Katharina Grosse. Studio Paintings, 1988–2022 | Kunstmuseum Bern

Katharina Grosse. Studio Paintings, 1988–2022 | Kunstmuseum Bern
Katharina Grosse, Foto: Larissa Hofmann

Katharina Grosse. Studio Paintings, 1988–2022


From 3 March until 25 June 2023 the Kunstmuseum Bern is showing a large-scale exhibition devoted to Katharina Grosse. It is the first exhibition in Switzerland to focus on Grosse’s studio works. The colourful, large-format paintings from the late 1980s until the present reveal the importance of works on canvas for Grosse’s oeuvre as a whole.

Katharina Grosse is considered the most internationally important painter of her generation. Since the 1990s she has developed a striking body of work involving performance and media. Colour is central to Grosse’s artistic practice: she experiments with its physical presence as well as with its sensory and political potentials. In Grosse’s work colour embodies materiality and mo-tion. In using pure colour and later stencils, under and overpainting and subtle connections between stripes and patches of colour she creates an open immediacy. In this way conventional relationships between foreground, back-ground and underground are dissolved – both on the canvas and beyond it.

Katharina Grosse. Studio Paintings, 1988–2022 | Kunstmuseum Bern
Katharina Grosse. Untitled, 2020
Acrylic on canvas and wood. 294 x 605 x 45 cm
© 2023, ProLitteris, Zurich

About the exhibition
The exhibition, which will be shown at the Kunstmuseum Bern between 3 March and 25 June 2023, focuses on Grosse’s studio works, produced between 1988 and 2022. Referring to formal and technical revisions and new discoveries, it sheds light on Grosse’s artistic development as well as the significance of the works on canvas for her oeuvre as a whole. Grosse’s paintings oscillate between process and experiment, form and the dissolution of form as well as the threshold realm between them. The exhibition, with its essayistic hanging, brings together a total of 46 works on canvas, from early brushpainted works, through the spray paintings made from 1998 to the paintings that combine both techniques. The presentation is completed by three large-format prints on fabric which form the entry point to the exhibition in the entrance hall.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, 2 March 2023, from 6.30 pm. Admission to the exhibition is free on this evening. Speakers: Nina Zimmer, Director Kunstmuseum Bern – Zentrum Paul Klee and Kathleen Bühler, Head Curator Kunstmuseum Bern. The artist will be present at the opening and will talk to curator Kathleen Bühler about her Studio Paintings, the development of her working process and the limits of painting.



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