Hanne Darboven. Enlightenment

EXHIBITION 18.09.15 – 14.02.16

Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) is one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary international artists. The first major retrospective after the artist's death brings together key works from all phases of her prolific work. It is collaboratively organized by and simultaneously presented at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and Haus der Kunst in Munich. While both exhibition venues highlight the outstanding and expansive oeuvre of this key conceptual artist in its entire temporal and stylistic breadth, each offers a different focal point within it. While the Bundeskunsthalle features works in which the artist is concerned with history, political events, and German history, the exhibition in Haus der Kunst concentrates on the expansive work series from cultural history, music, literature, and (natural) science. Here, we can see Darboven's special proximity to the thoughts of Enlightenment in terms of both the works' subject matter and the artist's individual mindset and political conviction. 

At the center of the Munich exhibition are two principal installations: The first focusses on Darboven's books and publications, evoking in the viewer a sense of standing in a grand library at the heart of an Enlightenment institution; the second installation is a presentation of the original "music room" of Darboven's studio in Hamburg, offering access to Darboven's intellectual cosmos for the first time through this quasi-encyclopaedic archive of things. Her own collecting practice and taxonomic strategies have so far been mostly unrecognized by the public, but the resulting assemblages of objects offer fascinating insight into her work and personality. 

Both exhibitions feature Darboven's characteristic series of symbols and writing; early Minimalist works that consist of both material pictures and construction drawings, her own musical compositions, including live performances, that implement numerical systems in sequences of notes, as well as filmic works. Further highlights will be the presentation of expansive key works like "Cultural History, 1880–1983" and "Schreibzeit". Also on view are sculptures and object-artistic pieces.

Events

Wunschkonzert, Part 1 (Opus 17a and b)
Solo concert in the exhibition
Erica Wise, cello
Wednesday, 04.11, 7 pm

Wunschkonzert, Part 2 (Opus 18a and b)
Solo concert in the exhibition
Erica Wise, cello
Wednesday, 18.11, 7 pm
Tickets

24 Gesänge [Songs]
Organ concert in the Markuskirche (St. Mark's Church)
Organist: Alexander Moosbrugger
Friday, 04.12, 7 pm
Tickets

Talks & Tours
with Okwui Enwezor and Kasper König
Tuesday, 15.12, 6:30 pm
Tickets

A short violin solo by Hanne Darboven had its première at Haus der Kunst and will be performed in the exhibition galleries every Sunday from 2-6 pm by students of the Musikhochschule München.

An audio tour of the exhibition is available in both German and English; sponsored by Freunde Haus der Kunst.
Audio guide / Podcast

The exhibition is a cooperation of the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, and Haus der Kunst, Munich, with the Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg.
Cultural partner

Hanne Darboven, Quartett ›88‹, 1988, Glenstone, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Quartett ›88‹, 1988, Glenstone, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven's studio in Hamburg-Harburg, Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg, photo © Felix Krebs
Hanne Darboven's studio in Hamburg-Harburg, Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg, photo © Felix Krebs
Hanne Darboven's studio in Hamburg-Harburg, Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg, photo © Felix Krebs
Hanne Darboven's studio in Hamburg-Harburg, Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg, photo © Felix Krebs
Hanne Darboven, Inventions that changed the world, 1996 © Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2015
Hanne Darboven, Inventions that changed the world, 1996 © Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2015
Hanne Darboven, Inventions that changed the world, 1996, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Inventions that changed the world, 1996, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Geography I, II, III, 1986, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Geography I, II, III, 1986, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Cultural History 1880-1983, 1980-1983, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Cultural History 1880-1983, 1980-1983, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Cultural History 1880-1983, 1980-1983, detail, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Cultural History 1880-1983, 1980-1983, detail, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Music Room, in the background Contrabass Solo, Opus 45, 1998-2000, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Music Room, in the background Contrabass Solo, Opus 45, 1998-2000, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Book of Pictures – Fin de Siècle, 1992-1993, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Hanne Darboven, Book of Pictures – Fin de Siècle, 1992-1993, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Maximilian Geuter © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Stretch your view


Stretch your view

Picture Gallery


Music

Hanne Darboven – The Composer

Hanne Darboven believed music to be as important as other art forms; beginning in 1980, she created vast musical compositions. MORE


Video

Hanne Darboven / Exhibition film

Exhibition film on "Hanne Darboven. Zeitgeschichten — Enlightenment" MORE


Concert, Video

Hanne Darboven: 24 Gesänge

04.12.15

As part of the Hanne Darboven exhibition the organ concert "24 Gesänge" was performed in the Markuskirche. Organist: Alexander Moosbrugger, 04.12.15. MORE


In the press

Reviews on Hanne Darboven

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Hanne Darboven – Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

The first major retrospective after the artist's death is collaboratively organized by and simultaneously presented at Haus der Kunst ("Enlightenment") and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn ("Zeitgeschichten"). MORE


Audioguide

Audioguide "Hanne Darboven. Enlightenment"

An audio guide is available to lead visitors through the exhibition "Hanne Darboven. Enlightenment". MORE


Worksheets

Worksheet on "Hanne Darboven"

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