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Hanne Darboven: Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983

March 28, 1996–June 29, 1997, Dia Chelsea



This monumental work consists of 1589 panels of uniform size and format. The work transcribes epochs of time and text into schematic, visual symbols, tracing one hundred years of history by means of texts and numbers, photographs and postcards, many bearing handwritten notes and quotations, as well as almost a score of objects. Darboven’s Opus 17A, a work for double bass that she composed after she completed Kulturgeschicte 1880-1983, debuted at Dia and now plays once a day throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Click here for a collection of writings, images, and sounds which serve as an introduction to Hanne Darboven's work, compiled by Vivian Bobka in 1996.


Hanne Darboven

Hanne Darboven was born in Munich, Germany, in 1941. She died in Hamburg, Germany, in 2009.

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Artists on Hanne Darboven

Artists on Hanne Darboven is the first installment in a series culled from Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures, focused on German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven. It features contributions from Gregg Bordowitz, Sam Lewitt, Josephine Meckseper, and Matt Mullican.

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Photo: Don Stahl

Hanne Darboven: Opus 17A (audio CD)

Hanne Darboven's Opus 17A is a work for double bass that the artist composed immediately after finishing Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983, 1980–83. It was first performed at the opening of Darboven's exhibition at Dia on Wednesday, May 1, 1996.

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