Martin Kippenberger, ‘Worktimer’, 1987, ICA Miami

Image rights: Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

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

Groninger Museum, 
Groningen, Netherlands,
Die Neuen Wilden. Figurative Malerei in der BRD in den 80er Jahren
Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, 
Augsburg, Germany,
Aufruhr in Augsburg. Deutsche Malerei der 1960er bis 1980er Jahre
Haus der Kunst, 
Munich, Germany,
Geniale Dilletanten. Subkultur der 1980er Jahre in Deutschland
GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, 
Kutna Hora, Czechia,
Images For Images (Artists fir Tichy)
Oper Leipzig, 
Leipzig, Germany,
Eine Frage (nach) der Geste
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