Cologne

Martin Kippenberger

Galerie Max Hetzler

Cynicism is one of the modes through which art can reflect reality, and it is by using this mode that Martin Kippenberger has made a name for himself. The works he presented to the public beginning in the early ’80s were all series of small paintings whose themes for the most part were taken from our media-filled everyday world. The neutrality of the subject matter corresponded to the neutrality of artistic realization, with its seemingly effortless appropriation of 20th-century painting styles. Compared with the early paintings of Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, which are similarly trivial in choice of subject matter, Kippenberger’s early works are all much shriller. They plunge the viewer into a torrent of painterly and thematic dissonances. But dissonance is the name of the game in the media world. Measured against the art of the ’60s, Kippenberger’s work has lowered even further the

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