Katharina Fritsch

Katharina Fritsch ( born February 14, 1956 in Essen) is a visual artist, with their sculptures gained international recognition since the 1980s.

Life and work

Katharina Fritsch lives and works in Dusseldorf. Since 2001, she has an artistic professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster ( Academy of Fine Arts). From summer term 2010 Katharina Fritsch has been a professor of sculpture at the Dusseldorf Art Academy.

Fritsch's father was an architect. First she studied history and art history in Münster. In 1977, she broke off this study and moved to Dusseldorf Art Academy. There she studied with Fritz Schwegler. She then devoted himself to painting. First sculptural works created in 1979. She finished her studies in 1984.

The international breakthrough came in the exhibition From here - Two months new German art in Dusseldorf in 1984 in Dusseldorf. In 1987, she exhibited her elephant in Krefeld Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, now housed in the K21. The work led to discussions in the European and American art magazines, so that the life-size sculptures of the artist have been her signature. In 1995, she represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and had an exhibition at the Tate Gallery.

Sculptures by Katharina Fritsch are viable to large images, which are reduced by monochrome color schemes on the form itself. The color is used as an identification feature, mood support and metaphor for certain properties. This representation takes the sculpture conveys their individuality and is similar to a character. As motifs are often used image issues from the consumer world ( in the 1980s ) and allusions to dreams and myths ( in the 1990s ).

Since 2010, Katharina Fritsch is a full member of the North Rhine- Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Works (selection)