Martin Kippenberger - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ralph Wernicke, Berlin
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Martin Kippenberger: the problem perspective, 21 September 2008 - 5 January 2009, p. 337 (another example illustrated)
    London, Dickinson, Martin Kippenberger: The Posters and Invitation Cards 1977 - 1997, London, 2015, no.16, p. 86-87 (illustrated)
    Vienna, Kunstforum Wien, Martin Kippenberger: XYZ, 8 September - 27 November 2016, p. 186 (another example illustrated)

  • Literature

    I Had A Vision, exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 1991 (illustrated on the cover)
    Uwe Koch, Annotated catalogue raisonné of the books by Martin Kippenberger 1977-1997, New York, 2003, no. 93, p. 224-225 (another example illustrated)
    Manfred Hermes, Martin Kippenberger, Cologne, 2005, no. 48, p. 151 and p. 161 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Created as a dust jacket for his seminal 1991 exhibition New Work (Put Your Eye In Your Mouth), at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kippenberger produced twenty deluxe unique versions of the exhibition catalogue, titled I Had A Vision. For this exhibition Kippenberger also presented a series of works on paper, employing artist Adam Kuczynski to produce the watercolours which feature a rendering of Kippenberger’s artist publications and a magnifying glass. Directly referencing Kippenberger’s love of printed matter and complementary exhibition materials, I Had A Vision exemplifies the artist’s playful experimentation across a variety of mediums. Also on display was an example of his Das Ende des Alphabets edition, establishing the show as a major collection of works celebrating Kippenberger’s diverse and provocative oeuvre. For Kippenberger, the ‘materials are not supplemental but are at the core of his practice. Like the hundreds of Hotel drawings, the volume and breadth of Kippenberger’s publications offer a critical mass’, (Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective, 21 September 2008 - 5 January 2009, p.98). The exhibition also featured his installation Untitled (Carousel with ejection seat), a looped train track snaking through the exhibition which explored the idea of relocation, change and transit.


I Had A Vision – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

signed and dated 'Kippenberger '91’ right edge
pencil and watercolour on paper
22.3 x 49.7 cm. (11¾ x 22½ in.)
Executed in 1991.

£20,000 - 30,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £37,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017