Martin Kippenberger - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck

  • Exhibited

    Graz, Galerie Bleich Rossi, Fallen und fallen lassen – Merlin Carpenter, Ulrich Strothjohann, Martin Kippenberger, Michael Krebber, 5–17 October 1991 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Roberto Ohrt, Martin Kippenberger in Tirol: Sammlung Widauer, exh. cat.,Cologne: Walther König, pp. 76–79, 95 Karola Grässlin, Kippenberger Multiples, exh. cat., Graz: Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2003, p. 113 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kippenberger points to the inherent tragedy of the everyday using the seemingly banal objects of our life and that make up popular culture. In this case, he uses a wooden replica of the dashboard of an Opel Manta which was destroyed in a car crash – the dashboard even carries the imprint of the driver’s skull. Alluding to the German stereotype of the Mantafahrer, or Manta-driver, Kippenberger asks a question typical of the many so-called Manta-jokes (roughly the equivalent of the British ‘Essex’ joke): “What goes through the head of an Opel Manta driver when he drives into a tree?”, and in doing so, he sardonically pokes fun at both the subject and teller of the joke.


Opel-Manta-Armaturenbrett (Opel-Manta-dashboard)

29 × 131 × 31 cm (11 3/8 × 51 5/8 × 12 1/4 in).
This work is unique from an edition of 10 differently coloured copies plus 1 artist’s proof. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

17 February 2012