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Artist Paints Danish Coastline Pink

Friday, June 9, 2017

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German artist Katharina Gross seemed to drench Denmark’s coastline in Pepto-Bismol with her newest installation. But really, it's a “mobile garden” for the ARoS Triennial in Aarhus, Denmark.

According to the Biennial Foundation, the garden has always been a place for solitary reflection and scientific study, and that interpretive flexibility can truly be seen in Grosse’s work.

“My paintings can land anywhere at any time, so can your thoughts, and therefore they transform your understanding of every moment from the most intimate to the political,” Grosse informed curator Marie Nipper.

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German artist Katharina Gross painted the Mindeparken area of Denmark’s coastline into a “mobile garden” for the ARos Triennial in Aarhus, Denmark.

Even though her work is site-specific, Grosse went on to say that “looking at the paintings bids us to understand that things look different every time, even if we console ourselves that we are familiar with a revisited situation.”


Grosse is known for working on a huge scale with industrial-strength spray-paint guns and for this installment, the artist used red and white acrylic paint for the nearly 3-mile stretch.

Local residents had expressed concern over the impact of Grosse’s installation on the environment, however, Erlend Høyersten, the director of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, responded on the museum’s Facebook page, stating that “the paint is non-toxic, and no, this is not littering. The grass will continue to grow and the ants will burrow in the earth in this man-made space.”

ARoS Triennial

In the first installment of the international art exhibition, art installations are spread out over two galleries, carefully selected urban spaces and down by the coast, which is bordered by woodlands. The theme of the first Triennial is “The Garden—End of Time; Beginning of Time.” According to the Biennial Foundation, the Triennial (which will be hosted every three years) covers the last four centuries, and explores humankind’s interpretation and alteration of the world to fit our worldview.

The international exhibition focuses on three primary ideas: past, which explores nature’s relationship with landscape and man; present, which depicts the relationship of nature with the modern city; and future, which focuses on artistic reaction to environmental changes. Grosse’s contribution to the first Triennial deals with the future.

The ARoS Triennial—and Grosse’s installation—will be on view until July 30.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Decorative painting; Urban Planning

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