Konstruktion/Perforation New York, 1966/67 | © Elsa Okazaki, Courtesy Galerie Crone
Hanne Darboven undoubtedly belongs to the canon of contemporary art, and has made a lasting impact since participating in four iterations of documenta in Kassel.
Both the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, recently dedicated comprehensive retrospectives to Darboven. The exhibition presented at Crone during Gallery Weekend is directly linked to these two retrospectives, and focuses on concepts of ‘explanation’ and ‘chronicles’ in Darboven’s work, which Okwui Enwezor, director of the Haus der Kunst, describes as the core of her artistic legacy.
The monumental work “Evolution Leibniz” (1986) consists of 444 sheets of paper and has only been exhibited once before at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover in 1996. Her early “Konstruktion” drawings from the 1960s, also presented here, lay the foundation for her unique system of numbers and codes describing time and space. Typewriter and photography works from the 1970s further accompany these two, larger bodies of work.
Together, the artwork on display offer a condensed overview of the internal and external nature of Darboven’s conceptual art – to comprehend and visualize time and space, as indivisible parameters, and essential organizing principles of world events.