Katharina Fritsch, Oktopus / Octopus, 2006, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Katharina Fritsch
Jun 18, 2022 – Mar 31, 2023
The George Economou Collection
Athens, Greece

The German sculptor Katharina Fritsch has made a significant contribution to visual art since the early 1980s. With distinctive cast forms painted in vivid colors, she has developed a specific sculptural lexicon encompassing a typology of everyday objects, animals, and humans, as well as installations based in the mythological and surreal. A master in the deployment of scale, Fritsch is known for installing her work in ways that demand our attention, typically leaving the sense of a resonant interior image or uncanny gestalt that is hard to dismiss or forget.

Fritsch’s exhibition at The George Economou Collection is the artist’s first solo show in Greece, a country whose own rich history of figurative sculpture, mythology, and storytelling resonates with her work and adds a new layer to its reception. Fritsch has chosen to show recent pieces alongside some of her earliest productions made during and soon after her studies at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the early 1980s. Across the three floors of the space in Athens, the artist has orchestrated a carefully calibrated visitor experience. The artist has said, “I never see an exhibition as simply a sequence of works but always as one large picture.” Each work included here has been selected for this total environment.

The exhibition is curated by Jessica Morgan in close collaboration with the artist and Skarlet Smatana, Director of The George Economou Collection. A publication with essays by Morgan and Jacqueline Burckhardt will accompany the exhibition.

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