Martin KippenbergerThe Beginning was a Retrospective 1992

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Martin Kippenberger (1953‑1997)
The Beginning was a Retrospective
From Pop it Out
Date 1992
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 677 x 872 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2005
Not on display


This poster was designed by German artist Martin Kippenberger on the occasion of an exhibition of his work called The Beginning was a Retrospective held at Karsten Schubert Gallery in London between January 1991 and January 1992. Despite its title, the exhibition did not present an overview of Kippenberger’s work to date. A book was published to coincide with the opening, consisting of fourteen catalogues of previous exhibitions at Karsten Schubert Gallery that Kippenberger bound together and called As Time Goes By. The exhibition and the book can therefore be seen to express Kippenberger’s cynicism towards the idea of an artist’s retrospective (see also Candidature for a Retrospective 1993, Tate P79160). From 1990 onwards Kippenberger worked more frequently with other artists on the production of his posters. The initial designs for this poster were produced by the American artist and critic Ronald Jones (born 1952)… (read more)

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