Hanne Darboven

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Hanne Darboven
Born(1941-04-29)29 April 1941
Died9 March 2009(2009-03-09) (aged 67)
EducationHochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Hanne Darboven (29 April 1941 – 9 March 2009) was a German conceptual artist, best known for her large-scale minimalist installations consisting of handwritten tables of numbers.

Early life and career[edit]

Hanne Darboven grew up in Rönneburg, a southern suburb of Hamburg, as the second of three daughters of Cäsar Darboven and Kirsten Darboven. Her father was a successful and well-to-do businessman in Hamburg; the family brand Darboven coffee is well known in Germany.[1]

Following a brief episode as a pianist, Darboven studied art with Willem Grimm, Theo Garve and Almir Mavignier at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg from 1962 to 1965. From 1966 to 1968, she lived in New York City, at first in total isolation from the New York art scene. She then moved back to her family home in Hamburg and continued to live and work there among an extraordinary collection of disparate cultural artefacts until her death in 2009.[2]



In the winter of 1966–1967, she met Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre and Joseph Kosuth, representatives of Minimal Art. Soon afterwards her first series of drawings on millimeter paper with lists of numbers, which resulted from complicated additions or multiplications of personally derived numerical sequences based on the four to six digits used to notate the date, month, and year of the standard Gregorian calendar.[3] The calendar sequence has consistently formed the basis for the majority of her installations, and the ‘daily arithmetic’ consisting of checksums came to replace the year’s calendrical progression according to a complex and challenging mathematical logic. Always written out by hand, her paperwork thus comprised rows and rows of ascending and descending numbers, u-shapes, grids, line-notations and boxes.[4] Employing this neutral language of numbers and using pen, pencil, the typewriter, and graph paper as materials, she began to make simple linear constructions of numbers that she called Konstruktionen. Similar to On Kawara, Darboven offered a system to represent time as both the continuous flux of life and clear embracing order.[5] Along with LeWitt and Andre, Lucy Lippard and Kasper König belonged to the circle of long-standing promoters of Darboven's work.

In the 1970s, Darboven often allied her work, which she considered a form of writing, to the accomplishments of writers such as Heinrich Heine and Jean-Paul Sartre, directly transcribing quotations or entire passages of their texts, or translating them into patterns. By 1978, Darboven was also incorporating visual documents, such as photographic images and assorted objects that she found, purchased, or received as gifts.[6] Doing so, she addressed specifically historical issues. The monumental work entitled Vier Jahreszeiten (Four seasons) (1981), which Darboven exhibited at Documenta 7 in Kassel, was the first of Darboven's works to be really permeated with color, introduced into it by the use of kitsch postcards.[7]

Also in 1978, she first conceived her first large-scale installations.[8] Ever since, Darboven's work has often occupied large spaces: her installation Cultural History 1880–1983, (1980–1983) with its 1,589 individually framed works on paper of uniform format and 19 sculptural elements takes up 7,000 square feet.[9] Reducing the Gregorian calendrical notation to only forty-two denominations for each century,[10] the work weaves together cultural, social, and historical references with autobiographical documents, postcards, pinups of film and rock stars, documentary references to the first and second world wars, geometric diagrams for textile weaving, a sampling of New York doorways, illustrated covers from news magazines, the contents of an exhibition catalogue devoted to postwar European and American art, a kitschy literary calendar, and extracts from some of Darboven's earlier works.[11]

An example of Darboven's work during her most prolific period is Sunrise / Sunset, New York, NYC, today. The work has been made in 1984 and consists of 385 drawings of felt pen on graph paper. The size is 31 x 35 cm each. The first drawing of each month is decorated with a nostalgic postcard showing prominent spots and picturesque scenes of past New York. The first drawing of each month is titled heute ("today"). All other days of the month are numbered consecutively. The total work is hung in monthly blocks of 30 or 31 day-drawings additional to the introductory postcard-drawing. Altogether the work represents a time period of living and working and at the same time evokes nostalgic memories of the past. Less minimalist, South Korean Calendar, 1991 presents pages from a South Korean calendar, with the days of the month marked in large Roman numerals that occasionally turn from black to red or blue for no obvious reason. The numerals are filled with a lacelike pattern of white dots and surrounded by a host of colorful details: little blue drawings of diamond rings and stainless steel wristwatches, yin-yang signs, elegant Korean characters.[12]

