Born 1941 in Munich, Germany
Died 2009 in Hamburg, Germany
Hanne Darboven recorded dates and numbers according to a self invented system. She often referred to her work as „mathematical literature“. Dedicated to the structure of time and memory the starting point for her large-scale serial works are often special dates and historical events. The divisions of the calendar as the conceptual basis of her work are typical. Each sheet from the exhibited series „The Sundial/ The Moonlight“ dated 1976 refers to the first two months of the year 1976. On each sheet are two dates. For each date the check sum is being calculated, and visualized in the length of the line below. 1976 was a leap year. The additional day was added in order to match the human calendar with the natural, i.e. the tropical calendar. This connection between the natural and calendrical process, between ‚Sunlight‘ and ‚Moonlight‘ on the one side and the calendar on the other is the central topic of this work.
Hanne Darboven´s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad including major presentations at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York. Works by Darboven were
already included in the documenta 5, 6 ,7 and Documenta 11 where her oeuvre was shown at the Fridericianum in Kassel, as a centerpiece of the exhibition with more than 4,000 drawings. In 1982 she represented Germany at the 40th Venice Biennale.
4.11.2011 – February 2012
Group exhibition with works by
Absalon | Joseph Beuys | Sophie Calle | Joe Coleman | Wim Delvoye | Rebecca Horn | Mathilde ter Heijne | Jannis Kounellis | Heinz Mack | Keisuke Matsuura | Christian Meegert | David Noonan | Henk Peeters | Jackson Pollock | Julian Rosefeldt | Matt Saunders | Chiharu Shiota | Miroslav Tichý | Grazia Toderi | Susan Turcot | Franz West | Nick van Woert | Yang Jiechang
at ARNDT Berlin