Music for the eyes. A set of three records, each pressed with a single ambient sound from the artist’s aural memory—toads croaking, a watermill churning, a local ambulance siren wailing—and sealed with a corresponding emblematic color.
“All of Katharina Fritsch’s works start with a clear and precisely visualized image of a thing: a situation that, by definition, incorporates both the individual view and the collective sign.” Julian Heynen Parkett No. 25, 1990
Katharina Fritsch (b.1956) is a German installation artist and sculptor. She currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, where she was a professor at the Kunstakademie until 2019. Her iconic objects, images, installations and sound works seem able to imprint themselves on the mind, as if they were gestalts or things we have seen and experienced before.
After studying history and art history at the University of Münster, Fritsch continued studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, graduating in 1984. Her solo exhibitions include shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, 1996; Tate Modern, London, 2001; K21, Düsseldorf, 2002; White Cube, London, 2006; Kunsthaus Zurich, 2009; and the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012. Fritsch has also taken part in major group exhibitions including the Lyon Biennale, 2003; Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008; ILLUMinations, 54th Venice Biennale, 2011; and Out of the Ordinary, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. She also represented Germany at the 48th Venice Biennale and has her works in the permanent collections of notable museums such as the MOMA, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum Brandhorst, Munich.