Martin Kippenberger

Galerie Gisela Capitain

Martin Kippenberger is, in his own words, a waster, an inciter, a pretender, and a trickster. In a corresponding manner, his art is preoccupied with unrelenting provocation and lightninglike illuminations. He says, writes, and shows all too often and all too clearly what his world view is: a program for playing, an absurd combination of beauty and threat, sanity and insanity, chaos and order, humorous paradox and moral effect. In a sense, this exhibition, entitled “Input-Output,” is a typical one for him, even if it is played in a moderate tone.

This exhibition was divided into two parts, both spatially and according to context. “Hamburger Hängung” (Hamburg hanging), in the entrance area of the gallery, consisted of roughly 90 small works, a combination of photographs, silkscreen prints, and objects. With the exception of one work from 1978, all were made between 1983 and 1988. The hanging

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