Martin KippenbergerThe No Problem Pictures 1986

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Artist
Martin Kippenberger (1953‑1997)
Title
The No Problem Pictures
Die No Problem Bilder
Date 1986
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 850 x 590 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2005
Reference
P79106
Not on display

Summary

This poster was produced by German artist Martin Kippenberger on the occasion of his exhibition The No Problem Pictures, held at Christoph Dürr Gallery, Munich, in 1986. Kippenberger was fascinated by Germany’s history, and in particular the nation’s post-war concern with ‘Vergangenheitsbewältigung’ (‘coming to terms with’ or ‘mastering’ the past). With his No Problem Pictures, however, Kippenberger chose to embrace Germany’s uncomfortable history rather than overcome it, hence the appearance of Adolf Hitler in this poster. Exploring the creative potential of shame and failure, the No Problem Pictures continue the project of his earlier ‘Is Not Embarrassing’ Pictures 1984.

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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