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Hanne Darboven is an internationally leading representativ of conceptual art. She was raised in Hamburg, Germany belonging to a wealthy trading family. After she finished her artistic studies in Hamburg she moved to New York in the 1960s, later to Paris and then permanently returned to Hamburg.

  • Born on: 29 April 1941
  • Died on: 9 March 2009
  • Place of birth: Munich, Bavaria
  • Nationality: German
  • Studied at: University of Fine Arts of Hamburg
  • Teacher: Wilhelm Grimm
  • Similar Artists: Joseph Kosuth, Rebecca Horn
  • Era: Modern art
  • Stylistic direction: Minimalism, conceptual art

Hanne Darboven participated in the Venice Biennale and two Documenta exhibitions in Kassel, Germany. Furthermore, she was elected into the German Academy of Arts which was received not only as an honor to herself but as an acknowledgement of conceptual art within the German canon. Especially in recent years Hanne Darboven gained yet even more popularity worldwide and her work was shown in major exhibitions.

Hanne Darboven prices

Artist: Title: Price: Type: Size: Edition: Handsigned: Numberedt: Date:
Hanne Darboven Marmor, Neuenfelde, Elbe 1100 Euro Original print 15.7 x 19.7 in limited edition of 60 yes yes 17.07.2019
Hanne Darboven 24 Gesänge 2700 Euro Original print 61 x 104.7 in limited edition of 33 yes yes 17.07.2019
Hanne Darboven Harburg Sand 1100 Euro Original print 31.5 x 38.2 in limited edition of 75 yes yes 17.07.2019
Hanne Darboven Theatre 550 Euro Original print 23.62 x 20.86 in limited edition of 120 + XX yes yes 17.07.2019


Hanne Darboven for sale 

You are interested in Hanne Darboven artworks and editions and would like to buy a work of the artist? Discover in our online gallery a selected range of original limited edition prints.

Currently we can offer you the offset lithograph Theatre for sale. This print is handsigned, numbered  and in excellent condition. Also from the 1980s is Darboven's Edition Harburg Sand which is a lithograph and collotype on handmade paper. In addition, two works from the 1990s by Hanne Darboven are for sale in our gallery store. One, the two-part silkscreen titled 24 Gesänge. This work is also handsigned and numbered by artist. On the other hand, we offer the three-part granolithography Künstlicher Marmor, Neuenfelde Church, Harburg Elbe Nord from 1998. On the reverse side, these prints are all numbered and handsigned by Darboven

Even during her lifetime, Hanne Darboven's work was widely recognized. Today she is counted among the most outstanding international artists of the 20th century. Her works are represented in renowned museums such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris or the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.



The German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven was born in Munich on April 29, 1941, the second of three children. Together with her two sisters, she grew up well protected in a merchant's family in the Rönneburg district of Hamburg. She attended the Waldörfer School in Hamburg-Volksdorf and completed her school career there with a high-school diploma in 1962. Before that, she had opted for the school's music specialization in the upper school.

After graduating from school, she studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg from 1962 to 1965. There she was taught by the artists Willem Grimm and Almir Mavignier, a representative of Op Art and Concrete Art. It was during this time that she created her first so-called "permutations". A year after graduating, she moved to New York in 1966, where she became acquainted with artists of Minimal and Concept Art. These included Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, and Carl Andre, whose conception of art would also influence Darboven's work. Thus, during her stay in New York, she created her first repetitive numerical structures, which she created from calendar dates and arranged on graph paper according to a system she had conceived.

In 1967, the Konrad Fischer Gallery in Düsseldorf hosted her first solo exhibition. Two years later, Darboven returned to her hometown of Hamburg from the United States and began incorporating poems by Heinrich Heine and Jean-Paul Sartre into her work, which she herself saw as a form of writing.

In 1972, Darboven participated in the documenta in Kassel for the first time. A year later Leo Castelli, whom the artist had also met during her time in New York, exhibited her work in his gallery and continued to represent her in the following years. Beginning in 1975, her work explored the representation of history. Her main work "Writing Time" was created, in which she made historical events visible through texts, numerical coding, photographs and diagrams.

