The collection of the Kunstmuseum is situated not only inside, but also outside the museum. This serves to emphasize the concept of museum architecture, designed by Axel Schultes, which simultaneously shelters art and provides it with an open stage. Several works located outside connect the urban space with the architecture of the museum. They lean against the wall (Katharina Grosse), are inserted into it (Mischa Kuball) or are set up in the open area in front of the museum (Heinz-Günther Prager).

With IN SEVEN DAYS TIME (2011), a seven-meters-high and twenty-meters-long, concave form made of Fiberglass and shaped like a shard, Katharina Grosse created an evocative emblem for the museum. Like a wafted leaf now leaning against a wall in vivid presence, IN SEVEN DAYS TIME has settled down in front of the museum. The artist developed an independent sculptural form for the radiant, free movements of color, thereby extending the medium of painting into the external space.

The sculpture GÄA by Heinz-Günther Prager likewise enters into dialogue with the architecture. The work done in forged and fired steel defines the site between the street and the museum entrance and offers viewers an orientation within the space. Its elementary circular form, apparent heaviness, and restrained inherent color issues an invitation to a bodily experience of concentration and contemplation.

Inserted into the window sections of the northern and western facade of the museum, PUBLIC EYE I and PUBLIC EYE II (1997/2001) by Mischa Kuball gaze like eyes onto the surroundings of the museum. At the same time, they are prismatically distorted images of a trip through the city, seen through a water glass.© Images Guido Oberhäuser
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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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