The painting by Katharina Grosse for the Underground stop Chlodwigplatz in Cologne is the fourth and last work of art, which was realized as the result of a Europe-wide art competition in one of the stops of the north-south urban railway in Cologne.

The large, colorful mural by the artist Katharina Grosse extends from the staircase below the roundabout on Chlodwigplatz along the entire west side of the platform level to the staircase on the opposite side of the stop that leads to Severinstorburg. The colors were sprayed on with a compressed air compressor and – viewed from the track level – hardly give any indication of the concrete wall below.

For the first time, Katharina Grosse carried out a work in an underground tram stop. However, there was already proximity to rail and air traffic: Works by Katharina Grosse can also be seen along a railway line in Philadelphia, at the Swedish Vara train station, and at Toronto Airport.

“The KVB is very pleased to officially present the work of art by Ms. Grosse today. It gives the Chlodwigplatz underground station an unmistakable aesthetic character,” said Jürgen Fenske, CEO of Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG. "I am sure that this fascinating, colorful work will also make the stay in the station a special experience for our customers."

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Katharina Grosse (b. 1961 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany and New Zealand. Grosse held professorships at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany from 2000-2009 and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany from 2010-2018. For more than twenty-five years, the artist Katharina Grosse has been internationally present in the art world. Her painting maintains a position outside the categories of representation and abstraction: it operates in reality and on reality. For her, painting can precipitate everywhere and anywhere – on any surface and any object that sprayed paint can reach.

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