German Forest

Katharina Grosse: o.T. (KG/O 2015_8004L), 2015, Acryl auf Aluminium und Holz, 205 x 330 x 504 cm, © Foto: Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

German Forest

A Collection Presentation with Guests in the Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, June 13th, 2017 - June 10th, 2018

Forests and trees, mighty oaks on wide-open glades and concealed crannies of delicate greenery are prominent motifs in the painting of the 19th century. In its ambivalence, the "German Forest" can, on one hand, be seen as a symbol of freedom as well as, one the other hand, an artistic reconsideration of an image that identifies a national consciousness with a problematic history. 

In Romanticism, a glimpse into hidden crannies with thistles, the herbs under overhanging trees at the edge of the forest, or also a simple bush with its graphically structured branches become a longing-filled motif of a sensitive consideration of nature. Additionally, there is the representative perspective of the forest as a national asset.  In a time in which life increasingly shifts to cities, it becomes a place for royal hunting societies or a large-scale ideal image.

Artists find an analogue for an increasingly free application of color in the living forms of nature. This development of color being released from its depictive function and becoming an inherent value begins in Romanticism and extends though modernity into contemporary art. Katharina Grosse combines an abstract, dynamic and multi-layered painting with real objects. Thus, a real tree appears as the foundation for freely floating color.

The presentation of the art object by Katharina Grosse was made possible by the funding by the Foundation of Arts & Music for Dresden.

Supported by

  • Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst in Dresden (Special donations of the members: Axel und Barbara Bauer, Bernd Bilitewski und Karin Hänel, Moritz von Crailsheim, Richert & Oertel Immobilien)
  • Gagosian, London
  • Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden

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