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Martin Kippenberger

Matin Kippenberger, <i>Disco Bomb</i>, 1989, 
Mirrored discoball, wig, 
diameter: 40 cm, Edition of 9
Matin Kippenberger, Disco Bomb, 1989,
Mirrored discoball, wig,
diameter: 40 cm, Edition of 9
Martin Kippenberger, <i>Untitled(Medusa)</i>, 1996
mixed media on hotel stationery
11.61 x 8.27 inches (29.5 x 21 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, Untitled(Medusa), 1996
mixed media on hotel stationery
11.61 x 8.27 inches (29.5 x 21 cm)
Matin Kippenberger, <i>Untitled(Rubber painting)</i>, 1990
Acrylic and latex on canvas
94.5 x 79 inches (240 x 200.7 cm)
Matin Kippenberger, Untitled(Rubber painting), 1990
Acrylic and latex on canvas
94.5 x 79 inches (240 x 200.7 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, <i>Untitled</i>, 1987
Wood, paint, screws
30.71 x 30.71 x 30.71 inches (78 x 78 x 78 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, Untitled, 1987
Wood, paint, screws
30.71 x 30.71 x 30.71 inches (78 x 78 x 78 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, <i>Plusquamperfekt - gehabt haben, Past perfect - have had</i>, 1984
oil on canvas
62.99 x 52.36 inches (160 x 133 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, Plusquamperfekt - gehabt haben, Past perfect - have had, 1984
oil on canvas
62.99 x 52.36 inches (160 x 133 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, <i>Untitled (Nr. 91/12) from the Krieg / Böse series</i>, 1991
oil, acrylic, tempera, mixed media on canvas
94.49 x 78.74 inches (240 x 200 cm)
Martin Kippenberger, Untitled (Nr. 91/12) from the Krieg / Böse series, 1991
oil, acrylic, tempera, mixed media on canvas
94.49 x 78.74 inches (240 x 200 cm)

Biography

Martin Kippenberger
(1953-1997)

Martin Kippenberger was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1953. An extremely prolific artist, Kippenberger worked in multiple mediums, which included painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, posters, photography and collage. Early influences in his career include the works by Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Through the years, he developed a diverse style that did not shy away from sometimes caustic political commentary. His criticism of the artistic status quo and daily life issues would become evident through provocative imagery and–eventually–recurrent motifs that in many cases represented the artist himself and aimed at shocking and disturbing the viewer. Kippenberger’s caustic and humorous works called into question the artist’s role within society and culture at large, as well as deeper issues of general culture and humanity, and his commentary did not go unnoticed. His famous Zuerst die Füsse (Feet First) from 1990, a self-mocking sculpture of a crucified frog with an egg and a beer mug, was created in response to harsh criticism that the artist received in an art publication. This unrestrained, bountiful commentary about the world around him is what makes Kippenberger’s oeuvre so powerful, and compelling.

Both within his life, and since his passing, Martin Kippenberger’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions have been held in institutions such as the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin in 2013, the Picasso Museum in Málaga, 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2008-2009, the Tate Modern in London and the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf in 2006, the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna, the VanAbbe Museum in Eindloven and the Museum für Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe and at the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen in 2003.
Martin Kippenberger died in Vienna in 1997.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013
The Raft of Medusa, Skarstedt, New York

2011
Eggman II, Skarstedt, New York

2009
Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2008
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective, MOCA, Los Angeles, California
Martin Kippenberger: Livres et Ephemeras 1977-1997, Florence Loewy, Paris, France
Martin Kippenberger : Grässlin Art Space, St. Georgen, Germany

2007
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna, Austria
Martin Kippenberger: Invitations and Posters 1977-1997, Dickinson Roundell Inc. New York
Martin Kippenberger: Utopia for everyone, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany

2006
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

2005
The Bermuda Triangle, Syros to Dawson City: The First Connection and 40 Drawings from the Collection of Michel Wurthle, Foundation 20 21, New York
Self-Portraits, Luhring Augustine, New York (catalogue)

