* 1944 in Prague, Czech Republic,
lives in Düsseldorf und Berlin, Germany
Katharina Sieverding studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts in 1963/64, from 1964 to 1967 she was in the class of Teo Otto at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. During this time she was involved in several theatre productions as a stage designer, including the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Burgtheater Vienna, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1967 Sieverding changed to the class of Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. After Joseph Beuys was dismissed in 1972, Sieverding went to the USA on a DAAD scholarship. She undertakes further journeys to Canada, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union. From 1990 to 1992, she is a visiting professor at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and subsequently holds a professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts. Other guest professorships include the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu in Japan (1995-1999), the International Summer Academy in Salzburg (1995-2013) and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou (2002/03). Her first solo exhibition took place in 1972 at the Galleria L’Attico in Rome, followed by gallery exhibitions at home and abroad. Sieverding had her first institutional solo exhibition in 1977 at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. Since then she has exhibited her work worldwide, including: Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1979), Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (1980), Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (1984), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (1991), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1992), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1998), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2002), MoMA PS1, New York (2004), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008) and Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (2017). Sieverding has participated in documenta 5, 6 and 7. In 1997 she exhibited at the Venice Biennale together with Gerhard Merz in the German Pavilion. Sieverding was awarded the Ernst Poensgen Prize in Düsseldorf as early as 1967, along with numerous other awards and scholarships.
photo: © Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst