Martin KippenbergerPeter 1987

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Martin Kippenberger (1953‑1997)
Date 1987
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 824 x 601 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2005
Not on display


German artist Martin Kippenberger produced this poster on the occasion of an exhibition of his so-called Peter sculptures, held at the Max Hetzler Gallery in Cologne in 1987. ‘Peter’ was a term used by Kippenberger to refer to people or things ‘that were somehow generic, un-complex, able to be reduced to a single attribute or function’ (quoted in Goldstein 2008, p.86). Kippenberger’s exploration of the generic can also be seen in the design of this poster, with its mannequin-like figure and its use of advertisement text.

Though prolific as a painter, sculptor, musician and writer, the 178 posters created by Kippenberger throughout his career form a significant body of work. Normally created as screen prints or lithographs in standard advertisement sizes, they were used to promote a wide variety of events from art exhibitions to upcoming parties. From 1986 Kippenberger began to group his posters into folios, though these were united more by date than by similarity of style or function… (read more)

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