Katharina Sieverding GROSSFOTO XIII/79 WE HAVE FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD 1979 Digitaldruck 252 x 356 cm © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2021 Foto: © Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2021

Watching the Sun at Midnight by Katharina Sieverding at Museum Frieder Burda

The internationally renowned art museum Museum Frieder Burda, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier, and widely acclaimed for its significant private collection of Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art of over 1,000 works, unveils a major exhibition of reputed German artist Katharina Sieverding. An ongoing exhibition till 09.01.22. www.museum-frieder-burda.de

Curated by Udo Kittelmann in cooperation with Katharina Sieverding, Watching the Sun at Midnight pays homage to Sieverding’s persistent treatment of contemporary German and global matters, one that has ensured the ongoing relevance of her work over the past 60 years. 

I don’t make propaganda art and I don’t want to be seen as somebody who stands for anything in particular. All these designations merely pin me down. I want to adopt an independent position and express my thoughts through my works.

Katharina Sieverding, THE GREAT WHITE WAY GOES BLACK, IX/1977 Farbfotografie, Acryl, Stahlrahmen 300 x 500 cm Installationsansicht der Ausstellung: Katharina Sieverding – Close Up, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, 2005 © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

About Katharina Sieverding:

Born in Prague, Katharina Sieverding studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts and at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. She was involved in several theater productions as a stage designer, including the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Burgtheater Vienna, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1967 Sieverding joined the class of Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She traveled to and gave lectures in Canada, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union. From 1990 to 1992, she was a visiting professor at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and subsequently held a professorship for Visual Culture Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. Other guest professorships included the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu in Japan, the International Summer Academy in Salzburg and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

Ausstellungsansicht Katharina Sieverding Die Sonne um Mitternacht schauen, Museum Frieder Burda (c) Katharina Sieverding/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Ausstellungsansicht Katharina Sieverding Die Sonne um Mitternacht schauen, Museum Frieder Burda (c) Katharina Sieverding/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Her work has been shown in 850 group and 150 solo exhibitions and is represented in numerous renowned collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and the Kunstsammlung NRW. Katharina Sieverding has participated in the documenta in Kassel several times and in the Venice Biennale. She has received numerous prestigious awards and scholarships. Katharina Sieverding lives and works in Düsseldorf.

About Museum Frieder Burda:

Considered one of the leading art museums in Germany and internationally, Museum Frieder Burda is home to its founder Frieder Burda’s extensive and growing collection of Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art, encompassing over 1,000 paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, and works on paper. In addition to its collection, the museum has mounted major solo exhibitions, presenting works of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Katharina Grosse, William N. Copley, Andreas Gursky, and James Turrell. Inaugurated in 2004, the museum’s five-storey building nestled in Baden-Baden’s majestic Lichtentaler Park, designed by iconic New York architect Richard Meier, caught the world’s attention for the luminosity of the design, inducing visitors to experience the art and the space in an equally awe-inspiring manner – and owing it to be referred by many as the “Jewel in the Park” in the newly recognized UNESCO World Heritage site of Baden-Baden.