Hanne Darboven, art & project, BULLETIN 28, Amsterdam, 1970

Duration: October 24 November 13, 1970

Dimensions:  29.6 x 21 cm

Further Information: Run from 1968 to 2001 by Geert van Beijeren & Adriaan van Ravesteijn, art & project was a very influential art space and gallery, particularly for the conceptual art movement. Each invitation was sent in the form of a numbered bulletina format the gallery kept until 1989 with a total of 156 magazines. Almost all of the bulletins have the same format and layout: While the front revealed the information about the show, the inside was typically designed by the exhibiting artists themselves and thus functioned as an edition.

Before leaving to New York in 1968 Hanne Darboven studies at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. In her years in New York she met many artists from Minimal and Conceptual Art such as Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, and Joseph Kosuth as well as the gallerist Leo Castelli with whom she remained in close exchange in the years to come. Affected by the exchange with fellow artists, Darboven created her first constructional drawings on graph paper based on calendar entries and dates. After her first solo show at Konrad Fischer Galerie in 1967, Darboven quickly gained international acclaim taking part at documenta 5 in 1972 and documenta 6 in 1977. Continuously experimenting with number codes and music scores, the artist represented Germany at the Venice Biennial in 1982.

A short film by Freunde der Nationalgalerie by Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (in German) gives a short insight into the practice of the Hamburg-born artist Hanne Darboven, on occasion of a retrospective show dedicated to her correspondences with other artists from the early Minimal and Conceptual Art movements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxfhYLCe2iU

Another short film, produced by Haus der Kunst in Munich and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn also presents her work in a short film via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJ15MUrsaY


Images: All images from this invitation and other examples of art & project invitations on this website are part of the Sammlung Marzona, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.


Outstanding not only for its minimalist layout and cover design, the art & project bulletin was unique for the individual double spread that it offered for each show to the exhibiting artist for her or his individual design. This invitation below has been designed by Ger van Elk as the art & project, Bulletin 19, 1970.