May 16, 2019 - Lenbachhaus Munich - BODY CHECK
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May 16, 2019

Lenbachhaus Munich

Martin Kippenberger, Untitled (from the series "Hand Painted Pictures"), 1992. © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

BODY CHECK
Martin Kippenberger – Maria Lassnig
May 21–September 15, 2019

Exhibition opening: May 20, 7pm

Lenbachhaus Munich
Luisenstraße 33
80333 Munich
Germany

www.lenbachhaus.de
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BODY CHECK
Martin Kippenberger – Maria Lassnig
May 21–September 15, 2019

Exhibition opening: May 20, 7pm

Lenbachhaus Munich
Luisenstraße 33
80333 Munich
Germany

www.lenbachhaus.de
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The exhibition BODY CHECK. Martin Kippenberger – Maria Lassnig ventures an unexpected encounter: it is the first to confront the works of these two influential protagonists of 20th-century painting with each other. Both artists undertake a searching painterly examination of their own physical existence. The frail and fragmented body serves them as a metaphor for social and psychological conflict. Pain and suffering, absurdity and humor are inextricably interwoven in these studies of the flesh. Maria Lassnig and Martin Kippenberger sought to cast the maladies of human life into artistic form by dramatizing the female and male bodies. Their theatrical creations are self-portraits in the classical sense, but without the air of heroism which is a hallmark of the genre. Both reveal their disfigurements and the ravages of illness in depictions that are alternately mocking and self-pitying—but never fall for the trope of the eminent artist and his traditional attitudes. The results are touching self-explorations; in Lassnig’s works, they take on an aspect of obsession and introversion as she wrestles with the theme of the artist’s role, framing what we can recognize today as a feminist perspective. Kippenberger’s paintings, sculptures, and drawings signal a sense of humor that complements Lassnig’s wit with a note of inscrutable grotesquerie. The exhibition is arranged to initiate intimate conversations between about one hundred selected works on loan from international collections that are rarely on public display. A dialogue commences that reveals intersections and shared concerns as well as differences between the artist’s approaches to the theme of the body.

An exhibition project in cooperation with the Museion. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen/Bolzano

Curated by Veit Loers
with Elisabeth Giers and Matthias Mühling

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition (de/it/eng) with essays by Kirsty Bell, Anna Fricke, Veit Loers, and Peter Pakesch has been released by snoeck publishers.

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