KATHARINA FRITSCH
Kunsthaus Zürich
3.6. to 30.8.2009
the artist
Katharina Fritsch was born in Essen in 1956. She studied general and art history in Münster before attending Fritz Schwegler’s classes at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf, and showed her first sculptures in 1979. In the 1980s she frequently borrowed her motifs from the world of commodities. Her international breakthrough came in 1984 at Düsseldorf’s ‘Von hier aus’ (From Here On) exhibition. In 1988 she exhibited at the Kunsthalle Basel and in 1997 at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Having represented Germany at the 1995 Venice Biennale, she went on to receive such major awards as the Aachen Prize for Art (1996) and the Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture (2008). Katharina Fritsch lives and works in Düsseldorf. In 2001 she was made a professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster, a post she holds to this day. That same year she was the subject of a major one-woman show at the Tate Modern in London, held in cooperation with Düsseldorf’s K21.
 
The artist has already been seen at the Kunsthaus Zürich in the thematic exhibitions ‘Hypermental’ (2000) and ‘Signs and Wonders’ (1995). ‘Woman with Dog’ (2004) was purchased in 2008 for the Kunsthaus Zürich collection.
 
the artist
Katharina Fritsch, 2008
Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin