Martin Kippenberger

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Martin Kippenberger's work spans several mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, collage, and printmaking. His work is rich in political commentary, reflections on his own biography, as well as on the role of the artist.

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Martin Kippenberger

B. 1953


Martin Kippenberger was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1953. For two prolific decades, Kippenberger critiqued consumerism, pop culture, and the art world status quo with provocative Neo-Expressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, collages, and installations. Drawing from disparate art historical references including Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Sigmar Polke, Pop Art, Social Realism, and punk, he remixed old styles to generate wild, funny, and new modes of artmaking.

Martin Kippenberger, Vorne, 1996
Martin Kippenberger, Hinten, 1996

Through the years, Kippenberger developed a diverse style that incorporated caustic political commentary. His harsh criticism of the artistic status quo and societal issues of daily life became evident through provocative imagery and recurring motifs that in many cases represented the artist himself and aimed at shocking and disturbing the viewer. Kippenberger’s acerbic and humorous works call into question the artist’s role within society and culture at large, as well as wider concerns of humanity. This unrestrained, bountiful commentary about the world around him is what makes Kippenberger’s oeuvre so powerful and compelling.

Kippenberger’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally, including at the Museum für Gegenwart, Germany; the Picasso Museum, Spain; Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Martin Kippenberger died in Vienna in 1997.


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