Since the early 1980s, she began to transform her number systems into sequences of notes by assigning a note to each number. In collaboration with a musician, the sequences of notes were turned into arrangements for various instruments. In 1982, Darboven represented Germany at the Venice Biennale.

Hanne Darboven died on March 09, 2009 in Hamburg-Rönneburg as a result of lymphatic cancer. She was a laureate of the Edwin-Scharff-Prize of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and a member of the Academy of Arts. In addition, she held an honorary professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg from 2000 and established the Hanne Darboven Foundation in Hamburg in the same year.



  • 18.09.21 - 09.01.22 NEW ORDER. Über Kunst und Ordnung in ungewissen Zeiten- Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg.
  • 18.09.21 - 01.07.24 Delinking and Relinking - Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Einhoven.
  • 04.09.21 - 21.11.21 Die relative Vermessung der Welt. - Kunstsammlung Jena.
  • 03.06.21 - 19.09.21 Zeros and Ones - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
  • 27.05.21 - 05.09.21 Sound and Silence: Der Klang Der Stille in Der Kunst Der Gegenwart - Kunstmuseum Bonn.
  • 27.11.20 - 16.05.21 HANNE DARBOVEN – DER REGENMACHER – MKM Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg.
  • 18.11.20 - 25.04.21 Cybernetics of the Poor – Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna.
  • 17.10.20 - 14.02.21 NO DANDY, NO FUN - Kunsthalle Bern.
  • 23.09.20 - 01.03.21 Disonata. Art in Sound up to 1980 - Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.
  • 23.06.20 - 06.11.20 Double Lives - BUNDESKUNSTHALLE Bonn.
  • 01.06.20 - 25.04.21 MISFITTING TOGETHER – MUMOK Wien, Vienna.
  • 14.04.20 - 14.09.20 Flower Blast : Artist from the Ludwig Collection - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen.
  • 08.02.20 - 03.05.20 Poetic Faith - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent.
  • 29.01.20 - 03.05.20 Scrivere Disegnando - When Language Seeks Its Other - Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve.
  • 17.01.20 - 01.03.20 Die Ordnung der Dinge. Vom Graph zum System – Fabrik 45, Bonn.
  • 10.05.2019 - 27.07.2019 HANNE DARBOVEN - CHARLOTTE POSENENSKE - MERRILL WAGNER - Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf.
  • 30.06.2018 - 11.11.2018 Immer anders, immer gleich. Ein Versuch über Kunst und Systeme - Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur.
  • 01.12.2017 - 02.04.2018 Künstlerbücher. Die Sammlung - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg.
  • 16.09.2017 - 31.10.2017 Deutschland 8 – German Art in Beijing - Yuan Art Museum, Beijing.
  • 13.09.2017 - 14.01.2018 Delirious. Art at the Limits of Reason 1950-1980 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • 19.05.2017 - 27.08.2017 Hanne Darboven. Korrespondenzen - Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
  • 22.01.2017 - 13.08.2017 Primary Structures - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.
  • 05.11.2016 - 29.07.2017 Hanne Darboven: Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983 - Dia:Chelsea, New York.
  • 30.04.2016 - 30.10.2016 Zeichnungsräume - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg.
  • 18.09.2015 - 14.02.2016 Hanne Darboven. Aufklärung - Haus der Kunst, Munich.



  • 1985: Edwin Scharff Prize, Hamburg.
  • 1994: Lichtwark Prize, Hamburg.
  • 1997: Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
  • 2000: Honorary professor at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts.



  • Timeswings - Hanne Darbovens Kunst, documentary by Rasmus Gerlach, 85 min, Germany 2016.



  • Hanne Darboven / Gepackte Zeit, Dirk Luckow (Publ.), Hamburg 2017.
  • Hanne Darboven. Unbändig, Verena Berger, Ostfildern 2015.
  • Hanne Darboven: Korrespondenz. Briefe 1967 - 1975, Dietmar Rübel, Petra Lange-Berndt & Susanne Liebelt (Publ.), Köln 2015.
  • Hanne Darboven: Enlightenment, Okwui Enwezor (Publ.), London 2015.
  • Minimalismus in Deutschland - die 1960er Jahre, Ausstellungskatalog, Renate Wiehager (Publ.), Ostfildern 2012.