Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art

Martin Kippenberger (1953–97) was a prolific artist who made hundreds of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, photographs, posters, invitation cards and books. From the mid-1970s until his death from liver cancer at the age of 44, he produced a varied body of work, finding inspiration in popular culture, art, architecture, music, politics and history. For instance, he created a series of six life-size sculptures, each cast in a different material; drew on hotel stationery that he collected during his travels; and made a drawing from an iconic 1970s photograph of Pablo Picasso in his underwear portraying himself as the aging master.

This is the first major retrospective of his work in the US and includes 250 pieces made from 1977 to 1997. The exhibition is in two parts: the main body of Kippenberger's work is on show at MOCA Grand Avenue, and the large-scale installation featuring, among other works, "The Happy End of Franz Kafka's 'Amerika''' (1994) is at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.



September 21, 2008 through May 1, 2009
MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 153 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California
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