Martin Kippenberger


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This catalogue, published in an edition of 650 copies on the occasion of the exhibition “Martin Kippenberger” at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, January 10-February 7, 2015,
is a great piece of documentation of the exhibition. Through 192 photographs spanning 200 pages, this book takes in each and every work and installation view in great detail.
This solo exhibition of works by German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997) , made possible in collaboration with the Estate of Martin Kippenberger and Galerie Gisela Capitain, was the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Japan. Kippenberger was one of the most influential artists to come out of postwar Germany and he played a pivotal role in establishing the postmodernism aesthetic between the late 1970s and 1990s. He was an artist, actor, dancer, heavy drinker, novelist, musician, and traveller. His unique and wild lifestyle was matched by his prolific and varied output, which spanned multiple media including paintings, sculptures, collages, posters, photographs, performances, installations, multiples, and books. The core of the Taka Ishii exhibition was a large-scale installation, which was originally produced in the 1990s and comprises 38 multiples, six posters, one painting, and three hotel drawings.

Text by Minoru Shimizu (English and Japanese), plus a list of all works in the exhibition.

Martin Kippenberger
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