Hanne Darboven; born April 29, 1941, in Munich. Hanne Darboven studied under Wilhelm Grimm and Almir Mavignier at the Academy of the Arts in Hamburg from 1962 until 1966. She spent then two years in New York until 1968, where she was especially influenced by her contact with minimalist artists such as Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt.
Her works received international recognition fairly early. They could be seen in New York in the Museum of Modern Art in 1970 and in the Guggenheim Museum in 1971. Darboven took part in "documenta 5" in 1972 in Kassel, participating three more times in 1977, 1982, and 2002. She represented Germany at the Biennale di Venezia in 1982.
Hanne Darboven received the respected Lichtwark Prize in Hamburg in 1994. Since the late 1960's, she has been engaged in the visualization of time in her art through her own system of characters and symbols. Using number codes, texts, photographs, and diagrams, Darboven tries to hold fast the passage of time or historical events with simple typing paper, whereby she makes the time dimension of her works perceptible as a spatial dilation by hanging these pages on the wall.
Her intention is to make the rather imperceptible flow of time comprehensible and to show the limits of perception.
Hanne Darboven died 2009 in Hamburg.