Hanne Darboven (born 1941 in Munich, DE; died 2009) was a Hamburg-based German conceptual artist celebrated for her large-scale, minimalist installations. According to self-imposed rules, the artist focused on the thematic concept of time and the course of history. She used the calendar as a conceptual basis for her art, using dates and periods of time as the backbone of her works (for instance, One Month, One Year, One Century, 1971).… Read more
About the artwork
24 Gesänge is a meticulously rendered silkscreen diptych made up of recurring grids of handwritten musical scores and notation. The musical composition is based on the artist's self-invented numerical language where numbers, notes, and letters are combined. Having briefly pursued a career as a pianist, Darboven's innate sense of rhythm and tempo is unmistakable in works such as this. In addition to the characteristic handwritten grids, a gramophone record draws the eye to the lower-right corner, and the diptych is supplemented by two cassettes comprising of the work's musical accompaniment.