St. Gallen

Katharina Grosse

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Katharina Grosse’s presentation in St. Gallen was one element of a four-part exhibition in 2002–2003, realized in different forms at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; the Lenbachhaus Munich; and the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. At the Ikon she used the dominant nineteenth-century iron beams to dramatize the three-dimensionality of her energetic abstract paintings, applied directly to the gallery walls. In St. Gallen she responded to the museum’s classical Central European architecture by using color to pull the decorative plaster moldings and the perfectly proportioned door frames into the rest of the space, creating vistas between rooms. She played off their real sculptural quality with a virtual plasticity she created with layers of color, veils of thinly applied paint shifting into surfaces sprayed so vigorously that the paint dripped down, the pure substance of the material interrupting the temptation

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