Mathematical Music[edit]

In the 1980s, Darboven further expanded her scope by including musical arrangements and photographs in her displays.[13] In her so-called “Mathematical Music”, she converted the numbers contained in her rows and columns into sounds. Numbers were assigned to certain notes, and numerical series translated into musical scores.[14] With the aid of a collaborator, Darboven adapted them into performable compositions for organ, double bass, harpsichord, string quartet, and chamber orchestra. She translated her additive concept of dates into musical scores, in which the digit 1 stands for the note e, 2 for f, 3 for g, etc. Compound numbers are expressed as an interval of two notes, e.g. 31=g-e, 24=f-h, etc., and numbers combined with 0 are used as broken chords.[15] Hanne Darboven: ‘My systems are numeric concepts that work according to the laws of progression and/or reduction in the manner of a musical theme with variations.’ Wende 80 (Turning point 80) (1980), using an interview with Helmut Schmidt and Franz Josef Strauss, is the first piece in Darboven's work which is simultaneously a musical score. This music is preserved on 11 long-playing records in a black case (an edition of 250 was pressed).[7]

Originally shown in Documenta 11 (2002) as a collection of loose pages in folders, the monumental Wunschkonzert (1984) consists of 1008 pages of uniform size divided into 4 Opus's (Opus 17a and b and Opus 18a and b). Each Opus comprises 36 poems, and each poem is made of 6 pages plus a title page on which an antiquarian greeting card celebrating a Christian confirmation has been collaged. The poems reveal a rhythmic movement in their increasing and decreasing rows of numbers, and the checksum values are represented in digits and line-notations (17a, 18a) or by digits entered into a grid (17b, 18b). This work adopts musical methods of movement and repetitive rhythms and was conceived against the backdrop of musical compositions by the artist.[3]


Established in 2000 and named after its founder, the Hanne Darboven Foundation promotes contemporary art by supporting young talents, which, in particular, tackle the theme of ‘space and time’ in the realms of conceptual art, visual arts, compositions, and literature.[16] The heir of the artist's estate, the foundation recorded Darboven’s complete Requiem Cycle. In order to preserve the artist's work and make parts of her own collection available to the public, the foundation purchased her former Rönneburg residence in 2012.[17]


Hanne Darboven’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Her first solo exhibition outside Germany took place at Art & Project, Amsterdam, in 1970. The exhibition of her two-part work Card Index: Filing Cabinet (1975), simultaneously held in two New York galleries in 1978, was the first time that Darboven had shown her work in the United States, following a decision to stop exhibiting temporarily in 1976.[18] Darboven has since had numerous one-person exhibitions primarily in Europe and North America, including major presentations at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York. Individual works by Darboven were already included in the Documenta 5, 6 and 7, and in 1982 she represented the Federal Republic of Germany at the Venice Biennale (along with Gotthard Graubner and Wolfgang Laib). At the Documenta 11 her oeuvre was shown in all its many facets on three floors of the Fridericianum in Kassel,[14] making it the "centerpiece of the exhibition" with more than 4,000 drawings.[19]

Darboven's work was first shown by Galerie Konrad Fischer in Cologne. Gallerist Leo Castelli gave her nine shows between 1973 and 1995.[20] Count Panza bought several of her works.[1] Today Darboven's work is represented by Konrad Fischer Gallery and Gallery Sprüth Magers.

Selected exhibitions[21][edit]

