Martin Kippenberger

Galerie Max Hetzler

Martin Kippenberger’s exhibition Vit 89 consisted of various curious items—perhaps sculptures, objects, or simply materials in space, or perhaps not. In any case, the items cohered into an ensemble that was installed over two floors, and they produced an image of art that, by means of surprise effects and the titillation of an intellectual amusement park, offered humorous insights that flew directly into the face of “upright” opinions and taboos.

The arrangement of the pieces served as a narrative foundation. The visitor entered, passing through two emblematic welcoming saplings (Emfang der Lord Jim Loge [Reception of the Lord Jim Loge, all works, 1989]). The saplings flaunt the motto, “Keiner hilft keinem” (No one helps no one). The two small female breasts included on the emblem look funny. Similarly, with its unambiguous depiction of testicles, Ball-Heater für Spitzensekretärinnen (Ball

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