Martin Kippenberger

Galerie Bleich-Rossi

There’s a new butt for jokes in Germany. Following the proud owners of the East German Trabant, now Opel Manta drivers are in the limelight. Film directors have already picked them as lead actors in their comedies. The Manta is not just any old sports car; its body isn’t bursting with elegance, and its whining motor doesn’t sound like power unleashed. And still it’s a sports car, a sports car for the everyman, and good enough for a quick getaway at the corner, or to leave a lasting impression on your favorite friseuse. Martin Kippenberger likes to use jokes. He dives into Manta–mania, and fearlessly slogs through the deepest swamps of vulgar emotions. Art and dumb jokes, two mutually repellant elements: he assembles them into units loaded with tension. Kippenberger had eight dashboards carved out of tree trunks—a strange collision of technology and handicraft. But only when one discovered

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