  • 1967/68: Hanne Darboven. Konstruktionen - Zeichnungen, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 1968: Div. Zeichnungen, 1967, DIN A 2, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 1969: Hanne Darboven: Ausstellung mit 6 Filmprojektoren nach 6 Büchern über 1968, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach *
  • 1969: ›1968‹ und ›Ein Jahrhundert‹, Galerie Heiner Friedrich, München
  • 1970: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Michael Werner, Köln
  • 1970: Das Jahr 1970, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 1970: 00 / 366-1. 99 / 365-100 (bulletin 28), Art & Project, Amsterdam
  • 1970: 00 / 366-1. 99 / 365-100, Galleria Sperone, Turin
  • 1971: 42 × 100 / 100 × 42, Gerry Schum, Düsseldorf
  • 1971: Ein Jahrhundert in einem Jahr, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf Hanne Darboven, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
  • 1972: Hanne Darboven, Galleria Marilena Bonomo, Bari
  • 1972: Hanne Darboven (Atta Troll nach Heinrich Heine), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, zusammen mit Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin
  • 1972/73: Hanne Darboven (bulletin 64), Art & Project, Amsterdam
  • 1974: Zeichnungen, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
  • 1974: Hanne Darboven: Diary N.Y.C. February 15 until March 4 1974, Castelli Graphics, New York / Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin
  • 1974: Hanne Darboven, Galerie MTL, Brüssel
  • 1974: Hanne Darboven, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Brüssel
  • 1974: Hanne Darboven, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
  • 1974: Ein Monat, ein Jahr, ein Jahrhundert. Werke von 1968 bis 1974, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
  • 1974: Exhibition of works by Hanne Darboven, Leo Castelli & Sonnabend Gallery, New York
  • 1975: Hanne Darboven: 60 Arbeiten à 1 Arbeit, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 1975: Hanne Darboven: Een maand, een jaar, een eeuw – Werken von 1968 tot en met 1974, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 1975: Hanne Darboven. Atta Troll nach Heinrich Heine in Zahlenworte [abgezählte Worte] wieder aufgeschrieben, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
  • 1975: Hanne Darboven: Having bridged a (the) gap, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
  • 1976: Cusack Gallery, Houston
  • 1976: Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
  • 1976: Hanne Darboven: For Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1977: Hanne Darboven: Milieu – Aufbruch ins dritte Jahrtausend, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York / Kunstschau in der Böttcherstraße, Bremen
  • 1978: Hanne Darboven: J. J. Moser, das Völkerrecht, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York / Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
  • 1979: Hanne Darboven. Bismarckzeit, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
  • 1979: Hanne Darboven. 53 Wochen 75, Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln Hanne Darboven. Zeichnungen, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
  • 1980: Hanne Darboven: Milieu ›80‹ – today (für Walter Mehring) / Hanne Darboven: "Für Walther Mehring", Leo Castelli Gallery, New York / Palazzo Atelier, Köln
  • 1980: Hanne Darboven. Schreibzeit 75 / 80, Halle für Internationale Kunst, InK, Zürich
  • 1981: Hanne Darboven. Milieu ›80‹, Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln
  • 1981: Hanne Darboven: Wende ›80‹, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York / Konrad Fischer Galerie, Zürich / Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn / Gelbe Musik, Berlin
  • 1982: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Achim Kubinski, Stuttgart
  • 1982: Wende ›80‹, Ursula Block / Gelbe Musik, Berlin
  • 1983: Hanne Darboven: Wende ›80‹, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
  • 1983: Hanne Darboven: Der Mond ist aufgegangen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  • 1983: Schreibzeit, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 1984: Hanne Darboven: Ansichten ›82‹, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1985: Hanne Darboven: Regenmacher 85, Raum 41, Bonn
  • 1984: Hanne Darboven: Ansichten ›85‹, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1986: Hanne Darboven: Theatre 1985, Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg
