The UK premiere of Hanne Darboven’s Requiem was performed by Thomas Dahl, Director of Music at St. Peter’s Church in Hamburg and selected by the artist for her 60th birthday recital in 2001.
Darboven is one of the most radical of the conceptual artists. In 1968 she adopted the date as the basis for every future work, as a daily act of writing time. Requiem is her major composition for organ, based on calculations using dates 1.1.00 to 31.12.99, plus parts of Bach’s Toccata in D minor. It powerfully represents all the days of the 20th century.
Hanne Darboven was born in Munich in 1941. Following a brief episode as a pianist, she studied painting at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. Between 1966 and 1969 she lived intermittently in New York City, then returned to her family home in Hamburg, where she continued to work until her death on 9 March 2009. Her first one-person show was at the Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, in 1967. Darboven has participated in many international exhibitions, including Documenta 5 (1972), Documenta 6 (1977), Documenta 7 (1982), and Documenta 11 (2002); São Paulo Biennial (1973); and 40th Venice Biennale (1982). Her major solo exhibitions include: Sprengel Museum, Hannover (1996); Dia Center, New York (1996); Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (1997); Sperone Westwater, New York (1998); and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (1999). The most recent UK exhibition of her work was at Camden Arts Centre in 2012.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 12. UK Premiere.