Over two hundred works by the German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) are on show at Tate Modern.
The Daily Mirror had great fun when little-known Martin Kippenberger first exhibited solo in London in 1992. However, gallery owner Karsten Schubert forecast that "in 200 years time people will be comparing these (exhibits) to Van Goghs". Just fouteen years later, and nine years after his death, Kippenberger has a major exhibition at Tate Modern.
He exposes himself and his inspiration with the ephemera which was shown in Paris in his life time. This is part of the fun aspect of the show. There are samples of drawings made on hotel writing paper. He sometimes lived in hotels but his obsession with stationery became so great that he began obtaining headed sheets from hotels he had never even visited for a meal. If he did eat in one he sometimes drew the main dish.
Beyond White Paintings, which are worth a pause and not to be too quickly dismissed, is most extraordinary display. In the largest hall at the heart of the exhibition there is tiered seating for the visitor to view a collection of largely Fifties furniture including flea market acquisitions.
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