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Katharina Grosse: In seven days time

Katharina Grosse: In seven days time

Within the past two years Katharina Grosse (*1961) has systematically questioned the medium of painting in regard to its conditions and possibilities and moved it from “canvas into space”. Since 1990, Katharina Grosse has thus created one of the most exciting oeuvres in painting known in contemporary art.

IN SEVEN DAYS TIME, a spectacular exterior sculpture which Katharina Grosse created for the Kunstmuseum Bonn, marks the beginning of a new phase in the artist’s oeuvre. The artwork, a 7 x 20 m convex “shard” irregular in its form, “leans” against the museum’s central exterior wall and thus enters into a differentiated dialog with Axel Schulte’s architecture. For more than two years, Katharina Grosse has examined the iconic quality of the museum’s architectural draft and created an artwork which picks up the functions and qualities of architecture, panel and sculpture.   

IN SEVEN DAYS TIME is not only a visually overwhelming exterior sculpture, but also a central signature for the museum, communicating to the outside its identity as a place for reflecting on the tasks and qualities of painting today.

The acquisition of the artwork was made possible by the generous support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Kunststiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the August-Kaiser-Stiftung, Bonn. In addition, we would like to thank Galerie nächst St. Stephan / Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Wien for their professional support.

Katharina Grosse, In Seven Days Time, 2011, Fotograf: Olaf Bergmann © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011
Katharina Grosse, In Seven Days Time, 2011, Fotograf: Olaf Bergmann © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011
Katharina Grosse, In Seven Days Time, 2011, Fotograf: David Ertl © Katharina Grosse und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011