Martin Kippenberger

Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Among the slew of obituaries and exhibitions sparked by Martin Kippenberger’s death two years ago was a show of the artist’s self-portraits curated by Peter Pakesch and Daniel Baumann at the Kunsthalle Basel. These self-portraits have now arrived in Hamburg, as part of the first comprehensive Kippenberger exhibition in Germany. The survey also includes installations (such as Heavy Burschi, 1989–90, and Sozialkistentransport, 1989), a selection of Lanternen (Lanterns), 1990–91, a great number of hotel drawings, paintings, and other works from throughout the artist’s career, as well as the large-scale furniture installation, The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s “Amerika,” 1994.

The Hamburg show takes place at a time when, surprisingly, reservations still persist about the Kippenberger phenomenon. These qualms seem somewhat misplaced since Kippenberger’s work, despite its seeming radicalism, doesn’t

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