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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Martin Kippenberger

(1953 - 1997), Germany

Highly prolific during his career, Martin Kippenberger remains one of the most influential German artists of his the post war era. Alongside Albert Oehlen, Dieter Göls and Günther Förg, Kippenberger refused to adhere to any specific medium, working across sculpture, painting, photography and installation. His humourous works were not without serious political intent, which later had him accused of neo-Nazism. Confronting art at the turn of the millenium, Kippenberger calls into question the possibility of artistic authenticity and originality. His works reflect the discontent of German youth of the 70s with leftists politics whilst remaining critical of the expanding influence of consumer culture over West Germany. 

His experimental practice ranged between Polke-esque abstraction and photorealism, yet behind the farce often contained a critical analysis of the institution of art and society. Recently a retrospective of his work was held at MoMA. His work is also held in public collections around the world.

Featured Artworks

Untitled (Krieg böse) by Martin Kippenberger contemporary artwork Martin KippenbergerUntitled (Krieg böse), 1991 Oil on canvas
240 x 200 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Ohne Titel, Herr Ober (Untitled, Waiter) by Martin Kippenberger contemporary artwork Martin KippenbergerOhne Titel, Herr Ober (Untitled, Waiter), 1987 Metal, varnish, briefcase
294 x 68 x 48 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled (from the series Black Rubber Paintings) by Martin Kippenberger contemporary artwork Martin KippenbergerUntitled (from the series Black Rubber Paintings), 1991 Latex, acrylic, pigment on canvas
180 x 150 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Untitled (Tokyo Table) by Martin Kippenberger contemporary artwork Martin KippenbergerUntitled (Tokyo Table), 1990 Table with wooden table cloth, metal structure, picture frames with styrofoam packaging with photographs of a Japanese noodle dish
97 x 120 x 81.5 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Martin Kippenberger, Solo exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
10 January–7 February 2015 Martin Kippenberger Solo exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Report Berlin, Boners and Brecht 7 Jun 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Apparently my timing sucks. One week too late for Berlin Gallery Weekend, and one month too early for the Berlin Biennale. ‘You should have been here last weekend for Berlin Gallery Weekend!’ a Berliner friend exclaimed. ‘Everyone was having orgies at Soho House! It was the best art world networking!’ I shifted...

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In Related Press

Remembering Martin Kippenberger’s Self-Performance Related Press Remembering Martin Kippenberger’s Self-Performance Hyperallergic : 17 March 2017

On March 7, 1997, German artist Martin Kippenberger died of liver cancer at the age of 43. His death marked the end of an extraordinary and prolific career that included painting, installations, music, books and ephemera, and even a brief foray into acting.

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