Lot 309
  • 309

Martin Kippenberger

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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Description

  • Martin Kippenberger
  • Bibabeluna (Cola ist nicht Bluna)
  • titled

  • acrylic and silkscreen on fabric
  • 180 by 150cm.; 70 7/8 by 59in.
  • Executed in 1987.

Provenance

Michel Würthle, Berlin
Galerie Hauser & Wirth, London
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Geneva, MAMCO, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Martin Kippenberger - Retrospektive 1997-1976, 1997

Literature

Exhibition Catalogue, London, Tate Modern, Martin Kippenberger, 2006, p. 38, fig. 12, illustrated as part of an installation in colour

Condition

Colours: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the overall tonality is brighter and more vibrant in the original work, with the plain fabric tending more towards natural canvas and the painted section of the chequered fabric towards bright orange. Condition: This work is in very good condition. There are some fine lines of discolouration towards the outer edges of the composition. Upon very close inspection there are some minute fly spots in places throughout the composition. There is a small patch of dark discolouration in the beige fabric to the upper right corner, as is visible in the catalogue illustration, and a small dark stain to the centre of the extreme left edge.
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Catalogue Note

Controversial in his art as well in his life, Martin Kippenberger was a relentless self-promoter who always broke taboos and consciously nurtured misunderstandings in his art and life. His manipulation of his own image was integral to his art, and the numerous self-portraits he made throughout the course of his life form his most acclaimed and revealing canon of works. They contain a self-critical critique of portrait painting as well as exuding an arbitrary dependence on the self that was the key to his work. The present work is a highly symbolic and intimate self-portrait that dates from the creative pinnacle of Kippenberger's career. In it he recycles an image from one of his first self-portraits that had showed him half-naked pinning a gingham drawing against a gingham background (fig. 1). Like in that work, the appropriated kitsch of the red and white fabric here gives the composition a playful and tongue-in-cheek-tone that contravenes the high-seriousness traditionally associated with the genre. He was to develop this theme of unflattering self-depiction further in the iconic series of self-portraits he made the following year which took as their inspiration a photograph of Picasso dressed only in his white cotton y-fronts.