This summer visitors to the Nasher can experience WUNDERBLOCK, an exhibition of works by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. Over the past two decades, Grosse has become known for large wall paintings made in architectural spaces. Working with a spray gun, she animates walls, ceilings, and floors with a mélange of vivid colors ranging from the vibrant to the acrid.
Since 2004, these immersive paintings have often included objects, such as clothes, soil, pieces of furniture, balloons, her own painted canvases, and, more recently, sculpted objects made from cut and laminated styrofoam. Taking inspiration from frescoes, plein-air painting, Abstract Expressionism, and urban graffiti, Grosse explores how painting can appear in space – in the realm of sculpture and architecture – by giving color monumental and palpable form.