  • 1986: Hanne Darboven: "Histoire de la Culture 1880 — 1983", "24 chants", Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • 1987: Hanne Darboven: R.M. Rilke. Das Stundenbuch, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1987: Hanne Darboven. Bismarckzeit, Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln Hanne Darboven. Theatre, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich
  • 1988: Hanne Darboven. Für Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kunstraum München, München / Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich
  • 1988: Hanne Darboven. Editionen 1978 — 88, Edition Schellmann, München / New York
  • 1989: Hanne Darboven. Ansichten ›85‹, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund / Helms-Museum, Hamburger Museum für Archäologie und die Geschichte Harburgs, Hamburg
  • 1989: Hanne Darboven. Requiem, Galerie Erhard Klein, Bonn
  • 1989: ATTA TROLL – eine Arbeit in Zahlenworten, daad Galerie, Berlin
  • 1989: Lehrstunde der Nachtigall, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart Hanne Darboven, Existenz, Galerie Paul Maenz, Köln
  • 1989/90: Hanne Darboven, Quartett ›88‹: Marie Curie, Rosa Luxemburg, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago / Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin / Portikus, Frankfurt am Main / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • 1990: Hanne Darboven: Kurt Schwitters, Busche Galerie, Köln
  • 1990: Hanne Darboven: For Abraham Lincoln, James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica
  • 1990: Hanne Darboven: Opus 26 Quartette Modell 1 – 9 1989 / 90, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Basel / Galerie Metropol, Wien
  • 1990: Hanne Darboven: Requiem for M. Oppenheimer, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1990: Hanne Darboven: Primitive Zeit / Uhrzeit (Hanne Darboven: Primitive Time / Clock Time), Goldie Paley Gallery / Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia
  • 1991: Evolution ›86‹, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, München / Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, Toronto / Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
  • 1991: Hanne Darboven. "Opus 26", 1989 / 90 und andere Arbeiten, Galerie Six Friedrich, München
  • 1991: Schreibzeit: Weltansichten, 1982, Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köln Hanne Darboven: "24 Gesänge, Opus 14a" und andere Editionen, Galerie Sima, Nürnberg
  • 1991: Hanne Darboven: Symphonie Fin de Siècle – Opus 27 / ABC-Symphonie – Opus 37, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
  • 1991: Hanne Darboven. Die geflügelte Erde, Requiem, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg / Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • 1992: Hanne Darboven. Aufbruch ins dritte Jahrtausend, Galerie der Stadt Sindel ngen, Sindelfingen
  • 1992: Hanne Darboven. Werke 1971 1974 1983 1987 1990, Busche Galerie, Köln
  • 1993: Hanne Darboven. Kreuzfahrt zur Hölle, Busche Galerie, Berlin
  • 1993: Hanne Darboven. Twentieth Anniversary, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1993: Hanne Darboven. Editionen, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Basel
  • 1994/95: Hanne Darboven: "Friedrich II, Harburg", 1986 / Hanne Darboven, Concert, "Opus 26", Goethe-Institut Gallery, London
  • 1994/95: Hanne Darboven. Hommage an meinen Vater, Hommage an meine Mutter, Galerie Meert Rihoux, Brüssel
  • 1995: Hanne Darboven. Hommage an meinen Vater, Hommage an meine Mutter, Museo Cantonale d’Arte Lugano, Lugano
  • 1995: Hanne Darboven. Vier Bücher, Busche Galerie, Berlin
  • 1995: Wende ›80‹ / Kreuzfahrt zur Hölle, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart
  • 1995: Hanne Darboven. South Korean Calendar, 1991, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 1996: Hanne Darboven. Milieu ›80‹ – heute (für Walter Mehring), Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
  • 1996: Hanne Darboven. Evolution Leibniz, 1986, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
  • 1996: Hanne Darboven: "Soll und Haben" und "Welttheater ›79‹", Ausstellungsgesellschaft für zeitgenössische Kunst, Essen / Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck
  • 1996: Hanne Darboven. Kulturgeschichte 1880 — 1983, Dia Center for the Arts, New York
  • 1997: Hanne Darboven – Kinder dieser Welt, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
  • 1998: Hanne Darboven. Stone of Wisdom / Stein der Weisen 1996, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
