Daniel Baumann is an art historian, freelance curator, and art critic for Kunst-Bulletin, Parkett, TATE ETC., Camera Austria, Spike Art Quaterly and other publications. He is the curator of the Adolf Wölfli-Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Bern and the curator of Nordtangente-Kunsttangente, a project for art in public space in Basel, Switzerland. As a freelance curator, he has organised exhibitions such as Love is a Battlefield at 27 Canal Street in New York in 2003 (organised in collaboration with Mai-Thu Perret, Carissa Rodriguez and Fabrice Stroun). In 1997, he realised the first retrospective of Martin Kippenberger’s work (Martin Kippenberger. Respektive 1997–1976 at Mamco, Geneva) and, in 1998, together with Peter Pakesch, the first survey of Kippenberger‘s self-portraits (Martin Kippenberger. Die Selbstporträts at Kunsthalle Basel).
Held on the late Martin Kippenberger’s birthday, this afternoon symposium responds to the artist’s satirical final work, The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ 1994.