Retrospective Martin Kippenberger Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

Martin Kippenberger had apparently been a fighter for the freedom of art, and he had taken great care not to make false friends, according to Kia Vahland in her major review in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 2/3 November 2019. Just how unbitter and silly such a celebration of artistic freedom might look is demonstrated by the retrospective at Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. Fortunately, our present is close enough to the 20th century that the outrageous lightness of Martin Kippenberger’s art, with which he negotiated questions of meaning, can still inspire and motivate us.