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Hanne Darboven. Correspondences

19.05.2017 to 27.08.2017
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) is the most important German conceptual artist and for the first time, this exhibition makes parts of her “correspondence” publicly available. Celebrating the donation of works from all phases of the artist’s career, drawings, numeric constructions and image series derived from her engagement with minimal and conceptual art will be exhibited. These works are combined with mailings from 1967 to 1975, which reveal the establishment of a dense network of fellow artists, curators, art dealers, critics and friends. Prior to her death, the artist chose approximately 1,150 letters, postcards, sketches, plans and photographs from this time period for the general public. This collection, held by the Hanne Darboven Stiftung, provides new insights into her work process as well as the art system around 1970.

Along the way, a part that has been overshadowed, until now, by the identity as an artist, collector and composer comes to the fore: Hanne Darboven the correspondent and her unbridled passion for writing. The exhibition presents a selection of letters received by Hanne Darboven and those penned by her to long-standing friends. For hundreds of letters were exchanged particularly between her and Carl Andre, Roy Colmer, Isi Fiszman, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and members of her family. And in addition, there are messages to and from colleagues (Daniel Buren, Gilbert & George, Reiner Ruthenbeck or Ruth Vollmer), collectors (Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Karl Ströher, Mia and Martin Visser), curators (Johannes Cladders, Douglas Crimp, Kasper König, Lucy Lippard), art dealers (Leo Castelli, Konrad Fischer or Adriaan Van Ravesteijn of Art & Project). For the first time, the exhibition takes these postal exchanges as an opportunity to also enquire into artistic correspondences with these pen friends. Accordingly, Darboven’s works from the collections of the Nationalgalerie, the Kupferstichkabinett and the Kunstbibliothek of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are complemented by the presentation of works by artist colleagues with whom she was in close contact, such as Carl Andre, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Sol LeWitt and Lawrence Weiner.

The exhibition is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie and curated by Gabriele Knapstein, Petra Lange-Berndt und Dietmar Rübel.

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