Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bad Art or Not? A Sampling of the work of Martin Kippenberger

Vatican needs more faith in modernism

Modern Art Is Rubbish - at least that's Martin Kippenberger thought

Martin Kippenberger
Zuerst die Fusse (feet+first)

Drunken Master

The short-lived German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) made a rambunctious art that is of a piece with his grandly uninhibited personality. Legendary for a hard-drinking lifestyle that frequently involved singing and stripping to his underwear, Kippenberger somehow, magically, could animate a scene (notably in Cologne, his home base) with a special avant-garde creativity. He took his act around the world, and is now famous not only for an imaginary global subway system but also for artworks made on hotel stationary. The last U.S. survey of his work was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1991, six years before he died of liver cancer at the age of 44. ...more

As I was perusing his images on the web, I did wonder why he depicted himself in underwear so often.

Further Works by Martin Kippenberger

Modern Art Is Rubbish - at least that's Martin Kippenberger thought


  1. The thing about art like this is I don't care for it, don't understand it - and don't care to.

    I am glad you posted it, however.

  2. I saw the MOMA show. I loved it.

  3. I honestly wish I understand what he was trying to say with is art. It's creative...I can see that. :)

  4. Some things are pleasing to the eye, some are not. If I knew why I liked something or not would be nice, but I don't know why I like or dislike an art object.
    I like the first piece. In fact, I wrote a caption:

    "I hear on a clear day you can see Jerusalem from here."

    My comment, is it a good comment, or bad comment?

    I also like the thinking man in the corner.

    Oh, and thanks again for the message at my place. Very kind of you.

  5. I sometimes wonder if a lot of modern art is random on purpose, and while it has the appearance of containing some deep message, it's actually without intended content. Like visual static. And part of the message (or meaning) is this meaninglessness. But, as I've said before, here and on posts several years ago on my own blog, that's only interesting once or twice. Then it's time to get on with saying other things.

    But I think some of these pieces ARE about other things. I like the portait in his underwear. But no one should expect one like that from me anytime soon...

  6. well everyone is entitled to their pov but i don't have to like it....the guy in the underwear, further works ,did make me smile and that's rather important right?

    no, just don't like it this time...nope, nada nada, no..

    but hi to you, are you getting snow there?
    xoxoxo ♥

  7. I love this stuff. Don't think too hard about it, just smile and giggle.

  8. I think the crucified frog is crap.

    I like the painting style - it's original and it is a self-parody. If it's not that according to the art experts, it still makes me chuckle. I'm essentially with The Cunning Runt and Linda.

    The big sculpture/installation nonsense can be perplexing and when it becomes too much, if I'm in a museum, I walk away. Sometimes I never go back. :-)

    Steve: Actually, I think a lot of contemporary art is really trying to say something. It's just that human experience has become so esoteric, it's hard for people who don't know the artist as a person to understand its meaning. Sometimes it enhances my appreciation of a work of contemporary art, if I read about it before or after I actually view it. I don't like that, always, but it provides new food for thought sometimes. I have had concept sort of ideas at times that if I'd been able to create those ideas in a tangible form, it would've resulted in something hard for others to figure out at face value.

  9. I have this picture to accompany my frog memorabilia. I find it fascinating.


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