Martin Kippenberger (German, 1953–1997) led a brief but enormously productive and geographically varied life. Born in Germany, he studied art at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, but lived thereafter in Berlin, Florence, New York and Rio de Janeiro. Described as a Neo-Dadaist for his energetic irreverence, Kippenberger worked freely in several mediums, including painting, sculpture, and poster and book arts.

He also explored a myriad of subject matter, commenting ironically on aspects of the art world including the role of the artist in current art production, the most prominent contemporary artists in Germany (Sigmar Polke, Joseph Beuys, and Georg Baselitz), as well as examinations of canonical art history. Unfortunately, his production was hindered by his alcoholism, and he died of cancer at the young age of 44.

Martin Kippenberger.
Martin Kippenberger
Dortmund, 1953
Germany

Past Exhibitions

The World on Paper

PalaisPopulaire
27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

True Stories: A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties

Galerie Max Hetzler, Goethestraße
14/09/2018 — 27/10/2018

Face and Form

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2017 — 30/11/2018

The Others

König Galerie
12/11/2016 — 22/01/2017

Progressive Praxis

de la Cruz Collection
29/11/2016 — 29/11/2017

Solo Shows

2009
Martin Kippenberger – Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective – MoMA – Museum of Modern Art in New York City, NY

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

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

2006
Martin Kippenberger, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Martin Kippenberger, Work is all cleared up, Pictures 1984/85, Stadel Museum, Frankfurt/ Main
Martin Kippenberger, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York City, NY
Martin Kippenberger, (1953-1997) K21 Art collection North Rhine, Westphalia, the Estate House, Dusseldorf
Martin Kippenberger, Tate Modern, London
Martin Kippenberger, Gallery Baerbel Grasslin, Frankfurt / Main

2005
Martin Kippenberger, Editions, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam
Martin Kippenberger, Dear Painter, paint for me, Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York City
Martin Kippenberger, Self Portrait, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NY
Martin Kippenberger, Floor Collage, NRW Forum for Culture and Economy, Dusseldorf

2004
Brasilien aktuell: The Magical Misery Tour
Gagosian Gallery, London

2003
Das 2. Sein (The Second Being) Museum für
Neue Kunst/ZKM, Karlsruhe
Multiples Kunstverein, Braunschweig
Nach Kippenberger (After Kippenberger) Museum Moderner Kunst,
Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

2002
Dear Painter, paint me CentreGeorges Pompidou,
Paris

1997
Documenta X Kassel, Germany
Der Eiermann und seine Ausleger (The Egg man and his Jib)
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

1994
The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s America
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1993
Kunstverein Kippenberger Fridericianum,
Kassel
Kandidatur für eine Retrospektive Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris Founds
MOMAS (Museum of Modern Art Syros), Greece Construction of
the first subway station, Syros

1991
Put Your Eye In Your Mouth Museum of Modern
Art, San Francisco
Heavy Burschi Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Tiefes Kehlchen Installation, Vienna

1989
Bei Nichtgefallen Gefühle zurück
Halle Sud, Geneva
Die Hamburger Hängung. Umzüge 1957-1988, Fallende Flüge
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

1988
Laterne an Betrunkene and Hühnerdisco
Aperto at Venice Biennale

1987
Broken Neon Forum Stadtpark Graz, Austria
Einfach geht der Applaus zu Grunde Galerie Grässlin-Erhardt,
Frankfurt

1986
Miete Strom Gas (Rent Electricity Gas)
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
Transformation of Hotel Chelsea in Cologne into an art hotel
Sand in der Vaseline CCD Galerie, Düsseldorf

1984
Wahrheit ist Arbeit: Works
by Werner Büttner, Albert Oehlen, Martin Kippenberger Museum
Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Abschied vom Jugendbonus Galerie Thomas Borgmann, Cologne

1983
Gibt’s mich wirklich? Galerie Max
Hetzler, Cologne

1982
Orgonkiste bei Nacht, Fiffen, Faufen, Verfaufen
Studio F Ulm, Germany (Collaborative works with Albert Oehlen)

1981
Ein Erfolgsgeheimnis des Herrn A. Onassis
Galerie Max Hetzler, Stuttgart

1977
Galerie Petersen, Hamburg

1976
Uno di voi, un Tedesco in Firenze series

Group Shows

2010
James Ensor-Hareng Saur: Ensor et l’art contemporain – SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Arts, Ghent
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
Happy End – Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen
Jeder Künstler ist ein Mensch – Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden
Taking Place – Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Transzendenz Inc. – Autocenter, Berlin
Wahrheit ist Arbeit – Villa Schöningen, Potsdam
FischGrätenMelkStand – – Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin (closed, 2010)
Mike Kelley / Martin Kippenberger – Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Pop Life: Art in a Material World – National Gallery of Canada – Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON
Modèles modèles 2 – Mamco – musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
TWENTY FIVE – Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NY
The Fate of Irony – KAI 10 Raum für Kunst , Dusseldorf
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter – Andrew Roth Gallery, New York City, NY
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

2009
Just what is it… – ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
CThe Irreverent Object – Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYarte Blanche IX: >Vor heimischer Kulisse< – Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst – GfZK, Leipzig

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Dortmund Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1953