Martin Kippenberger, ‘North America’, 1982, Blum & Poe

About Martin Kippenberger

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.

German, 1953-1997, Dortmund, Germany, based in Vienna, Austria

Solo Shows

Martin Kippenberger: The Posters and Invitation Cards 1977 - 1997
New York,
Sculpture after Artschwager
New York,
The Raft of the Medusa

Group Shows

ARNDT | Melbourne, Australia | "SPRING 1883" | On display works of French artist Mathieu Briand | Sidebooth Martin Kippenberger
GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, 
Kutna Hora, Czechia,
Images For Images (Artists fir Tichy)