Stones, sand, honeycombs, straws, glass lenses, wood or textiles supplemented by handwriting and drawings - the materials and techniques with which Mary Bauermeister works are diverse and surprising.
When Arte Povera was given its name at the end of the 1960s, Mary Bauermeister had long been experimenting with so-called poor, supposedly non-art materials. She, who had lived from art since her first sold painting in 1955, remained unknown to a broad public despite her great success in the New York art scene of the 1960s.
With around 60 exhibits from the mid-1950s to the 1970s, this exhibition is the first of its kind in Germany to offer insights into Mary Bauermeister's multifaceted and idiosyncratic artistic oeuvre. The artist's view of art and her own work are closely interwoven with her life: The now 88-year-old wants to go beyond her own thinking, beyond the supposedly logical, to always be open to the surprising and to chance. This attitude is also reflected in the mathematically illogical addition that she declared to be her signature decades ago: 1+1=3.
until March 5, 2023