Katharina Grosse will drop her first NFT on Saturday, 18 September at 6 PM CEST, as a limited edition that will be exclusively available for 24 hours (USD 999,-) on The NFT titled NUMBER ONE is a free floating sculpture in space the viewer can interact with.

To create the interactive immersive experience, a bronze sculpture was scanned that was part of Grosse’s iconic solo show IT WASN’T US at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin earlier this year. Her exhibition, a kaleidoscopic painting brought together colours and forms, natural and man-made surroundings, and its visitors as participants in an all-encompass- ing, pulsating interaction of hues. As a pictorial ground for her work the artist has used – besides the bronze sculpture – the floor of the museum, the façade of the Rieckhallen as well as Styrofoam elements, which were shaped and scaled to their ultimate dimensions in several steps. 

Now the viewers themselves can scale the digital sculpture and explore its shape from all angles. The underlying sound loop amplifying the movement and shatter of the sculpture was composed by the artist and Stefan Schneider. Reality can always be observed and experienced differently. Now, with NUMBER ONE, she leaves the physical space and enters the digital realm to explore new ways of combining visual and sound elements. 

The collectors of the NFT receive an interactive 3D model of the sculpture, a video of the experience and the code of the interactive experience stored on IPFS. With this edition, the collectors support the Friends of Nationalgalerie with the dedicated purpose to acquire the sculpture and a painting by Grosse. While the physical sculpture will be part of the collection of the museum, the digital sculpture can be owned by anyone. 

Katharina Grosse’s paintings can appear anywhere. Her large-scale works are multidimensional visual spaces in which bright colours are rendered directly onto and across walls, ceilings, objects, entire buildings, and landscapes. For more than twenty five years, Grosse has been internationally present in the art world.

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Recent institutional exhibitions and in situ paintings include PSYCHYLUSTRO, for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Programme (2014); YES NO WHY LATER at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); SEVEN HOURS, EIGHT VOICES, THREE TREES at Museum Wiesbaden (2015); UNTITLED TRUMPET for the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015); Katharina Grosse at Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden (2016); ROCKAWAY for MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! programme in Fort Tilden, New York (2016); ASPHALT AIR AND HAIR at ARoS Triennial, Aarhus (2017); THIS DROVE MY MOTH- ER UP THE WALL at the South London Gallery, UK (2017); THE HORSE TROTTED ANOTHER COUPLE OF METRES, THEN IT STOPPED at Carriageworks, Sydney (2018); WUNDERBILD at the National Gallery in Prague (2018/2019); MUMBLING MUD at chi K11 art museum in Shanghai (2018/2019) and at chi K11 art space in Guangzhou (2019); MURAL: JACKSON POLLOCK / KATHARINA GROSSE at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2019/2020), IS IT YOU? at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2020/2021) and IT WASN’T US at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin (2020/2021). Currently two shows are on view: SHUTTER SPLINTER at the Helsinki Biennial (until September 26,2021) and CHILL SEEPING FROM THE WALLS GETS BETWEEN US at HAM Helsinki Art Museum (until January 23, 2022). The artist lives and works in Berlin and New Zealand.

Please find the NFT that drops on 18 September at 6 PM CEST HERE and view the interactive experience HERE.


Katharina Grosse, IT WASN'T US, Hamburger Bahnhof, 2021. Photographed by Jens Ziehe.
Katharina Grosse, IT WASN'T US, Hamburger Bahnhof, 2021. Photographed by Jens Ziehe.
Katharina Grosse photographed by Robert Schittko / ArtBeats.