths of color to a variety of surfaces since the late 1990s, and often uses bright, unmixed sprayed-on acrylic paints to create both large-scale sculptural elements and smaller wall works.

Katharina Grosse
Born (1961-10-02) 2 October 1961 (age 58)
EducationAcademy of Fine Arts Münster Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Life and educationEdit

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

She studied at the art academies in Münster and Düsseldorf, taught at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee from 2000 to 2010, and has been a professor of painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy since 2010.[1][self-published source]

Grosse lives and works in Berlin.

Public commissions (selected)Edit

  • Untitled, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (2003)[2]
  • Seven Days Time, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011)[3]
  • Blue Orange, Vara Bahnhof, Sweden (2012 design)[4]
  • Just Two Of Us, MetroTech Commons, Public Art Fund, New York (2013)[5]
  • Untitled, Ehrenhof Düsseldorf (2014)
  • Untitled, The Cologne Public Transport Company - KVB, stop Chlodwigplatz, Cologne (2015)
  • Untitled, Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Berlin (commissioned by Federal Republic of Germany for House of Representatives) (2015)
  • Untitled, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA (commissioned by the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center) (2016)[6]
  • Rockaway!, for MoMA PS1, Fort Tilden, NY (2016)[7]
  • Mural, for Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, NY (2019) [8]


Grosse's work is held in the following permanent collections:


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

Publications (catalogues)Edit

  • Location, Location, Location. Contributions by Steffen Bodekker, Roman Kurzmeyer, Judy Millar, Retrograde Strategies Cooperative, Angela Schneider, Beat Wismer, Düsseldorf, 2002.
  • Katharina Grosse. Kunstverein Ruhr. Contribution by Peter Friese, Essen 2002.
  • 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. Fred Thieler Preis für Malerei 2003. Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. Contribution by Armin Zweite, Berlin 2003.
  • Infinite Logic Conference. Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden. Contributions by Richard Julin, Lars Mikael Raattamaa, Stockholm 2004.
  • Double Floor Painting. Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark. Contributions by Lene Burkard, Tor Nørretranders, Cecilie Bepler, Odense 2004.
  • Holey Residue. de Appel, Amsterdam. Contribution by Janneke Wesseling, Amsterdam 2006.
  • Picture Park. Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. Contributions by Nicholas Chambers, Robert Leonard, Brisbane 2007.
  • The Poise of the Head und die anderen folgen. Kunstmuseum Bochum. Contributions by Hans Gunther Golinski and Katharina Grosse, Nuremberg 2007.
  • Atoms Outside Eggs. Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Fundação de Serralves), Porto. Contributions by Leonhard Emmerling, Ulrich Loock, Porto 2007.
  • Another Man Who Has Dropped his Paintbrush. Galleria Civica di Modena. Contributions by Arno Brandlhuber & Katharina Grosse, Milovan Farronato, Angela Vettese, Cologne 2008.
  • The Flowershow / SKROW NO REPAP. FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand. Contribution by Jean-Charles Vergne, Cologne 2008.
  • 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.
  • Shadowbox. Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. Contributions by Laura Bieger, Katja Blomberg, Uta Degner, Antje Dietze, Alexander Koch, Gerd G. Kopper, Cologne 2009.
  • 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.
  • Barbara und Katharina Grosse. Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg. Contributions by Walter von Lucadou, Isabel Herda, Nuremberg 2010.
  • Transparent Eyeballs. Quadriennale 2010, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Contributions by Gregor Jansem, Annika Reich, Uwe Vetter, Düsseldorf 2011.
  • Eat child eat. Contribution by Ulrich Wilmes, Berlin, 2011.
  • One floor up more highly. MASS MoCA, MA, North Adams, USA. Contribution by Susan Cross, Massachusetts 2012.
  • Wunderblock, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, USA. Contributions by Jeremy Strick, Catherine Craft, Dallas 2013.
  • Katharina Grosse. Monograph. Contributions and published by Ulrich Loock, Annika Reich, Katharina Grosse, Cologne 2013.
  • Wer, ich? Wen, Du?. Kunsthaus Graz, Austria. Contributions by Peter Pakesch, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Adam Budak, Graz 2014.
  • Inside the Speaker. Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf. Contributions by Dustin Breitenwischer, Philipp Kaiser, Ulrich Loock, Beat Wismer, Cologne 2014.
  • psychylustro. City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Contributions by Douglas Ashford, Anthony Elms, Jane Golden, Daniel Marcus, Elizabeth Thomas, Cologne 2015.
  • 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.
  • Katharina Grosse. Museum Frieder Burda. Contributions by Helmut Friedel and Katrin Dillkofer (both in German), Cologne, 2016.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Katharina Grosse. http://www.katharinagrosse.com. Retrieved 5 January 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Toronto Airports Authority commissions art for new terminal building at Pearson Airport". California Aviation Alliance. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ "KATHARINA GROSSE: IN SEVEN DAYS TIME". Kunstmuseum Bonn. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ Julin, Richard. "Blue Orange - Katharina Grosse". Public Art Agency Sweden. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Katharina Grosse: Just Two of Us". Public Art Fun. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Installation by Katharina Grosse". Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Rockaway! at Fort Tilden". MoMA PS1. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Mural at MFA". MFA. Retrieved 25 November 2019.