2004
Forgotten Interior Design Problems in L.A., El Pueblo de la Reina, Los Angeles, California
Brasilian Aktuell The Magical Mystery Tour, Gagosian Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2003
Museum Für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (catalogue)
Venedig 2003 (with Candida Höfer), Venice Bienalle, German Pavillion, Venice, Italy (catalogue)
Das 2 Sein, Museum fur Neue Kunst / ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Schattenspiel im Zweigwerk, Martin Kippenberger, die Zeichnungen, Museum fur Neue Kunst in der Kunsthalle, Tubingen
Nach Kippenberger / After Kippenberger, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Germany
Multiples, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Die Weissen Bilder von 1991, Galerie Barbel Grasslin, Frankfurt, Germany

2002
Martin Kippenberger– Hotel Drawings, David Zwirner, New York
Martin Kippenberger-– Metro-Net Projects, Beaumont-Public + König-bloc, Luxembourg
Martin Kippenberger– Selected Works, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

2001
Martin Kippenberger- ‘Bilder einer Ausstellung’, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, Germany

2000
Martin Kippenberger: Hotel Drawings and The Happy End of Franz Kafka's Amerika', joint exhibition at The Smart Museum and The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York

1999
Martin Kippenberger: Self-portraits, The Happy End of Franz Kafka's 'America', Sozialkistentransport, Lanterns, etc., Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Together Again Like Never Before: The Complete Poster Works of Martin Kippenberger, 1301PE, Los Angeles, California
David Nolan Gallery, New York

1998
Martin Kippenberger, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, California (catalogue)
Martin Kippenberger, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Martin Kippenberger, Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)
Martin, steirischer herbst 98, Graz, Austria
Hotel Drawings, Works on Paper, Los Angeles (catalogue)

1997
Respektive, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Der Eiermann und sien Ausleger, Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Germany
Kathe Kollwitz Prize Exhibition, Akademie der Bildendun Kunste, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York

1996
Made in Syros, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece
Galerie Mikael Anderson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
Samia Saouma Gallery, Paris, France

1995
Directions: Martin Kippenberger, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Exit of the Underground Station Dawson City West, Dawson City, Canada

1994
Galerie Borgmann-Capitain, Cologne, Germany
The Happy End of Franz Kafka's Amerika, Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam
Espace Departemental d'Art Contemporain, Chauvigny, France
Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, Germany

1993
Candidature á une Retrospective, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Pictures of an Exhibition, Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri (catalogue)
Entrance to the Subway Station Lord Jim, Kthma Canné Hrousa, Syros, Greece
Villa Arson, Nice, France
David Nolan Gallery, New York
Samia Saouma Gallery, Paris, France

1992
Metro Pictures, New York
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria
Galerie Klein, Bonn, Germany
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany

1991
Heavy Mädel, Pace/MacGill, New York (catalogue)
Luhring Augustine Hetzler, Santa Monica, California
Martin Kippenberger: New Work,San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California (catalogue)
Tiefes Kehlchen, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
The Beginning Was a Retrospective, Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Heavy Burschi, Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
Kunstraum Daxer, Munich (catalogue)
Samia Saouma Gallery, Paris, France
William Holden Company On Tour, Galerie Wewerka & Weiss, Berlin, Germany
David Nolan Gallery, New York
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Klein, Bonn, Germany

1990
Villa Arson, Nice, France (catalogue)
Galleri Nordanstad - Skarstedt, Stockholm, Sweden
American Dreamer in Italy, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy
Heimweh-Highway 90, Fundacio Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain
Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, Germany
Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna, Austria

1989
Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Seville and Madrid, Spain (and 1994)
David Nolan Gallery, New York
Halle Sud, Geneva (catalogue)
New Photographic Works, Galerie F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (brochure)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain
Galerie Sylvana Lorenz, Paris, France
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany

1988
Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

1987
Galerie Susan Wyss, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Norballe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galerie Sylvana Lorenz, Paris, France
Pop In, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, Germany
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna, Austria

1986
Miete Strom Gas, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany (catalogue)
Galerie Durr, Munich, Germany
Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany
CCD Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany

1985
Galerie van Beveren, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York
Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Graz, Austria
Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Frankfurt, Germany
CCD Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, Germany
Galerie Klein, Bonn, Germany
Kuhlenschmidt Simon Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany

1984
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna, Austria

1983
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Max Hetzler, Stuttgart, Germany

1981
Galerie Max Hetzler, Stuttgart, Germany
Galerie Achim Kubinski, Stuttgart, Germany


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
In Homage, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom

