Martin Kippenberger (born in 1953 in Dortmund, died in 1997 in Vienna) is one of the most important and simultaneously controversial artists of the twentieth century. »Self-promoter«, »enfant terrible«, »art punk«, »the epitome of ‘épater le bourgeois«, »unique artist« – the labels tagged onto Kippenberger are as numerous as they are conceptually empty, nevertheless are always concentrated on the artist’s extraordinary personality. An interpretation so closely associated with the artist’s biography opens up a much simplified and not unproblematic approach to an art that derides categories, whose real principle is perhaps even – anti-category. Thus Kippenberger stated laconically in 1979: »OK, people can categorise me. – If they are able to.« Kippenberger’s work covers painting, drawing and graphics, sculpture, photography, posters, installations, performance, artist’s books and writing, also curatorial and collecting activities; this capability of being classified and all the »isms« of art history are the very things he avoids.
Nevertheless, Kippenberger’s work has been canonised and has arrived in the cathedrals of art. This has to do with the topicality of his fundamental questioning about artistic authorship, into which he integrated »everything and everybod «. »Think today, ready tomorrow,« was one of Kippenberger’s famous premises, a pithy expression for the Utopia of artistic originality. Complex channelling of citations, verbal wit and manic wordplay, self-referential associative systems, criticism of institutions, self-irony, multi-media awareness and network character – words we might use to describe Kippenberger’s work starting in the mid-1970s, long before these slogans became a firm part of the vocabulary of contemporary art and cultural theory.
The 2016 autumn exhibition devoted to Martin Kippenberger is being planned in close cooperation with the Estate Martin Kippenberger/Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and places particular focus on Kippenberger’s pictorial and textual works, also his »Vor- und Nachbilder« (Models and Imitations) of art history. A tactful, work-centred approach will demonstrate the discourse sparked off by Kippenberg through his work and the traps he set, into which the art business is still compliantly stumbling.
- Wed. 26 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Thu. 27 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Fri. 28 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Sat. 29 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sun. 30 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Mon. 31 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Tue. 01 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Wed. 02 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Thu. 03 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Fri. 04 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.