Exhibition

1+1=3
The Art Worlds of Mary Bauermeister

8 October 2022 to 5 March 2023

The materials and techniques that Mary Bauermeister uses in her work are varied and surprising. They range from stones, sand and honeycomb, to straws, glass lenses, wood and textiles – and she complements these with writing and drawings. When Arte Povera emerged at the end of the 1960s, Mary Bauermeister had long been experimenting with “poor”, non-artistic materials. She has made a living from art since selling her first painting in 1955, and despite huge success in the New York art scene in the 1960s, has remained unknown to a wide audience.

Displaying around 60 works and a variety of other objects and archive items from the artist’s collection, the exhibition offers insights into Mary Bauermeister’s wide-ranging, idiosyncratic and playful work for the first time in Germany. Her view of art and her own work is closely interwoven with her life. Now 87 years of age, Mary Baumeister has always remained open to surprising and coincidental experiences beyond her own ideas and “logic”. Her attitude is best encapsulated by a mathematically illogical sum, which she declared as her signature decades ago: 1+1=3

Mary Bauermeister, 1971, Galerie Judith Weingarten, Amsterdam. Foto: Archiv Mary Bauermeister
Mary Bauermeister, 1971, Galerie Judith Weingarten, Amsterdam. Foto: Archiv Mary Bauermeister