bettina marx's
(b. 1981) works oscillate between
full CV

painting, drawing and installation. mostly abstract in appearance, her works and interventions are directly related to everyday observations and to landscapes she explores on her travels, and the surrounding space. spatial dimensions of painting are probed by the artist placing her works in direct correspondence with the respective architecture, allowing them to enter it and examine forms and volumes.

beyond the boundaries of image carriers such as canvases and painted wooden boxes, of large-format paper webs, and genres, bettina marx explores the material qualities and aesthetic potentials of woods, textiles and paint in a process-oriented and experimental manner. tree trunks and mattresses are used as printing blocks as well as in expansive installations, oversized frottages are made on historical walls, and silk fabric panels function as image carriers and room dividers in equal measure. painted, printed or collaged abstract, figurative and organic forms alternate in patterns and repetitions, always retaining their painterly moment. drawings always remain the starting point, are companions on her journeys and at the same time form an archive of her observations. 

in her works, which are always site-specific, bettina marx leaves behind clear dividing lines between painting, drawing and installation. she expands her formal and material language and artistic fields of research through collaborative processes.

bettina marx is together
kathrin graf part of the artist duo 
- since 2015

2007 - 2009 studies with prof. peter doig, kunstakademie düsseldorf
2009            meisterschülerin, prof. cornelius völker
2002 - 2008 studies with prof. cornelius völker, kunstakademie münster
2002 - 2007 study of history, wilhelms university münster (1st state examination)

solo exhibitions (selection)

2024 a siren's lull, dod gallery x pov contemporary, cologne, germany
2022 wander, drift, melt and fold, fullersta gard, stockholm, sweden
2021 -5, tiefkeller (arboretum wolfgang reifenstül, artist   mukbang), bonn
         siblings, turm raum kunst, kunststation st. peter, köln
2020 eden, galerie goldstein, frankfurt
2019 a solid into a liquid, setareh x, düsseldorf
2018 trommelnde scherben, kunstverein leverkusen, leverkusen
2017 flora war falk, museum ostwall in the dortmunder U, dortmund
2016 polter, the same, berlin
2015 leftovers, kunstverein emsdetten, emsdetten
2014 brahn, artothek, köln
2013 engawarau, kunstverein arnsberg, arnsberg

group exhibitions (selection)

2023 entropic motion, galerie judith andreae, bonn
         art au centre liege #13, belgium
         jubiläum, kunstverein emsdetten, emsdetten
2022 elective affinities, setareh, düsseldorf
2022 tiefkeller, haus operdicke, unna
2020 heaven and earth in one stroke, setareh, düsseldorf
2018 enga mind your head, collection presentation, kunstmuseum bonn, bonn
2016 pavillion, villa romana, florence, italy
         that's how the light gets in, kunsthaus NRW kornelimünster, aachen
2014 secret land, orangerie, rheda-wiedenbrück
2013 art since 2013, schloss ringenberg, hamminkeln
         here is always somewhere else, kasteel oud-rekem, belgium

public collections

museum ostwall in the dortmunder U, dortmund
land nordrhein-westfalen
artothek köln, köln
kunstverein arnsberg, arnsberg
volksbank münster, münster
WGZ bank, düsseldorf


nam, 2018, vg bild-kunst bonn, 143 p.
bettina marx, 2014, gwk verlag kettler, dortmund, 78 p.