Kira Fröse

lives and works in Bochum

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The boundaries of our perception are washed-out concepts – we feel with our eyes and see with our hands. At the same time, our thinking is focused on rigidly and linearly framing what we consider to be firmly defined. We willingly lose track of everything that happens in between.

In this regard, Kira Fröse’s works are to be understood as an invitation to distrust one’s senses and to reinterpret the familiar. She connects what does not belong together, tears objects of everyday life from their past and transforms them into sensory elements with their own stories, which are always about confrontations: Between the solid and the fluid, the static and the dynamic, and ultimately of aesthetics and repellent obliquity. Between the lines, the certainty arises of how two contradictory elements constitute each other and would have no existence at all without each other. In order to fully comprehend the unfamiliar, one would like to reach out and touch the shapes and colours, and before you know it, you have become part of the confrontation yourself.

In her new exhibition ‚dweilen met de kraan open', Kira shifts a space of encounter to the private sphere of the bathroom. While we are alone with our bodies to examine our irregularities, the objects around us now move into the spotlight. Thus, the silent observers of our intimate habits suddenly gain a will of their own and express themselves by shifting, solidifying or melting away. What is reflected is the often forgotten fact that even when looking in the mirror, not everything is as it first appears to be.

by Florian Stein, 2021

Artist Statement

"I have to touch this!“

My work is emotive and focused on one’s desire for haptic experiences. Glossy surfaces, structured fluid forms and dynamic matter – the confrontation of stagnation and movement fascinates and inspires me.

Through the use of color, organic, playful, and dynamic shapes, my work wants to seduce and invite the viewers to experience what is in front of them with their own senses and imagination. Subconsciously influenced by the aesthetics of nature and objects of everyday life, I create static forms that depict motion and appear to be smooth and light despite the heaviness of their substance. Observing more closely one can perceive that aesthetics can only endure through the presence of unaesthetic detail.

The materials I prefer using are ceramics, plastic, plaster, glass and textile, because they have the most haptic and satisfying effect on me. All these materials have their own will and come along with a certain stubbornness by their very nature – just like me.

During the process of creating work I knead, I stroke, I strike, I construct and touch everything with my hands – "I have to touch this!“



born in Oer-Erkenschwick, DE
General qualification for university entrance (major: design)
Nominated: Blooom Award
Nominated: Artward Public Award
Nominated: Blooom Award
Erasmus exchange at MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest)
Internship: James Carcass and Bernadett Hegyvari, Glass Studio in Tápiószecs
Bachelor of Fine Arts, AKI ArtEZ University of the Arts, Enschede, NL
2017 Nominated: DEW21 Art Prize
2017-18 Bcademie, Rotterdam, NL
2018-20 Scholarship/Funding: Litter Lemon, Mondriaan Fonds
Scholarship/Funding: Litter Lemon, Stichting Kunst en Cultuurbevordering Nederland
Nominated: Galerie Pouloeuff Public Award
Nominated: VAO Artist Prize
Nominated: BBA Artist Prize
Assistant at the Ceramics Studio "Anne Wenzel"
Scholarship/Funding: Corona Overbrugging, Mondriaan Fonds
Scholarship/Funding: Zoektocht Naar Transparantie, CBK Rotterdam
Scholarship/Funding: Alles klebt vor Reinlichkeit, Stichting Stokroos
Assistant at the atelier "Maaike Kramer"
Scholarship/Funding: Startende Makers, Pictoright Steunfonds
Nominated: Perron Kunstpreis Frankenthal
Scholarship/Funding: Werktuig PPO
Scholarship/Funding: Galerie Pouloeuff
Scholarship/Funding: Kleinprojekt, Bochum Fonds
since 2019
Assistant at the studio "Stephan Marienfeld"
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2024 International Festival of Glass, Gallery Blowfish, Stourbridge, UK (G)
Nach Strich und Faden
, Galerie Biesenbach LAB, Cologne (S)
Celebrate Summer, Gallery Nono, The Hague (G)
Die Grosse, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf (G)
BBK Düsseldorf (G)
Kleine Zaal, De Vishal, Haarlem (S)
‚op = op‘, Galerie Pouloeuff, Naarden Vesting (S)
I have to touch this, Kleinste Galerietje, Amsterdam (G)
2023 ART MATTERS 9, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G, online)
Artist in Residency EKCW, Oisterwijk (G)
Ontstoppable – Kunst op de WC, Jan Cunen Museum, Oss, NL (G)
Vierkwart 4 Art, Robson, Enschede (G)
Wasser, Stadtmuseum Zündorfer Wehrturm, Cologne (G)
2022 In Transfer, Gallery Nono, The Hague (G)
Le geste est la parole, De Bouwput, Amsterdam (G)
Dweilen met de Kraan open, Nieuw Charlois, Rotterdam (S)
De Aanschouw, Rotterdam (S)
Why don’t we, Gallery Nono, The Hague (G)
2021 Materials, Artzaanstad, Zaandam (G)
Alles klebt vor Reinlichkeit, Galerie 143, Lörrach (S)
75 jaar vrijheid van de kunst, Stadsmuseum, Doetichem (G)
Counterbodies, De Achtertuin, Rotterdam (G)
22 Rooms – 22 Artists, The Student Hotel, Rotterdam (G)
Stille was heeft diepe gronden, Upscale Galerie, Rotterdam (S)
2020 Pop-up Gallery Non, The Hague (G)
Litter Lemon, Jedan Osam Jedan, Rotterdam (S)
Foma – Fear of Missing Art, Broese, Utrecht (G)
2019 Hectobar 4.0, Tent, Rotterdam (G)
Rotz en water, AK24, Utrecht (G)
Wat zie ik, Galerie Pouloeuff, Naarden-Vesting (G)
Greetings from Skauhytt, Het Kunstgemaal, Bronkhorst (G)
2018 Ten Years Apprentice Master, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (G)
Nom Nom Nom, The Explore Store, Rotterdam (G)
On my way to the galactic supermarket, need anything?, Garage Rotterdam (G)
Art of de box, Koppelkerk, Bredevoort (G)
Alles komt goed, Atelier014, Utrecht (G)
Jetzt schlägt’s dreizehn, Bcademie, Rotterdam (G)
2017 Destillaat #19, Extrapool, Nijmegen (G)
Dew21 Kunstpreis, Dortmunder U, Dortmund (G)
Serveer-tip, Concordia, Enschede (G)
Rondom, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague (G)
AKI Finals, AKI Artez, Enschede (G)
Hapticomania, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (G)
2016 MOME, Budapest (G)
Marler Kunststern, Marl (G)
2015 Marler Kunststern, Marl (G)
JVA Magdeburg (G)
Twente Biennale, Enschede (G)
Frau Weber kocht, Dortmund (S)
2014 Specops Münster (S)
Artez Exporuimte, Enschede (G)


Selected Public Collections

  • LAM Museum, Lisse, NL ("Ancient Superfood")
  • LAM Museum, Lisse, NL ("Kraut und Rüben")
  • Miniatuurmuseum The Hague ("Kleinigkeit (m18b2)")
  • Museum Jan Cunen ("Onstopper Plopper")




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