German artist, Katharina Grosse (born 1961) paints monumental tableaux of desire that can be perceived as sublime acts of lovers' embrace towards the space, an architecture and the viewer. For the National Gallery in Prague, Grosse elaborates a large-scale, site specific painterly installation which radically redefines painting as a performative and architectural medium and responds to the Gallery's industrial space of the late 20s functionalist style. “Wunderbild” is an architectural painting, a spatial image which the viewer inhabits with his/her body and mind. The colour gains a volume; the flat surface turns sculptural; the pictorial field crosses the limits of the visual. The installation resembles a medieval mural and a womb-like cave of a pre-ancient drawing, a post-theatrical chamber of a hyper-technical intoxicating environment.
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