KATHARINA GROSSE | THE BLUE ORANGE

PERMANENT INSTALLATION SINCE 2012
VARA RESECENTRUM, VARA, SWEDEN

Katharina Grosse has painted the building that houses the bus terminal and railway station in the town Vara in Western Sweden bright blue. A number of multi-coloured curving tube-like shapes several metres long are dropped on the roof and appear to be crawling accross it.

Its title The Blue Orange is a clue to the thought processes that lead the artist to paint the entire building blue. If you paint an orange blue, would you still perceive it as an orange? Can these two identities remain cohesive or do they preclude each other? Similarly, can a serious municipal building painted this blue-screen shade maintain its civic function in the face of its playful exterior? Can two such apparently contradictory aspects coexist or does one necessarily supercede the other?
© Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022