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Hannelore Baron was born in Germany in 1926. She is best known for her intricate and deeply personal abstract collages and box assemblages. A Holocaust survivor, Baron fled Nazi Germany with her family, eventually moving to New York in the 1940s. She drew from this history, and from her experiences of suffering periodic depression, to produce small-scale mixed-media collages that incorporated torn paper, ink, etchings, and monoprints made from copper sheets. In delicate box constructions, Baron incorporated found materials such as wood and string. She developed her own iconography that included figures, birds, patterns, and hieroglyphics, and fusing the influences of illuminated scripts, musical scores, and Persian miniatures. After her death, Hannelore’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and, in 2002, a national touring exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution.
She once remarked of one of her works, “Everything I’ve done is a statement on the, as they say, human condition. The solution didn’t come only from my head, it was lived out and worked out.
It is a complete thing.”