Born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in 1961, Katharina Grosse has held professorships at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (2000–09) and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2010–18). Her many honors include the Oskar Schlemmer Prize (2014); the Fred Thieler Prize for Painting (2003); the Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship (1993); and the Villa Romana Fellowship, Florence (1992). She currently serves as chairwoman of the board of KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. She lives and works in Berlin and New Zealand.
Grosse’s work has been featured at major museums and galleries around the world. Recent exhibitions and on-site paintings include Destroy Me Once, Destroy Me Twice at the Roskilde Festival, Splinter at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, and Apollo, Apollo at Espace Louis Vuitton, Venice (all 2022) as well as Chill Seeping from the Walls Gets between Us at HAM Helsinki Art Museum (2021); Shutter Splinter at Helsinki Biennial (2021); Is It You? at Baltimore Museum of Art (2020); It Wasn’t Us at Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum für Gegenwart–Berlin (2020); and the two-person show Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2019).
In addition to the Kemper Art Museum, Kunstmuseum Bern and Kunstmuseum Bonn, her work is included in the collections of: Albertina, Vienna; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Istanbul Modern; K21–Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Kunsthaus Zürich; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Magasin III, Stockholm; MARe–Muzeul de Artă Recentă, Bucharest; MAXXI–Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum Azman, Jakarta; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane; Saarland Museum–Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, among many others.