  • 1998: Hanne Darboven: Wende ›80‹, Busche Galerie, Berlin
  • 1999: Hanne Darboven. Erstveröffentlichung Schreibzeit, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Göttingen
  • 1999: Musikwerke Bildender Künstler, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin / Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
  • 1999: Hanne Darboven, 1969 / 1972 / 1983, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge
  • 1999/2000: Hanne Darboven. Das Frühwerk, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  • 1999/2000: Hommage à Picasso, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 2000: 9 × 11 = 99, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 2000: Hanne Darboven, De Zonnehof, Amersfoort
  • 2000: Menschen und Landschaften, Hallen für neue Kunst, Schaffhausen
  • 2000/01: Diary 1993, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin
  • 2001: Ein Jahrhundert, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
  • 2002: Hanne Darboven, Bücher 1966 — 2002, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster
  • 2002: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Ascan Crone, Berlin
  • 2002: Hanne Darboven – Kosmos ›85‹ – Weltreise – In Gedanken an Humboldt – Kosmos, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen
  • 2003: Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich
  • 2003: Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich
  • 2004: Querschnitt. Hanne Darboven in den Phoenix-Fabrikhallen, Phoenix Kulturstiftung (Sammlung Falckenberg), Hamburg
  • 2004: Hanne Darboven – ein Jahrhundert-ABC, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
  • 2005: Hanne Darboven, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York
  • 2006: Hanne Darboven: Selected Work, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 2006: Hanne Darboven, Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin Hanne Darboven – ein Jahrhundert-ABC, 2002, Galerie Crone, Berlin
  • 2006: Hanne Darboven. Hommage à Picasso, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
  • 2006: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
  • 2007: Hanne Darboven, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 2007: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Greta Meert, Brüssel
  • 2008: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich
  • 2008: Hanne Darboven. Fin de Siècle – Buch der Bilder, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
  • 2008: Hanne Darboven, Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin
  • 2009: Hanne Darboven - Konstruktionen 1968, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles Accrochage, Galerie Crone, Berlin
  • 2009: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin
  • 2009: Hanne Darboven, Sutton Lane, Paris
  • 2009/10: Der Sand, Galerie Kewenig, Köln
  • 2010: First Floor. Hanne Darboven, Galerie Crone, Berlin
  • 2010: Wunschkonzert, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
  • 2011: Hanne Darboven. Sunrise / Sunset, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin
  • 2012: Wunschkonzert, 1984, Sutton Lane, Paris
  • 2012: Hanne Darboven, Camden Arts Centre, London Wunschkonzert, 1984, Galerie Klosterfeld, Berlin
  • 2012/13: Hanne Darboven - Index, P420, Bologna
  • 2013: Hanne Darboven – Exhibition and Musical Performance (Kalender 94, Postum OP 42 A B C D, Bläserquintett / Opus 26 Quartette
  • 2013: Modell 1 — 9 1989 / 90), Museo della Musica, Bologna
  • 2013: Hanne Darboven – A Survey, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
  • 2013: Hanne Darboven, Musik aus Wende 80, Eyvind Kang and Trevor Dunn Swiss Institute, New York
  • 2013/14: Hanne Darboven: Ein Jahrhundert, Galerie Crone, Berlin
  • 2014: Wie flüchtig ist die Zeit! Hanne Darboven, Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg
  • 2014: Oren Ambarchi: Knots / EVOL play Hanne Darboven, ISSUE Project Room, New York
  • 2014: The order of time and things: The home studio of Hanne Darboven, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid / * *2014: Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg
  • 2014: Eine Nacht mit den "Queens of Minimal": Hanne Darboven und Chloé im Städel, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2015: accepting anything among everything, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2015: Hanne Darboven. Es geht um's Essen, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • 2015/16: Hanne Darboven: Aufklärung – Zeitgeschichten. Eine Retrospektive

