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Katharina Fritsch

Katharina Fritsch had her first one-person exhibition in the United States in 1993, at the Dia Center for the Arts. There she debuted Rattenkönig (Rat King), her work in which sixteen 12-foot-tall black rodents face outward in a circle, towering over the viewer, their tails bound together in a giant knot. Like all of Fritsch's work, Rattenkönig is simultaneously seductive and unnerving. She often transforms quotidian objects or ordinary-looking figures into something new and strange through repetition and manipulation of scale and color. Her sculptures are the result of a time-consuming process: a piece is usually molded by hand, then cast in plaster, reworked, and then cast again in polyester.

Fritsch was born in Essen, Germany, in 1956. She represented Germany at the 1995 Venice Biennale and has had one-person exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Basel, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern in London, and K21 in Düsseldorf. A retrospective exhibition of her work was held in 2009 at the Kunstmuseum Zürich, which traveled to the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. The Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group invited Fritsch to create the sculpture Hahn/Cock, which was unveiled in Trafalgar Square in the summer of 2013 and is currently on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
5 Ways In: Themes from the Collection
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 14, 2019 - Sep 12, 2021
Katharina Fritsch’s 6. Stillben (6th Still Life)
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
Stanford, CA
May 1, 2019 - Apr 27, 2020