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Martin Kippenberger (born 1953 in Dortmund, died 1997 in Vienna) is one of the foremost and simultaneously most controversial artists of the twentieth century. »Self- promoter«, »enfant terrible«, »art-punk«, »bogey of the bourgeois« – the labels adhering to Kippenberger are as numerous as they are vacuous, but always concentrate on the artist’s exceptional personality. One reason for this might be that a personality cult has always clung to the most prominent artists of twentieth-century art, among whom Kippenberger meanwhile surely belongs. 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. »Think today, ready tomorrow« was one of Kippenberger’s famous premises, a pithy expression for the Utopia of artistic originality.

»Martin Kippenberger« is on show at Kunstforum Wien from 8. September – 27. November 2016.
Martin Kippenberger Das Ende des Alphabets, 1989 Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne Foto: A. Burger, Zürich
Martin Kippenberger Ohne Titel, 1995 Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Martin Kippenberger L’Atelier Matisse sous-loué à Spiderman, Galerie Soardi, Nizza 1996 Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Martin Kippenberger Kasperle XIII (Porträt Rainald Götz), 1993 Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne Foto: studio be, Thomas Berger, St. Georgen
Martin Kippenberger Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Hand Painted Pictures), 1992 Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Martin Kippenberger Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Fred the frog), 1990 Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Martin Kippenberger Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich, 1990 Privatsammlung, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne Foto: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich
Martin Kippenberger Zuerst die Füße, 1990 Sammlung Stolitzka, Graz © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne Foto: Helga Krobath, Wien
Martin Kippenberger Ich kann beim besten Willen kein Hakenkreuz entdecken, 1984 Friedrich Christian Flick Collection © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Martin Kippenberger 1/4 Jhdt. Kippenberger als einer von Euch, unter Euch, mit Euch, Berlin, 1978 Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne Foto: Simon Vogel, Köln
Martin Kippenberger Ohne Titel (Selbstporträt), 1975/76 Privatsammlung © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Andrea Stappert Martin Kippenberger im Atelier Lindenstraße, Köln 1985 © Andrea Stappert
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