The Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997) retrospective filled the entire museum with over 350 works: paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, books, posters, and invitation cards. It was divided into sixteen sections which were not arranged in chronological order. For two decades, Kippenberger devoted himself to an intense and extremely wide range of artistic production. He employed a fierce irony to examine behavior in the art world and in society in general. He enjoyed asking disturbing questions, such as “What is your favorite minority?” He refused to exhibit qualities that might please viewers, such as his virtuoso painting skills. For Kippenberger, art was a tool with which to critique and unsettle. Although politically active, he rejected the image of the artist as prophet in the style of Beuys. He did not hesitate to become part of the performance, all the better to deconstruct the accepted role of artist.
- Daniel Baumann was an associate curator to this exhibition