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Hanne Darboven & Film

In conjunction with its exhibition, "Hanne Darboven: Works 1969/1972/1983" (September 4 to November 7) the Busch-Reisinger Museum is delighted to join the Harvard Film Archive in presenting the American premieres of two films by German artist Hanne Darboven. Like many European and American artists active in the late 1960s, Darboven turned to the film medium as an alternate way of exploring her visual thinking. In addition to the two works by Darboven, there will be a special showing of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, a film invoked by the artist in a work included in the exhibition. Each of the films will be introduced by either Peter Nisbet or Brigid Doherty, co-curators of the exhibition.


September 25 (Saturday) 3 pm
October 22 (Friday) 6 pm
Free Event!

The Moon is Risen

Directed by Hanne Darboven
West Germany 1983, 45 min.

This film reflects the substantial enrichment of media and imagery which Darboven’s art has undergone since the late 1970’s. A meditation on her visual and geographical environment, it intercuts three different sequences, each with very different soundtracks: scenes of a lively carnival with attendant noise; filmic explorations of the Hamburg-area town in which the artist lives, set to Handel’s "Fireworks Music"; and interior shots of Darboven’s wunderkammer-like house and studios, accompanied by her own music, derived from the calendrical counting that is a consistent thread in her work.

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September 25 (Saturday) 3 pm
October 22 (Friday) 6 pm

hanne-maria.jpg (13389 bytes)The Year 68 in 6 Books in 6 Films

Directed by Hanne Darboven
West Germany 1969, 84 min.

This is a filmed version of one of Darboven’s major early works, in which the calendrical dates for the year "68" of any century are rendered into tables and grids of numbers in various visual formats. All the pages of the resulting six notebooks of notations in pen and ink are here filmed in a neutral, "minimal" style parallel to the experiments in minimal cinema by such contemporaries as Michael Snow, Walter de Maria, and Andy Warhol.

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October 24 (Sunday) 7 pm

The Marriage of Marian Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
West Germany 1978, color, 35mm,120 min.
With Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, and Ivan Desny
German with English subtitles

Critically and commercially this was Fassbinder’s most successful film worldwide. As a parable of post World War II Germany, the film recounts the life of Maria Braun (Hanna Schygulla) from an impoverished war-bride into a successful business woman. The best known of Fassbinder’s trilogy of historical films about the Federal Republic’s "economic miracle" and one of the major productions of the new german cinema, The Marriage of Maria Braun also demonstrates Fassbinder’s ambition to produce the German equivalent of a classic Hollywood movie. 

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