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Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) worked across multiple mediums; painting, collage, drawing, written word, sculpture and installation. Kippenberger produced a remarkable body of work from the mid-1970s until his untimely death in 1997 at the age of 44 in Vienna, Austria. He attended Hamburg Art Academy in 1972 and left after sixteen semesters without graduating. 

Kippenberger once proclaimed that he was the ultimate embodiment of the art of the 1980s. Drawing on Punk, New Wave, Neo-Expressionism and appropriation art, his artistic thinking reveals itself in his prolific output, from multiples, books, posters and cards to paintings, objects, installations. His work mediates on popular culture, art, architecture, music, politics and history, and his own lived experience, where no subject was off-limits. His works are distinguished by their wit and actionist energy which corresponds with the highly communicative and performative personality of the artist himself.