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Hanne Darboven

German, 1941–2009

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Hanne Darboven

German, 1941–2009

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German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven filtered her experience of life through time, an entity at once abstract and concrete, much like her own work. Driven by her belief that time is the essence of our existence, she structured her work around it, drawing upon an acute sense of tempo and repetition honed by her training as a pianist. Darboven created innumerable individually framed or bound pages filled with delicately handwritten numbers, mathematical calculations, calendar days, and philosophical passages, sometimes combined with shades of color, images, and objects. Often displayed as installations, wrapping around walls in methodically patterned, gridded formations that would resolve into individual words and numbers up-close, Darboven’s work served as both the visualization of data and a sweeping temporal record of historical events and her own artistic labor, carried out, like clockwork, over the course of her life.

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Dia:Chelsea, and 4 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more
Biography

German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven filtered her experience of life through time, an entity at once abstract and concrete, much like her own work. Driven by her belief that time is the essence of our existence, she structured her work around it, drawing upon an acute sense of tempo and repetition honed by her training as a pianist. Darboven created innumerable individually framed or bound pages filled with delicately handwritten numbers, mathematical calculations, calendar days, and philosophical passages, sometimes combined with shades of color, images, and objects. Often displayed as installations, wrapping around walls in methodically patterned, gridded formations that would resolve into individual words and numbers up-close, Darboven’s work served as both the visualization of data and a sweeping temporal record of historical events and her own artistic labor, carried out, like clockwork, over the course of her life.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dia:Chelsea, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more