Katharina Fritsch

German, b. 1956

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Katharina Fritsch

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German, b. 1956

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Katharina Fritsch handcrafts sculptures that replicate everyday objects rooted in both folklore and personal experience. In manipulating the scale and color of these objects and arranging them in unexpected combinations, she destabilizes the familiar, as in Stilleben/1st Still Life (2009–12)—an installation comprising a giant yellow skull, an open pink hand, an enormous black egg, a winged mythological figure, and a life-size Madonna based on a cheap souvenir. Reaching near-industrial perfection, Fristch’s painstaking fabrication process entails sketches, handmade models, plaster castings, bronze, copper, or stainless steel re-castings, and finally a coating of highly saturated matte paint, creating her signature otherworldly effect. Deeply psychological and full of unsettling religious and spiritual associations, Fritsch’s work has been described as an attempt to visualize our greatest fears rooted in mythology, religion, cultural history, and everyday life.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Katharina Fritsch handcrafts sculptures that replicate everyday objects rooted in both folklore and personal experience. In manipulating the scale and color of these objects and arranging them in unexpected combinations, she destabilizes the familiar, as in Stilleben/1st Still Life (2009–12)—an installation comprising a giant yellow skull, an open pink hand, an enormous black egg, a winged mythological figure, and a life-size Madonna based on a cheap souvenir. Reaching near-industrial perfection, Fristch’s painstaking fabrication process entails sketches, handmade models, plaster castings, bronze, copper, or stainless steel re-castings, and finally a coating of highly saturated matte paint, creating her signature otherworldly effect. Deeply psychological and full of unsettling religious and spiritual associations, Fritsch’s work has been described as an attempt to visualize our greatest fears rooted in mythology, religion, cultural history, and everyday life.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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