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Martin Kippenberger, Korrekte Syntax (Correct Syntax) (detail), 1987, wood, silk-screen print on Plexiglas, stickers, filing-card holder, 48 7/8 x 11 x 18 7/8". From the series “Peter-Skulpturen” (Peter Sculptures), 1987. All works © Estate Martin Kippenberger. Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Martin Kippenberger

Hamburger Bahnhof

Martin Kippenberger, Korrekte Syntax (Correct Syntax) (detail), 1987, wood, silk-screen print on Plexiglas, stickers, filing-card holder, 48 7/8 x 11 x 18 7/8". From the series “Peter-Skulpturen” (Peter Sculptures), 1987. All works © Estate Martin Kippenberger. Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

Hi, here I am, that must be enough.

—Martin Kippenberger

ALL OF BERLIN IS DELIGHTED: Martin Kippenberger is back in town. Contrary to popular belief, it was not in Cologne but here that the artist launched his career. It was in Berlin that he opened Kippenbergers Büro (an “office” specializing in communication) and where he served as bustling manager to the legendary punk club SO36. Inevitably, mention of his name is accompanied by nods to his unbounded lifestyle—as is currently the case at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, where “Martin Kippenberger: Sehr Gut | Very Good” is framed (via introductory wall text) by a retelling of the storied painter’s “life of excess.” No doubt a wealth of anecdotes accompanies the circulation of his work, and no doubt this is largely due to various market players, art historians, and journalists building a posthumous legend around him. But this

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