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(1953 – 1997), Germany

Martin Kippenberger Biography

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. 

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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.

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Untitled (Krieg böse) by Martin Kippenberger contemporary artwork painting
Martin Kippenberger Untitled (Krieg böse), 1991 Oil on canvas
240 x 200 cm
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Ohne Titel, Herr Ober (Untitled, Waiter) by Martin Kippenberger contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Kippenberger Ohne Titel, Herr Ober (Untitled, Waiter), 1987 Metal, varnish, briefcase
294 x 68 x 48 cm
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