Hanne Darboven was born in 1941 in Munich, Germany and now lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. After a brief episode as a pianist, she attended the Staatliche Hochshule für Bildende Künst in Hamburg. From 1966 to 1969 she lived intermittently in New York City, ultimately returning to her family home in Hamburg.
Darboven uses a broad range of media, including handwritten and typewritten texts, photographs and films. She first exhibited in New York in the late 1960s where she was in contact with Minimalist and Conceptual artists such as Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd. In 1983, Darboven participated in an exhibition for Rainer Werner Fassbinder which included a 90-panel work which combined postcards, collaged photographs and lithographic printing, as well as the artist’s signature handwritten “calendrical” counting.
Since 1967, Hanne Darboven has had one-person shows in museums and galleries throughout Europe and in New York, Chicago and Toronto. Her work was also included in the important international exhibitions, “Documenta 5” (1972), “Documenta 6” (1977) and “Documenta 7” (1982) in Kassel, Germany.