Hanne Darboven was born in 1941 in Munich, Germany. Following a brief episode as a pianist, she studied painting at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künst in Hamburg. Between 1966 and 1969, she lived intermittently in New York City, after which she returned to her family home in Hamburg where she continues to live and work. Darboven has participated in numerous international exhibitions including Documentas 5, 6, and 7 in Kassel, and the 1982 Biennale of Venice. She also has had numerous one-person shows in Europe and North America, including major presentations at the Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, Toronto, in 1991, and in Hamburg and Eindhoven in 1992. Hanne Darboven died on March 9, 2009 in Germany.