- Martin Kippenberger
- Untitled (Showcase with Egg Sculptures)
- glass, metal, artificial resin, wood, lacquer, shampoo bottles, alcohol, ping pong balls, china, electric light and electric air compressor
- 211 by 164 by 86.5cm.; 83 by 64 1/2 by 34in.
- Executed in 1996.
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2001
New York, Skarstedt Gallery, Martin Kippenberger: Eggman II, 2011, pp. 30-33 and 36-37, illustrated in colour
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A vessel for the detritus of modern living Untitled (Showcase with Egg Sculptures) continues the artist’s appropriation of mundane everyday objects and recycles visual elements from his earlier hotel drawings. Encased in a large vitrine like ancient relics, the museum-like display of the three eggs amplifies the idiosyncratic aesthetic of the sculpture and draws reference to the most influential artist of post-war Germany, Joseph Beuys. A distinct visual quotation of Beuys’ display cases, in which the artist subverted the traditional role of seemingly quotidian objects to highlight their social significance, the work pays tribute to this defining figure of German art, and explores contemporary concepts of appropriation.
Within the visual confines of Untitled (Showcase with Egg Sculptures) Kippenberger, “the master of layered innuendo”, has amalgamated broad cultural references and dense metaphorical meaning, to create a work of universal resonance and idiosyncratic artistic wit (Doris Krystof and Jessica Morgan, Martin Kippenberger, London 2006, p. 11).