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Portrait Martin Kippenberger
  • © Rainer Fetting
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Rainer Fetting (*1949)

  • TitlePortrait Martin Kippenberger
  • Date1978
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Nessel
  • Dimensions160 x 159,5 cm (Bildmaß), 164 x 163,5 x 4 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert und datiert rückseitig: "Fetting 78"
  • Inscriptionbezeichnet rückseitig: "Kippenberger For-rot"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 8873/00
  • CreditlineErworben im Rahmen der Künstlerförderung aus Mitteln der Deutschen Klassenlotterie Berlin von der Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur, Referat Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 1998
  • On DisplayNo

The painting shows artist Martin Kippenberger (1953 - 1997).
Among the artists of his generation, he showed the greatest
consistency in viewing image-creation as a key purpose of his
work. In 1978 Kippenberger moved to Berlin for three years and
founded the “Kippenberger Office” together with gallery owner
Gisela Capitain. For a short time he also worked as manager of
the Kreuzberg punk club SO 36, where he organised concerts,
exhibitions and events. He stood out among his artist
colleagues, wearing a formal suit as we can see in this painting,
which he commissioned from Rainer Fetting.
Kippenberger initiated a change in the (self-) conception of the
artist: rather than seeing himself as a shaman and healer of
social inadequacies, he appears as the manager of his own
career. In this sense, Fetting’s Hommage to Kippenberger was
also a programmatic painting for the “Neue Wilde”. By staging
themselves as a group of artists, in the early period they were
pursuing marketing strategies with equal ingenuity.