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn / Haus der Kunst, München

  • 2016: Hanne Darboven, Galerie Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
  • 2016/17: Hanne Darboven: Kulturgeschichte, 1890 - 1983, Dia Art Foundation, New York City
  • 2017: Hanne Darboven: Gepackte Zeit, Sammlung Falckenberg / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 2017: Schreibzeit - Hanne Darboven, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Studiengalerie 1.357, Frankfurt am Main

Awards (Selection)[edit]

Public Collections (Selection)[edit]

See also[edit]

Literature [22][edit]

  • Luckow, Dirk (ed.): 'Hanne Darboven / Gepackte Zeit', Deichtorhallen Hamburg 2017
  • Rübel, Dietmar/ Lange-Berndt, Petra/ Liebelt, Susanne (eds.): 'Hanne Darboven: Korrespondenz. Briefe 1967 - 1975', Köln: Walther König Verlag 2015
  • Berger, Verena (ed.): ‘Hanne Darboven: Boundless’, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 2015
  • Enwezor, Okwui (ed.): ‘Hanne Darboven: Enlightenment’, London: Prestel Publishing 2015
  • Janhsen, Angeli: 'Kunst selbst sehen', Freiburg: Modo-Verlag 2013
  • Diehr, Ursula: 'Art 43 Basel, 14-17.6.12 – The art show', exhibition catalogue, Die Kunstmesse, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag 2013
  • Schenk-Weininger, Isabell: 'Von Tagebuch bis weblog - Tägliche Strategien in der Gegenwartskunst', exhibition catalogue, Bietigheim-Bissingen Städtische: Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen 2012
  • Hanne Darboven – Index, exhibition catalogue, Bologna: P420 arte contemporanea 2012
  • Wiehager, Renate (ed.): 'Minimalism in Germany - The Sixties / Minimalismus in Deutschland - die 1960er Jahre', exhibition catalogue, Daimler Contemporary, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 2012
  • Rattemeyer, Christian: 'Kompass - Zeichnungen aus dem Museum of Modern Art, New York', exhibition catalogue, New York: The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection; Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 2011
  • Gaensheimer, Susanne / Kramer, Mario (eds.): 'The Lucid Evidence. Fotografie aus der Sammlung MMK', exhibition catalogue, Frankfurt am Main: Museum für Moderne Kunst and Nürnberg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst 2010
  • Whitney, Alexandra (ed.): 'The Helga and Walther Lauffs Collection’ [Vol. 1 and 2], exhibition catalogue, Göttingen: Zwirner & Wirth 2009
  • Adler, Daniel: 'Hanne Darboven. Cultural History. 1880-1983', London: Afterall Books 2009
  • Cherix, Christophe: 'In & Out of Amsterdam. Travels in Conceptual Art. 1960-1976', exhibition catalogue, New York: The Museum of Modern Art 2009
  • Hillings, Valerie L.: 'Hanne Darboven - Hommage to Picasso', exhibition catalogue, incl. Audio CD: 'Opus 60', New York: Guggenheim Museum; London: Thames & Hudson, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag 2006
  • Sperlinger, Mike: 'Afterthought new writing on conceptual art', London: Rachmaninoff's 2005
  • Lailach, Michael: 'Printed matter - die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek', exhibition catalogue, Berlin: Staatliche Museen Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz 2005
  • Kölle, Brigitte: 'Die Kunst des Ausstellens. Untersuchungen zum Werk des Künstlers und Kunstvermittlers Konrad Lueg, Fischer (1939-1996)', Hildesheim 2005
  • Carl, Bettina: 'Hard Work Looking Easy, the Ballerinas Always Smile: Notes on the Art of Hanne Darboven', In: Sperlinger, Mike (ed.): 'Afterthought: New Writings on Conceptual Art', London: Rachmaninoffs 2005, pp. 45-64
  • Schlüter, Maik (ed.): 'Hanne Darboven. Ein Jahrhundert-ABC', Hannover: Kestner-Gesellschaft 2004
  • Michael Corris (ed.): 'Hanne Darboven: Seriality and the Time of Solitude, Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth and Practice', New York: Cambridge University Press 2004
  • Graw, Isabelle: 'Die bessere Hälfte, Künstlerinnen des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts', Köln: DuMont 2003
  • Bippus, Elke: 'Serielle Verfahren, Pop Art, Minimal Art, Conceptual Art und Postminimalism', Berlin: Reimer 2003
  • Newman, Michael: 'Remembering and Repeating: Hanne Darboven´s Work', In: Cooke, Lynne / Kelly, Karen (eds.): Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art, Vol. 2, New York: Dia Center for the Arts 2003
  • Bippus, Elke / Westheider, Ortrud (eds.): 'Hanne Darboven: Kommentiertes Werkverzeichnis der Bücher (Bücher 1966 – 2002)', exhibition catalogue, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Köln: Walther König 2002
  • Adriani, Götz: 'Kunst im Reichstagsgebäude', Köln: DuMont 2002
