Katinka Bock – Art Club #33

From 26 November 2021 to 27 February 2022
Curator: Pier Paolo Pancotto

Plan your visit: Katinka Bock artworks are included in the historical guided tour of Villa Medici (Cardinal’s appartments). They can only be seen with a ticket for this guided tour. Visits in French, Italian and English, every day except Tuesday. More information on opening hours and admission.

A former resident at the French Academy in Rome from 2012-2013, Katinka Bock now returns with a project specially conceived for Villa Medici as part of the Art Club contemporary arts cycles, organised by curator Pier Paolo Pancotto. From 26 November 2021 to 27 February 2022, the artist will present two bronze sculptures, Insomnie and Amnesie, both completed in 2021 to be exhibited under the Loggia Balthus overlooking the Villa’s seven hectares of gardens. A central landmark for visitors strolling through the grounds, the Loggia Balthus will host these two unique pieces which create a fresh sculptural language, conceived in physical and visual relation with the spaces around it.

Katinka Bock’s plastic exploration draws upon the study of materials, both natural and artificial, and on the process of evolution to which she is subjected as she interacts with the reality around her. The shapes which emerge are the result of a creative process in which the the rational and unforeseen come together, assuming characteristics which are at times organic, and at others speak to an iconographic and iconological repertoire that draws upon the collective imagination. These forms are made from various materials – metal, leather, wood, stone, fabric, plaster, clay, ceramics, graphite – which, when combined with everyday objects, produce installations that explore questions of temporality, space, history and nature, poised in a delicate balance that leaves space for the unexpected and for future alterations.

Katinka Bock © Manuel Braun

Born in Frankfurt (Germany), Katinka Bock is a graduate of the Kunsthochschule in Berlin and the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Lyon. She now lives and works in Paris. Winner of the 14th Ricard Foundation Prize and the Dorothea von Stetten Award in 2012, she was a resident at Villa Medici from 2012-2013. In 2019 she was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, and in 2021 won the Prix 1% marché de l’art awarded by the city of Paris.

Among her recent creations, the artist has presented her three-part exhibition Tomorrow’s sculpture at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, the MUDAM in Luxembourg and the IAC in Villeurbanne. In the autumn of 2021, her work was featured in four exhibitions: Passierschein für die Zukunft at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, I-Infinito at the Hausmaninger Collection in Vienna, Segment with unknown radius at the Cibrian Gallery in San Sebastian, and Les Flammes at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris.

Katinka Bock is represented by several galleries: Jocelyn Wolff (Paris), Meyer Riegger (Berlin), Greta Meert (Brussels), and 303 (New York).

© Pier Paolo Pancotto

Pier Paolo Pancotto is curator of Rome’s Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, and since 2016 of the Art Club exhibition program at Villa Medici. Prior to this he curated the Fortezzuola exhibition cycle at the Museo Pietro Canonica in Rome from 2016-2018, as well as exhibition projects at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art (London), the National Museum of Fine Arts (Tirana); the Lateral Art Space (Cluj), the Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna (Rome), the Museo H. C. Andersen (Rome), the Museo Carlo Bilotti (Rome), the Nomas Foundation (Rome), the Casa Scatturin (Venice) and La Fondazione (Rome). His published work includes: Artiste a Roma nella prima metà del ‘900 (2006) ; Arte contemporanea: dal minimalismo alle ultime tendenze (2010); Arte contemporanea. Il nuovo millennio (2013).

Initiated in 2016 under the curatorship of Pier Paolo Pancotto, the Art Club series presents work by contemporary international artists at Villa Medici, in a spirit of openness to all manner of creative forms. Recently featured artists include: Mircea Cantor, Namsal Siedlecki, Achraf Touloub, Arcangelo Sassolino, Julius von Bismarck, Marinella Senatore, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Cyprien Gaillard, and others.

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Project presented with the support of the JOCELYN WOLFF gallery:

Cover image:
Katinka Bock, Amnesie (2021)
Detail, Bronze, 180x40x6x30cm
Loggia Balthus, Villa Medici, Rome, 2021
Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Romainville
Ph. © Daniele Molajoli

Images of the photogallery:
Katinka Bock, Insomnie e Amnesie (2021)
Exhibition views, Loggia Balthus, Villa Medici, Rome, 2021
Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Romainville
Ph. © Daniele Molajoli