Katharina Grosse - Inside the Speaker

Katharina Grosse, Inside the Speaker, 2014, Acryl auf Stoff und Erde / acrylic on fabric and soil, ca. 4,6 x 18,7 x 41,1 m, Installationsansicht / installation view, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Courtesy Johann König, Berlin
© Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 / Foto: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

30 September 2014 – 1 February 2015

The internationally renowned artist Katharina Grosse (*1961), who lives in Berlin and teaches at the Academy of Art Düsseldorf, has explored the expressive potential of the medium of photography for over two decades. In the process, her work has reflected not only upon the impact of colours on the viewer, but also upon a radically new definition of the relationship between colour and picture ground.

For one of the exhibition halls of Museum Kunstpalast the painter is conceiving and creating an impressive walk-in installation measuring nearly 800 square metres, using masses of soil, colour and panels of fabric. A second exhibition hall focuses on her paintings: Like her installations, her canvases measuring up to 36 square metres take on considerable proportions and burst into the space with their colour expansions.

The artist thinks and acts in colour. She interacts with and against the exhibition space and expands into it by using a variety of materials, such as soil and panels of fabric, as is the case in this exhibition. All of these forms make up structures which defy the homogeneity of the architectural space with its defined coordinates of height, width and depth, and thus establish a separate reality within it. The installation consists of creases and shifts, waves and oblique planes, requiring a new kind of orientation and awareness on the part of the viewer. Visitors of the exhibition will come upon questions such as “what makes a picture (still) a picture?” and “what is the relationship between colour and surface and colour and space?”

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