September 11, 2015 - Bundeskunsthalle - Hanne Darboven
September 11, 2015

Hanne Darboven

Hanne Darboven, Kinder dieser Welt (Children of this World) (detail), 1990–96.*

Hanne Darboven
Zeitgeschichten (Time Histories)

11 September 2015–17 January 2016

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn

T +49 228 9171 200
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Parallel to Hanne Darboven. Zeitgeschichten (Time Histories) in the Bundeskunsthalle, Hanne Darboven. Aufklärung (Enligthenment) will be on display at the Haus der Kunst in Munich from 18 September 2015 to 14 February 2016. The retrospective in Bonn and Munich shows not only the great variety of the artist’s characteristic writing-based works, but also the scope of her object art. Materials from her spacious studio and home—a seemingly encyclopedic archive of objects—help viewers to understand the artist’s conceptual cosmos.

Hanne Darboven (1941–2009), the great conceptual artist, observed the political developments of her times with a watchful eye and created extensive works that can also be interpreted as comments on day-to-day events. Likewise, her fascinating and stylistically diverse oeuvre reflects the evolvement of our history, culture, and society. As a tribute to poets, philosophers, politicians, and artists, the aesthetics of her serial works continue to set standards. Her collective work is defined not only by its linking of art, politics, society, and the private living environment, but also by the connection it draws between different forms of expression, such as literature, visual arts, film, and music. By interweaving texts, photographs, postcards, and cross sums, she merged the past and “today” in a collage. Its message is conveyed in an infinite number of implicit chronicles.

“Sometimes it takes two institutions to adequately recognise the significance of an artist’s oeuvre in a retrospective. This is especially true in the case of Hanne Darboven. Her work is a uniquely compelling argument for the proposition that a maximum of quantity can also generate a maximum of quality,” says Rein Wolfs.

Hanne Darboven. Aufklärung–Zeitgeschichten (Hanne Darboven. Enlightenment–Time Histories), a retrospective in two parts, is a collaborative project between the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn and the Haus der Kunst, Munich, in association with the Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg.

The catalogue documents both exhibitions. Published in two editions (German/English) by Prestel, it includes contributions by Elke Bippus, Thomas Ebers, Okwui Enwezor, Zdenek Felix, Wolfgang Marx, Miriam Schoofs and Rein Wolfs. (ISBN 978-3-7913-5499-6)

Curators (Bundeskunsthalle): Rein Wolfs, Susanne Kleine

Media partner: Monopol
Cultural partner: WDR

Current exhibitions:

Karl Lagerfeld

Until 13 September 2015

Trouble In Paradise
Until 11 October 2015 

Petrit Halilaj
She, fully turning around, became terrestrial

Until 18 October 2015


Japan’s Love For Impressionism. from Monet to Renoir
8 October 2015–21 February 2016

Isa Genzken
Models for outdoor projects
15 January–17 April 2016

Pina Bausch
4 March–24 July 2016

Everything is Design
1 April–14 August 2016

The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution of the German Parliament.

Rein Wolfs

Managing Director
Bernhard Spies

Corporate Communications
T +49 228 9171 204 / presse [​at​]

*Hanne Darboven, Kinder dieser Welt (Children of this World) (detail), 1990–96. © Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2015. Photo: Simon Vogel, 2015. Courtesy of Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH.

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