Hanne Darboven's monumental work entitled Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983), 1980-1983, will open to the public at Dia Center for the Arts, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, on March 28, 1996.
Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 consists of 1,590 wall-mounted panels of uniform size and format and nineteen objects. It traces one hundred years of history via a miscellany of images and texts that range from postcards to art reproductions, portraits of film stars, and the covers of weekly magazines. Many bear handwritten notes and quotations.
Over the past thirty years, this German artist has created a vast body of work based on time as registered by history and by memory alike. Beginning with the date, whose numbers she manipulates into a temporal and chronological system, Darboven has in Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 constructed an encompassing, encyclopedic archive that fuses public history and collective memory with personal experience.
Hanne Darboven was born in 1941 in Munich, Germany. In 1965 she graduated from the Hochschule fnr Bildende Kunst in Hamburg, where she had studied painting. Between 1966 and 1968, Darboven lived in New York City where she created her first mature works, which placed her at the center of Conceptual art practice. Since 1967 she has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965-1975, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1995-96. In New York City she has shown with Leo Castelli Gallery since 1973. She lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.
Background information on Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 is available at Dia's world wide web site located at www.diacenter.org.
Dia will close for the summer on June 23, 1996. The exhibition will continue when Dia reopens on September 12, 1996 and remain on view through June 1, 1997. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Major funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Lufthansa German Airlines, with additional generous contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Consulate General New York and the members of the Dia Art Council.
Opus 17A, a work for double bass that the artist composed immediately after finishing Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983, will have its debut at a reception for the artist on May 1, 1996 at 6:00 p.m. The piece will then be recorded and played once a day throughout the duration of the exhibition.
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