Philadelphia

Philadelphia

“Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne”

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
April 21–July 31, 2006

Curated by Bennett Simpson

The “Cologne effect” of the '80s may have had less to do with artistic innovation than with marketing, packaging, and attitude, but its result was spectacular: The modest-size city on the Rhine emerged not only as the art capital of West Germany but as the most important center for contemporary art outside New York. “Make Your Own Life” maps the mythical surroundings of the late Martin Kippenberger and his excessive friends, many still based in the city. Positioning art production in a broader cultural context, the show presents nearly forty paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos alongside less-exhibited projects (records, publications, posters, and invitation cards). Among the thirty-odd artists included are Kai Althoff, Cosima von Bonin, and Michael Krebber, as well as Americans like Mike Kelley and Andrea Fraser.