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Martin Kippenberger

German, 1953–1997

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Martin Kippenberger

German, 1953–1997

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Martin Kippenberger emerged amidst Neo-Expressionism as an artistic provocateur. Taking on a range of figures and movements—from his proclaimed hero Pablo Picasso to Pop, Minimalism, Socialist Realism, and Expressionism—Kippenberger’s prolific paintings, sculptures, and installations commented on the modern world and the artist’s role in it. He explored concepts like consumerism, originality, and self-mythology, and struggled with the “perceived death of painting.” In 1987, he turned a monochrome canvas by Gerhard Richter into a coffee table; in his series “Lieber Maler, Male Mir” (“Dear Painter, Paint for Me”), he commissioned a commercial artist named Werner to produce several works, then signed them “Werner Kippenberger”. Kippenberger is also known for his many self-portraits—often inserting himself into historical paintings—and for his “Peter” sculptures of readymade objects presented as artworks. “My style is where you see the individual and where a personality is communicated through actions, decisions, single objects and facts, where the whole draws together to form a history,” he once said.

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$23m, Christie's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 6 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 20 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Martin Kippenberger emerged amidst Neo-Expressionism as an artistic provocateur. Taking on a range of figures and movements—from his proclaimed hero Pablo Picasso to Pop, Minimalism, Socialist Realism, and Expressionism—Kippenberger’s prolific paintings, sculptures, and installations commented on the modern world and the artist’s role in it. He explored concepts like consumerism, originality, and self-mythology, and struggled with the “perceived death of painting.” In 1987, he turned a monochrome canvas by Gerhard Richter into a coffee table; in his series “Lieber Maler, Male Mir” (“Dear Painter, Paint for Me”), he commissioned a commercial artist named Werner to produce several works, then signed them “Werner Kippenberger”. Kippenberger is also known for his many self-portraits—often inserting himself into historical paintings—and for his “Peter” sculptures of readymade objects presented as artworks. “My style is where you see the individual and where a personality is communicated through actions, decisions, single objects and facts, where the whole draws together to form a history,” he once said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$23m, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 6 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 20 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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A Collection of Martin Kippenberger Posters and Cards Presents a Rich Visual Biography
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A Collection of Martin Kippenberger Posters and Cards Presents a Rich Visual Biography
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