2010
James Ensor-Hareng Saur: Ensor et l'art contemporain, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Arts, Ghent, Belgium
“Out Of the Office/ Ruhr 2010, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
Compass in hand, Selección de la Colección de dibujo contemporáneo de la Fundación Judith RSe Não Neste Tempo – Pintura Alemã Contemporânea: 1989-2010 - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, São Pauloothschild - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Happy End, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany
Jeder Künstler ist ein Mensch, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Taking Place, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Transzendenz Inc. Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
Wahrheit ist Arbeit, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany
FischGrätenMelkStand, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin, Germany (closed, 2010)
Mike Kelley / Martin Kippenberger, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
Pop Life: Art in a Material World, National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Modèles modèles 2, Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
TWENTY FIVE, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
The Fate of Irony, KAI 10 Raum für Kunst , Dusseldorf, Germany
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter,Andrew Roth Gallery, New York
Man Son 1969. Vom Schrecken der Situation, Villa Merkel & Bahnwärterhaus, Esslingen
Amor Parvi oder Die Liebe zum Kleinen, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen
Pop Life - Warhol, Haring, Koons, Hirst, …, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

2009
Just what is it..., ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
CThe Irreverent Object, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NYarte Blanche “IX: Vor heimischer Kulisse, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig

2002
En Route, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2001
Wechselstrom- Alternating Current, Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
ABBILD: Recent Portraiture and Depiction, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (catalogue)
(catalogue)

2000
Lost, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Let's Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, (catalogue); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Portland Art Musuem, Oregon; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (catalogue); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2001); Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida (2001) Carnegie International 1999/2000, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalogue)
The Sydney Biennale 2000 (catalogue)
Many Colored Objects Placed Side by Side to Form a Row of Many Colored Objects, Casino Luxembourg, Belgium (catalogue)
Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1999
Double Lives, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)
Millennium My Eye! Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Examining Pictures, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (catalogue)
The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (catalogue)

1997
Documenta X, Kassel, Germany (catalogue)
Skupturenprojekt, Munster, Germany catalogue)
Display,The Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Deep Storage: Arsenale der Erinnerung, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Nationalgalerie SMPK, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf im Ehrenhof; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington (catalogue)

1996
Everything that's interesting is new: The Dakis Joannou Collection (organized by the DESTE Foundation, in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen), Athens School of Fine Arts "the factory
Martin Kippenberger's Villa Hugel for the spirit of the times, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Pulverwiesen, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany

1994
Steirischer Herbst '94, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
The Century of the Multiple: From Duchamp to the Present, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Temporary Translation(s): Sammlung Schurmann, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (catlaogue)
Cocido y Crudo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)

1993
Artist's Books, Museum Haus Lange und Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
Travelogue, Hochschule fuer Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

1992
Ars Pro Domo, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Allegories of Modernism- Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
Post Human, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Pully/Lausanne, Switzerland; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Deste Foundation, Athens; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (catalogue)
Avantgarde & Kampagne, Staedtische Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
Qui, Quoi, Ou? Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Malen ist Wahlen, Kunstverein Munich, Germany (catalogue)
German Photography, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, California

1991
Objects for an Ideal Home, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Buchstaeblich, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

1990
Le Disenchantement du Monde,Villa Arson, Nice, France
Artificial Nature, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art at: The House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
Pharmacon-90, Nippon Convention Center, Makuhari Fair, Nakase, Japan

1989
Investigations, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Kunstverein in Hamburg (catalogue)
I Triennal de Dibuix Joan Miro, Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

1988
Aperto 88, Venice Biennale (catalogue)
Refigured Painting: The German Image 1960-88, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany; and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (catalogue)

1987
Berlinart 1961-1987, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
Buttner Oehlen Oehlen Kippenberger, Villa Arson, Nice, France; Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (catalogue)
Broken Neon,Steirischer herbst 87-Forum, Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
Room Enough -- Sammlung Schurrmann,Suermondt - Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany (catalogue)
Fotografie, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands

1985
Das Selbsportrait im Zeitalter der Photographie, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Anniottanta, Gallerie Communale d'Arte, Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (catalogue)

1984
Wahrheit ist Arbeit, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Zwischenbilanz, Neue Galerie am Joanneum, Graz; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany; Forum fur Aktuelle Kunst/Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck; Rheinisches
Tiefe Blicke, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
Kunstlandschaft Bundesrepublik, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany