Martin KIPPENBERGER (1953-1997)

Martin Kippenberger is a protean artist. He is recognized, today, as one of the most defining artists of his generation as a result of his provocative and politically charged works.

Born in Germany in 1953, he studied at the Hamburg School of Art with Sigmar Polke. Both shared the same attraction for hippie and underground culture. In 1978 he founded the Kippenberger Büro in Berlin, where he organised exhibitions with young artists and became the director of the legendary SO36 club. In 2014, two paintings from 1988 fetched $ 18m at Christie’s (including Untitled sold for $ 22.5m). At the end of this auspicious year, his auction proceeds reached in the vicinity of $ 60m, ahead of the performances of Anselm Kiefer, Albert Oehlen and Andreas Gursky.

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