Hanne Darboven was born in Munich, April 1941. She grew up in Hamburg and, after a brief career as a pianist, enrolled in the academic art program at the Hamburg Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in 1963. After graduating, Darboven moved to New York City where she lived in relative isolation until she met American artist Sol LeWitt in the fall of 1966. LeWitt was intrigued by Darboven's drawings, geometric diagrams on graph paper, and soon they became close friends. Following an introduction arranged by LeWitt, Darboven had her first solo exhibition at the new Galerie Konrad Fischer in Düsseldorf in 1967. Exhibiting in prestigious galleries and museums in Europe and the U.S. from that moment on, Darboven has emerged as one of the leading practitioners of Conceptual Art. In 1969, Darboven returned to Hamburg where she has since lived and worked in her family's house.
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