Martin Kippenberger: Sehr Gut

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Karen Rester reviews the Martin Kippenberger retrospective at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, on view through August 18, 2013.

Rester writes that Kippenberger's "über-expansive oeuvre of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, drawings, books, collages, poems, posters, stickers—which spans a mere 20 years and yet would fill the careers of several artists—will take several lifetimes of exhibitions to unpack … [the curators] organized Kippenberger’s work sometimes by theme or series, sometimes by medium or place, grouping together, for instance, his Florence series, his exhibition posters, his hotel stationary drawings (the peripatetic artist lived and worked in over 18 cities and towns), and his self-portraits. These are accompanied by personal letters, photographs from significant moments in his life, and his humorous sayings stenciled on the walls (‘Never give up before it’s too late!’), underscoring the need to consider his work in the context of his personal life."

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