May 7th, 2009

Martin Kippenberger at Capitain Petzel

Artist: Martin Kippenberger

Venue: Capitain Petzel, Berlin

Exhibition Title: TMB

Date: May 1 – June 13, 2009

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin

Press Release:

Martin Kippenberger‘s ‚Magical Misery Tour‘ through Brasil lasted from the 15th December 1985 to the 22nd March 1986. Three months in Brasil were too long just to be fun, it was Brasil until it hurt.

Besides Rio de Janeiro, Kippenberger also visited the North of the country, acquired a gas station by the sea in Salvador de Bahia and named it ´Tankstelle Martin Bormann/Gas Station Martin Bormann‘´. The rumour that this prominent exponent of National Socialism had fled to South America at the end of the Second World War was still persistent in the 1980‘s. With the fictionally acquired gas station, Kippenberger gave Bormann a camouflage address and the possibility of an income in exile. Kippenberger allegedly installed a telephone line and employees were obliged to answer calls with ‘Tankstelle Martin Bormann’.

The spoils of this journey included diaries, posters, post cards, catalogues, a concert, records (together with Albert Oehlen), printed t-shirts, sculptures, photographs, graphics, the installation with the name ´Tankstelle Martin Bormann´, and several series of paintings. These paintings feature, apart from Brasil´s modernistic architectural forms, the ‚round‘ in all its multiple variations. After his return Kippenberger said that Brazil was first and foremost round – the ever-shining sun, the curving ornamentation of the Copacabana, the round forms of women in their bikinis… Sheets of cardboard were silk-screened and painted with advertising slogans from simple Brazilian paper nap- kins and product logos, together with a schematic depiction of Kippenberger´s hat (A MASSA NO HELP). They were not only used for the sculptures ´Rückenschwimmer/War Gott ein Stümper/Backstroker/Was God a Bungler‘ and ´Baumaßnahme/Construction Measure´, but also served as a basis for the 40 round Tondi and for the frames of the paintings. In Kippenberger´s first monographic museum exhibition `Miete Strom Gas/Rent Electricity Gas´ at the Lan- desmuseum in Darmstadt in 1986, these works formed the core of the exhibition.

Kippenberger stuffed the back side of the sculpture ´Rückenschwimmer/War Gott ein Stümper/Backstro- ker/Was God a Bungler’ with Brazilian bank notes; the monetary crisis during his visit to Brazil was a further reference to German history. Beside the evocation of a famous Nazi through the naming of an old gas station, the devaluation of the Brazilian currency in the middle of the Eighties recalled the rapid decline in value of the Reichsmark in the Weimar Republic.

„Schreiende Sonne. Sambaakzente. Kreischende, psychedelische Flammen. Sündhaft teurer Whisky. Love- Kino volle Breite. Vibrierende Tänzerinnen. Mitreissende Hits, Mindestverzehr. Wochenendcocktail. Stunden des Countdowns. Endlose Darbietungen wie Haarekämmen. Grooveabteilungen. Zappelnde Scheisse. Frivole Tischbestellungen von Air-Guitars begleitet. Ausgezeichnetes Bier vom Faß. Gutgelaunte Momente, Inferninios. Mac Donalds. Krach. Mulattenpupillen. Scherbenvariante. Arschvitrinen. Aufpassende Frauen. Andere Bur- schen. Äquivalent für Jesus. Schrille hübsche Töchter von Papa Hemingway. Devotionalien für die Macumba. Geldwechseln. Tolle Tage. Grinsende Straßen. Verdatterte Schnelligkeit. Eis mit Cola. Cola mit Eis. Versetzte Tanzflächen. Oskar Niemeyer. Entfesselte Energien. Billig, teuer, Dollar weg, Cuzero rein, je oller, je doller. Frei- stilbalancen. Noch ein bisschen Geld wechseln. Vorhang zur Seite. Straßenclubs. Ekstase im Unterhemd. Jede Menge Puppen. Cooler Effekt. Vielfalt und Unbefangenheit. Dolby selber mitbringen. Palado bonno. Welch ein Traum. Die Becken rufen. Die Kellner winken uns nach. Aber das glaubt uns doch zu Hause keiner.“ (from the Rio Tagebuch by Martin Kippenberger, 1986)

Link: Martin Kippenberger at Capitain Petzel

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