Katharina Grosse Germany, b. 1961


Katharina Grosse (b. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, 1961) is a German artist who employs painting in monumental compositions and immersive site-specific installations. In the 1990s, Grosse began painting onto interior spaces directly, eventually acquiring a spray gun as her primary painting tool. By using the 'found material' of the museum or gallery space as her canvas, Grosse blurred the line between painting and sculpture with several major commissioned works at sites like the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Her paintings and immersive experiences evoke psychedelic imagery and non-figurative graffiti. Grosse’s work has been exhibited in international art fairs including the 2002 São Paulo Biennial and the 2006 Taipei Biennial. Grosse has been commissioned by the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011), the Public Art Fund, New York (2013) and MOMA PS1 (2016). Her work can be found in significant museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.