  • Kuhn, N.: 'POETRY INTERMEDIA – Künstlerbücher nach 1960', exhibition catalogue, Berlin: Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz 2002
  • Wagner, T.: 'Hanne Darboven - Die Bücher 1971-2001', exhibition catalogue, Münster: Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte 2002
  • Grosenick, Uta: 'Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century', Köln: Taschen Verlag 2001
  • Jussen, Bernhard: 'Hanne Darboven – Schreibzeit', Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, exhibition catalogue, König: Walther König 2000
  • Hanne Darboven. Kreuzfahrt zur Hölle, exhibition catalogue, Berlin: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., IfA, and Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 2000
  • Kaak, Joachim /Thierolf, Corinna (eds.): 'Hanne Darboven / John Cage: a Dialogue of Artworks', Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz 2000
  • Herzogenrath, Wulf / Friedel, Helmut (eds.): 'Von Beuys bis Cindy Sherman', exhibition catalogue, München: Sammlung Lothar Schirmer 1999
  • Felix, Zdenek: 'Hanne Darboven. Ein Reader', Hamburg: Oktagon 1999
  • Lil, Kira van: 'Hanne Darboven. Menschen und Landschaften', Hamburg 1999
  • Westheider, Orturd (ed.): 'Hanne Darboven. Das Frühwerk', exhibition catalogue, Hamburg: Hamburger Kunsthalle; Berlin: Kulturstiftung der Länder 1999
  • Carnegie International: Hanne Darboven – Live, Living A I, II; B I, II; C, I, II (1998), exhibition catalogue, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute 1999
  • Chronos & Kairos: Die Zeit in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, exhibition catalogue, Kassel: Museum Fridericianum 1999
  • Doherty, Brigit / Nisbet, Peter: 'Works, Hanne Darboven, 1969/1972/1983', exhibition brochure, Issue 28 of Harvard University Art Museums gallery series, Camebridge: Bush-Resinger Museum, Harvard University Museums Gallery 1999
  • Painting, Object, Film, Concept: Works from the Herbig Collection, exhibition catalogue, New York: Christie's 1998
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Briefe aus New York 1966-68 an zu Hause (999 monogrammierte Exemplare)', Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 1997
  • Szeemann, Harald: '4e Biennale de Lyon d'art contemporain', exhibition catalogue, Lyon: Réunion des Musées Nationaux 1997
  • Graw, Isabelle: 'Work Ennobles – I´m staying bourgeois (Hanne Darboven)', In: de Zegher, Catherine (ed.): Inside the Visible: An Elliptical Traverse of 20th Century Art in, of and From the Feminine, Cambridge: MIT Press 1996
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Wenn artig, warum nicht eigenartig', Ostfildern: Cantz 1995
  • Kramer, Mario / Hanne Darboven: 'Ein Jahrhundert-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gewidmet, 1971-1982/A Century-Dedicated to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1971-1982', Frankfurt: Museum für Moderne Kunst 1994
  • Garrels, Gary: 'Photography in Contemporary German Art, 1960 to the Present', exhibition catalogue, Minneapolis: Walker Art Center 1992
  • Bischoff, Ulrich: 'Hanne Darboven. Evolution >86<', Munich: Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst 1991
  • Tsuzuki, Kyoichi: 'Art Random: Hanne Darboven', Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin International 1991
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Quartett '88', Cologne: Walther Koenig 1990
  • Block, René: 'The Readymade Boomerang: Certain Relations in 20th Century Art', exhibition catalogue, Sydney: Biennale of Sydney 1990
  • Hegyi, Lorand: 'Concept Art, Minimal Art, Arte Povera, Land Art: Sammlung Marzano', exhibition catalogue, Bielefeld: Kunsthalle Bielefeld 1989
  • Froment, Jean-Louis / Bourel, Michel: 'Art conceptuel I', exhibition catalogue, Bordeaux: CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain 1988
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Rainer Maria Rilke – Das Stundenbuch', exhibition catalogue, New York: Leo Castelli and München: Schirmer Mosel 1987
  • Suzanne Pagé (ed.): 'Hanne Darboven: Histoire de la culture, 1880-1983', exhibition catalogue, Paris: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 1986
  • Berger, Maurice: 'Repetitions: A Postmodern Dynamic', exhibition catalogue, New York: Hunter College of Art 1985
  • König, Kaspar: 'Von hier aus. Zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf', exhibition catalogue, Cologne: DuMont 1984
  • Felix, Zdenek: 'Concetto-Imago: Generations wechsel in Italien', Bonn: Bonner Kunstverein 1983
  • 'Documenta 7', exhibition catalogue, Kassel 1982
  • Anderson, Richard E.: 'Postminimalism', exhibition catalogue, Ridgefield: The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 1982
  • Glozen, Lazlo (ed.): 'Westkunst: Zeigenössische Kunst seit 1939', exhibition catalogue, Cologne: Du Mont Buchverlag 1981
  • De Wilde, Edy (ed.): 'The Stedelijk Museum Collection', exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum 1980
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Milieu >80<-: heute. Freiheit statt Strauss. Friede statt Krieg', Hamburg 1980
  • Faust, Wolfgang / Max, Paul Maenz: 'Köln Jahresbericht 1979', Cologne: Paul Maenz 1980
  • Burgbacher-Krupka, Ingrid: 'Strukturen zeitgenössicher Kunst. Eine empirische Untersuchung zur Rezeption der Werke von Beuys, Darboven, Flavin, Long, Walther', Stuttgart: Enke 1979
  • Cramer, Richard / Lippard R., Lucy: 'Intricate Structure/Repeated Image', exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia: Tyler School of Art of Temple University 1979
  • Honnef, Klaus: 'Hanne Darboven: Bismarkzeit', exhibition catalogue, Bonn: Rheinisches Landesmuseum 1979
  • Ruhrberg, Karl (ed.): 'Handbuch Museum Ludwig', Cologne: Museum Ludwig 1979
  • Works from the Crex Collection, exhibition catalogue, Zurich: InK, Halle für internationale neue Kunst 1978
  • Europe in the Seventies: Aspects of Recent Art', exhibition catalogue, Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago 1977
  • P-Orridge, Genesis / Colin, Naylor (eds.): 'Contemporary Artists', London, New York: St. James Press 1976
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Hanne Darboven. For Jean-Paul Sartre', Hamburg 1976
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'e.t.c. 2 = 1, 2; 1 + 1 = 1, 2', Hamburg 1976
  • Darboven, Hanne: '00 > 99 Ein Jahrhundert I > XII', Hamburg 1976
  • Functions of Drawing', Otterlo: Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller 1975
  • Painting, Drawing and Sculpture of the '60s and the '70s from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania 1975
  • Félix, Zdenek: 'Zeichnen/Bezeichnen,Zeicchnungen aus der Sammlung Mia und Martin Visser, mit Beiträugen aus der Sammlung Geert Jan Visser', exhibition catalogue, Basel: Kunstmuseum Basel 1976
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'El Lissitzky. Kunst und Pangeometrie', Brussels: Daled, and Société des Expositions, and Hamburg: Hossmann 1974
  • Darboven, Hanne /Jean-Christophe Ammann: 'Atta Troll', exhibition catalogue, incl. Audio-CD, Luzern: Kunstmuseum Luzern 1975
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Hanne Darboven: Diary N. Y. C.', exhibition catalogue, New York: Castelli Graphics and Turin: Gian Enzo Sperone 1974
  • Idea and Image in Recent Art', exhibition catalogue, Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago 1974
  • Weiss, Evelyn: 'XII Bienal de São Paulo 1973: Hanne Darboven', exhibition catalogue, Cologne: Druckhaus Deutz 1973
  • Lippard, Lucy: 'Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972', New York, Washington: Praeger Publishers 1973
  • Honnef, Klaus: ‘Concept Art’, Cologne: Phaidon 1972
  • Szeemann, Harald (ed.): 'Documenta 5: Befragung der Realität. Bildwelten heute', exhibition catalogue, Kassel: Documenta 1972
  • Celant, Germano: 'Book as Artwork 1960/72', exhibition catalogue, London: Nigel Greenwood 1972
  • Honnef, Klaus (ed.): 'Hanne Darboven', exhibition catalogue, Münster: Westfälischer Kunstverein 1971
  • Block, René: 'Entwürfe, Partituren, Projekte: Zeichnungen', exhibition catalogue, Berlin: Galerie René Block 1971
  • Darboven, Hanne: 'Ein Jahrhundert im einem Jahr', Amsterdam: Stichting-Octopus 1971
  • Prospect 71: Projection, exhibition catalogue, Düsseldorf: Städtische Kunsthalle 1971
  • Dienst, Rolf-Gunter: 'Deutsche Kunst. Eine neue Generation', Cologne: DuMont Schauberg 1970
  • Celant, Germano: 'Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Land Art', exhibition catalogue, Turin: Galleria civica d'arte moderna 1970
  • Jahn, Fred / Wedewer, Rolf (eds.): 'Zeichnungen: Baselitz, Beuys, Buthe, Darboven, Erben, Palermo, Polke, Richter, Rot', exhibition catalogue, Leverkusen: Städtisches Museum Schloss Morsbroich; Hamburg: Kunsthaus; Munich: Kunstverein 1970
  • McShine, Kynaston L. (ed.): 'Information', exhibition catalogue, New York: The Museum of Modern Art 1970
  • Darboven, Hanne: [untitled xerox book], Hamburg 1969
  • Lippard, Lucy R.: '555,087', exhibition catalogue, Seattle: The Council 1969
  • Szeemann, Harald: '1Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form: Works-Concepts-Processes-Situations-Information', exhibition catalogue, Bern: Kunsthalle Bern 1969
  • Strelow, Hans (ed.): 'Sammlung 1968: Karl Ströher', exhibition catalogue, Berlin: Kunstverein and Neue Nationalgalerie 1969
  • Art in Series, exhibition catalogue, New York: Finch College Museum of Art 1968


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